Welcome to my blog, Trail Dust Dirty Girl (TDDG)! It is filled with my personal adventure stories, recommendations of “Must See” places, delicious backpacking cuisine recipes, as well as tips and tools for surviving in the great outdoors.  Most of TDDG blog relates to backpacking, but does include other outdoor interests as well.  Be sure to visit “My Story” and my first “Blog” while here! WhooHoo!!!

This is a living document and a “work in progress”, please feel free to message me with any comments or suggestions that would help this page be even better. Please “follow” my blog, and I’d also love for you to follow me on Facebook (yolanda.nowicki) and Instagram (ynowicki) too.  

I hope that you will enjoy my blog and many Happy Trails to you! ~Solo Yolo


Thousand Island Lake, Eastern Sierra

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Canada or Bust! (Jasper National Park)

I could definitely live in Jasper…My kind of national park, quaint town, and mountainous topography. The town and park have so much to offer, from spectacular scenery to activities that challenge anyone’s sense of adventure! We spent a week here, but I could spend a lifetime!!! Canada please take me away!

Canada or Bust! (Banff National Park)

Nothing has taken my breath away as the Canadian Rockies did when I first gazed upon their glorious sight last summer. I was blown away at the enormity of these mountains! Canadian Rockies are similar to the Sierra, but on steroids! It was as if I was transported to a whole different world, a place that I’d never ever want to leave. I truly fell in love with the mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes, rivers, animals, and yes especially, the Canadian people. If I had the opportunity to relocate there, I would in a heartbeat. Canada literally stole my heart!

3-Day Winter Mountaineering Course in the Sierra (Twin Lakes, Bridgeport, CA)

I’ve been winter snowshoeing and camping on many occasions, but this was the first time in eXtreme conditions. The Sierra Mountains are as stunning and spectacular as they are relentless and unforgiving. We are but mere specs in its vastness and power…As it very well should be.

Three Sisters Loop, OR (50 mi/4 days/7000′ elev gain)

Three Sisters loop is one of the “must do” backpacking trips in Oregon. This scenic loop has quite diverse terrain, from gorgeous rivers, emerald lakes, splendid water falls, beautiful colorful wild flower-filled meadows, stunning jagged rock formations, to thousands of years old volcanoes. Follow me on my adventure through history…

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