Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro

Alexa here, better known on trail as Bonsai. I'm a Minnesota transplant living in the beautiful driftless region of Winona. 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.

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And with that, Oregon is complete.

And with that, Oregon is complete.

When we left the Sierras and set our sights on Oregon, it was with a bit of trepidation and anticipation in our bellies. We had heard such

Aug 25, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Q&A post-California

Q&A post-California

A little late but as promised, here's a list of some questions and answers we've been asked during our time hiking through California.

Aug 20, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Update from the Trail: Overview of the Sierras and our Trailcation

Update from the Trail: Overview of the Sierras and our Trailcation

As promised, I wanted to take sometime to reflect on the remainder of our Sierra experience and talk about our short trailcation (trail-vacation) in

Aug 9, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Quick Update from the Trail: Out of the Sierras!

Quick Update from the Trail: Out of the Sierras!

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

Aug 8, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Update from the Trail: The Sierras

Update from the Trail: The Sierras

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

Jul 27, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Yoga on the Move: Tips for the Traveling Yogi

Yoga on the Move: Tips for the Traveling Yogi

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

Jul 27, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Northern California ✔️

Northern California ✔️

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

Jul 18, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Lending a Hand: Lessons Learned from Generosity

Lending a Hand: Lessons Learned from Generosity

"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.

Jul 7, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
Challenges of the Trail: Coming to Terms with Competing Needs

Challenges of the Trail: Coming to Terms with Competing Needs

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

Jun 30, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro
I am not a Mountaineer

I am not a Mountaineer

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

Jun 25, 2017 : Alexa "Bonsai" Shapiro