Never underestimate yourself.

You are the wilderness!

As I mentioned in my about page, I've worked with hundreds of girls and women in outdoors and collectively we have one thing in common:

We doubt our abilities and compare ourselves to the outdoorsy-est among us.

*Ah comparison, a familiar foe of the female persuasion 

But do you know what else I've noticed across the board?

When a woman portages her first canoe or builds her first campfire, she realizes exactly how capable she truly is.

When a woman lets her modern life slip away in the outdoors for a moment, she centers herself. She returns to her goals and routines, more alive (and less stressed) in every regard.

A relationship with the wilderness is sparked and spills into all aspects of her life, empowering and brightening every corner.

This section of the blog is here to do two things for you:

1. Affirm your ability and empower you to develop a relationship with the outdoors for yourself, no matter where you live or what kind of experience you have.

2. Define what that connection will look like FOR YOURSELF. You don't have to summit mountains or hike across countries to have the most meaningful and beneficial relationship with mama earth!

If you walk away with any message from The Cabin Season I hope it's this: The outdoors, the wilderness, mother nature - she'd like to be a foundation of wellness and inspiration for you. It's your birthright to connect with her in a mutually beneficial relationship. You are the wilderness! (You can thank this Brené Brown book for that perfectly cheesy motivational line)

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Minnesota Specific

*Looking for the Beginner's Guide to Winter Camping? I'll save you some digging - it's right HERE

In three weeks, I’ll be back in the Pepper Shack, gearing up for summer! Hallelujah! In all my summer dreaming, I thought it would be fun to write down some of the places I want to visit in my free time and things I’d like to do. If you’re planning a trip to the Northwoods […]

My 2019 Minnesota Summer Bucket List

It can be hard to know what to pack for a winter camping trip, I know! You’ve got to consider tent options, sleep systems, clothing strategy…and don’t even get me started on the food preparation! Which is why I’ve put together a complete checklist you can steal for your next trip! Here’s the deal, only […]

What to Bring Winter Camping

Recently, Dad and I did something kind of stupid… We had gone out for our daily walk, this time via snowshoe, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The temperature was just below 30 F (-1 C) and we were basking in it like a fat cat in a windowsill.  We had hiked down to the rapids […]

4 Reasons Why it’s Important to Play Outside! (Yes, like a kid!)

If you’ve ever thought about selling it all and moving to a cabin deep in the woods, maybe you’ve asked yourself, “How would I get in and out? Would there be a road? Would I hike in?” Or maybe you’ve thought, “Wouldn’t it be easier to just live in a cabin with road access?” Yes, […]

Living Remotely – A Transportation Guide

The night after the January blood moon, Cassidy was in the middle of telling me a story when we crested over a hill to discover them, a mama moose and her yearling baby trotting down the middle of the Gunflint Trail. I put the brakes on, skidding down the hill straight for the pair. Under […]

How to See a Moose Every Week

Let me set the scene: The first team of the 2019 Gunflint Mail Run, Bib #1, Frank Moe, is at the start line getting ready. It seems like all of the Gunflint Trail has spilled out of their cabins, clad in Mukluks and Carhartt, to participate in this celebration of our history. Photographers are set […]

Why Going to a Sled Dog Race has been the Highlight of my Winter (So Far)

Recently, some friends have asked me to recommend some ski resorts out west for their winter vacation. I LOVE skiing out west! You really can’t go too wrong booking a ski trip there. But if I may, let me suggest a ski trip you might not have considered – a Midwestern ski trip! “Whaaaaa? You’re […]

The Best Skiing in the Midwest – An Insider’s Guide

Looking for a complete guide to make your midwest ski trip a success? This guide covers everything from where to ski, where to stay, and where to eat!