A few days in Montana

Greetings from the road! If you follow along with my Instagram, you'll know that two weeks ago (exactly!) I packed up my old Chevy Trailblazer and started a five week cross-country road trip! Honestly CAN'T believe it's already been two weeks, and at the same time, those first few days feel like a lifetime ago. Does that make sense? The power of Summer, I guess. 

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After racing across the Midwest, my first actual destination was Glacier National Park in Montana. Thanks to the best copilot in the world (looking at you, V), I made it there in record time. After my first visit to this park last year, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. And this time around, I saw SO MUCH wildlife! Literally within hours of being in the park, I came across bighorn sheep, mountain goats, moose, and bearssss. 

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I got my fill of hiking in first, with a day spent around Logan Pass. If you do intend to hike in this area, I recommend getting there SUPER early. By 8.30 am the parking lots and nearby spots were full. But hey, that's the season for ya! 

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Wildlife and hikes aside, my favorite part of the trip was hands down a night paddle on Lake McDonald with new pals. That's what I love about this community. Within minutes of meeting people, they can feel like lifelong friends! Some of us hadn't gotten our fill of each other the night before, and decided a proper sunrise send off was in order. Guys. When it's not smoky, Two Medicine Lake is THE spot for sunrise. It's a bit of a drive from the rest of the park, but that also means it's less crowded. Win/win for us! 

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My first few days of this trip set the bar veryyy high for the rest of it. But that just meant the rest will have to work that much harder to leave an impression! Excited to share more soon (when I can find wifi again).

xo

J.

4th of July Camping Trip with Duraflame

Hi guys!

This past week we gathered up our swimsuits and shorts and headed north to seek solace from the sweltering Summer sun. Luckily, the mountains always provide some relief! To celebrate the 4th, we pitched our tent near the lake, and spent the evening enjoying our cozy campfire (built entirely with Duraflame® Campfire Roasting logs!), lighting sparklers, and eating one too many s'mores. 

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This was our first time making a campfire entirely consisting of Duraflame® logs. And to be honest, this was probably the easiest fire I've ever started! Each bundle comes with four logs, and are made from 100% renewable resources, including real wood charcoal. We started our fire with just a couple logs, and piled on a few extra as the night went on. And they LAST (we're talking up to two hours of burn time)! After our initial build, the few extra we added kept our fire burning high and toasty. One thing that really struck me was how fast we were able to get hot coals - perfect for roasting marshmallows! 

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A few other awesome things to note with these roasting logs is how efficient they were in creating that perfect, toasty campfire. Even better? No trees are cut down to produce them! Duraflame® Campfire Roasting Logs light faster and burn more completely than firewood, producing about 60% less particulate emissions than a comparable wood fire!  These statistics definitely make me re-think my use of traditional wood fires, and I know I'll for sure be packing these up for next month's trip out west!  

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xo

J.

This post is in partnership with Duraflame®.

Woolrich Road Trip : Oregon to Alaska

Hi guys! 

As promised, sharing more from my big road trip from Oregon to Alaska! I was so excited to bring one of my favorite Northeast brands, Woolrich, along for the ride again. Even though it was Spring time, we knew we'd still be hitting colder temps and SNOW up north in the mountains. I made sure to pack appropriately, and included a roundup of my favorite flannels for the journey. 

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In Washington and BC, we bundled up in classic Buffalo plaid flannels. My tried and true favorites are the Women's Pemberton Boyfriend Tunics (you guys may recognize them from some of my past adventures). They've been my go-to style since Fall, I seriously just can't give them up! They're made of a lightweight cotton, but still provided enough warmth to keep the morning chill at bay. 

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As on every road trip, I can't leave home without one of my Woolrich wool blankets. From the plane or car, to nights by the campfire, they're one of my travel must haves! This time around, I brought along the Seven Springs 100% Soft Wool blanket in the classic Buffalo Plaid. I love the weight and size of this one, perfect for snuggling up or keeping on the end of your bed in the colder months.

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Once we crossed the BC border into the Yukon, we could definitely feel the shift toward cooler temperatures. From here, it was time to break out the heavier flannels, like the Alaskan Wool Shirt (appropriate, as that was our final destination!). I have a couple colors in the Women's version, and love how warm these shirts are. The Men's version feels a bit heavier than mine, but still make for a great layer (or even a shirt jacket for warmer nights). 

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Once we crossed that final hurdle into Alaska, we had A LOT of snow to play in! Even though it was almost June, this place definitely runs on its own timetable when it comes to the seasons. I was so happy to have my trusty Arctic Parka with me, and got to put it to good use on the last leg of this trip! The cold weather is definitely no match for this one. Tons of pockets, water-resistant, and super warm, I can not sing enough praises for this parka.

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From start to finish, this was such a breathtaking experience. And with three weeks on the road, I was so happy to have some cozy pieces to wrap myself up in! Will be sharing a few more snaps from this trip soon! Stay tuned. 

xo

J.

This post is in partnership with Woolrich