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!!!

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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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Big Pine Lakes via North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail (10.5 mi/10,059′ elev/3000′ elev gain)

Put Big Pines Lakes on your “Must Hike List”!!! My usual hiking area is from the Mammoth northward, so this trail really surprised me with it’s grand scenery, gently flowing creek, and pristine alpine lakes. Similar to many trails in the Sierra, this is definitely one that shouldn’t be missed.

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.

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