Hiking the John Muir Trail in California

Who the heck was John Muir?

He is the most famous and influential American conservationist, having been called, “Father of our National Parks.” He also founded the Sierra Club, and taught the people of his time about experiencing and protecting our lands.

A few basics about the trail:
  • The trail is in California & is 211 miles long
  • It runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney (the tallest peak in the lower 48!)
  • It winds through some amazing parks: Yosemite, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wildernesses, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
  • You DEFINITELY need a permit! Yosemite wilderness permit reservations are available 24weeks in advance. More info on how & where to apply can be found HERE. There are only 45 permits per day to reduce the impact on the environment.
  • The distance can be covered between 2-3 weeks. Keep in mind the distance, elevation, river crossings, and resupplies. Consider taking a few “zero days” at lakes and hiking huts, to rest and to chill out.
  • The Golden Permit is from Happy Isles to Mt. Whitney, BUT you can section hike the trail! This means not hiking the entire trail, but maybe just for 5 or 10 days.

Getting onto a long-distance trail is a way to truly disconnect in one way, and to connect with nature in a new way. It’s empowering and challenging. It gives you to the time think about what kind of legacy you want to leave in this world.

“If you think about all the gains our society has made, from independence to now, it wasn’t the government. It was activism. People think, ‘Oh, Teddy Roosevelt established Yosemite National Park, what a great president.’ BS. It was John Muir who invited Roosevelt out and then convinced him to ditch his security and go camping. It was Muir, an activist, a single person.”
— Patagonia founder and outdoor enthusiast Yvon Chouinard

You might be surprised at the brilliant ideas you come up with, or problems solved while you’re breathing fresh air and focusing on putting one foot in front of the other.

Have you been thinking about doing a multi-day backpacking trip? Where to? Do you need support? Reach out and let me support you!  Connect with me here!

Be a part of National Cleanup Day!

September 21, 2019 is National CleanUp Day and is being held in conjunction with World CleanUp Day. 157 Countries, 18 million plus volunteers participate worldwide, this is a major day for mother nature!

Here are a few ways that you can help this year:

  1. Partner or register with a friendly, local non-profit if possible. You can learn more at NationalCleanupDay.org/Events!
  2. Invite co-workers, friends, and family.
  3. Talk about it on social media. #NationalCleanUpDay #WorldCleanUpDay
  4. Hold your own event. Be a good volunteer, have fun, be social, and safe.
  5. Start your own team at NationalCleanupDay.org/Join-us!
  6. Tell the world what you did! Invite local Media before event and tell them about results afterward.
  7. You can even track your area’s progress with my friend’s app Litterati- A Litter Free World. Download it here!

Try Plogging. You’ll get hooked.

Have you noticed whether you’re on the trail, the beach, or just around your neighborhood that trash piles up?

What can you do about it?

I know!!!

Have you tried “plogging”?


Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter (Swedish: plocka upp)! It started as an organized activity in Sweden.

As a workout, it provides variation in body movements by adding bending, squatting and stretching to the main action of running, hiking, or walking.

In support of National Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 21, 2019. We hope you can do your part in cleaning up our country.

You can even track it with my friend’s app, Litterati!  How cool is it that you can track litter in your backyard, on your street, and in your environment!

Looking for more fun ways to get out outside?  Visit me here!

Traveling Solo: Living a Passport Lifestyle

Interview with Annette Poliwka, introduction by Denise Stegall

Have you ever dreamed of living out of your suitcase?  Traveling the world, seeing everything there is to see all while working or getting paid?

Sounds great, doesn’t it.

But… traveling solo scares you to death!

In her interview with Theresa Fleche in The Passport Lifestyle Series, Annette Poliwka discusses her view of traveling solo and how it can be the highlight of your trip!

See what else Annette has planned, click here!

Get on Your Bike and Ride!

By Annette Poliwka

Did you know that May is BIKE Month?

When was the last time you rode your 🚲 to an outdoor event?

What about to work?

Around the block?

Riding a bike has many environmental benefits including the fact that it is a pollution-free mode of transport and bikes reduce the need to build, service and dispose of cars.

Cycling just 10km each way to work (about 6 miles) would save 1500 kg of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year.

Not only are you more active when you ride a bike, but you are also happier.


Additionally, riding a bike has been proven to improve your sex life as well as decrease your risk of cancer. That makes me happier just thinking about it!

Go ahead, give it a try. Pull out the bike, pump the tires with some air, and grab a helmet!

There are plenty of bike-friendly activities, especially this month that you can ride to!

So get out there! And I bet you that you’ll be smiling with every peddle.

Top Ten Hiking Essentials

1. Navigation: electronic & paper: map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB) or satellite messenger

2. Sun protection: sunglasses, sun-protective clothes and sunscreen

3. Headlamp: plus extra batteries

4. First aid: including foot care and insect repellent

5. Repair kit and tools: duct tape, knife, screwdriver, and scissors

6. Fire: matches, lighter and fire starters

7. Emergency Shelter: tent, space blanket, tarp, or bivy

8. Food: dense superfoods

9. Water: bladder & portable filter

10. Clothes:  jacket, fleece, hat, gloves, rain shell, thermal underwear

Annette Poliwka

Visit: releaseyourfemininewild.com