Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a California transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Minnesota. It was there that I first fell in love with backpacking after attempting a thru hike of Missouri's Ozark Trail. Since then, I've completed the Pacific Crest Trail (17') and have plans to attempt a solo hike of the Superior Hiking Trail in the fall of 2018. When not backpacking, I'm trying my best to overcome my fear of heights by rock climbing, practicing yoga, and searching for the best burrito in the Midwest.. so far with no luck. You can follow my adventures here on The Trek or on Instagram @alexamshapiro. And... seriously... if you know of a good burrito place... hit me up.
Hello friends and family! Good news, we made it safely through the Sierras! I'll be posting a more thorough blog update later, along with a few other
A week into the Sierras, and boy are our feet wet. Literally. The high volume of snow this year has led the trail to be inundated with water
Before we set off on this adventure, I had grand ambitions for my yoga and meditation practice. Despite being a teacher, I've always struggled to
Days on trail: 85 Miles hiked: 1,369.20 Days without a shower: 14 Strangest thing seen: A man dressed as a T-Rex. Guess what, guess
"Hitchhiking isn't illegal, but you could just ask me for a ride." A highway patrol officer stood on the sidewalk, giving us a knowing look.
Days on trail: 67 Miles completed: 963 Most recent sighting: A bear! (From Bighorn) and a quail (From Bonsai). As I stare up at the ceiling
Let's go to Oregon, shall we? At the Oregon California border as we headed south. It's fun crossing a state border for once! If you've heard
Our first night in the Sierras, our crew of eight was snowed on. Photo by Joey Rice, AKA Sultry Bear, of his tent covered in snow night one of
Well, we've made it to Kennedy Meadows, the end of the CA desert and portal to the Sierras. After 700 plus miles on trail, I figured now was a good
Lately Bighorn and I have fallen into a routine of hiking alongside one another. It's created great opportunities for us to break away from our own