About

My name is Jennifer Mabus and I currently reside in Seattle, WA and am OBSESSED with this city.  I just needed to make that clear.

I am a Mechanical Engineer and a former college cheerleader (Go NEVADA) and an avid backpacker and a blonde (partially natural although I will pretend I wasn’t born a ginger) and an addict to travel but also one who is fearful of flying and so on and so forth with all of the polar opposite characteristics.

I may be a bit tormented as I so desperately wanted to major in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, then go on to Law AND Med school because why couldn’t I be an engineer, mathematician, lawyer, and doctor?  Like is there a rule saying I can’t?  My bank account said I couldn’t but that’s not the point.

The point is that I am a curious soul.  I crave experiences and thus learning.  I fail a lot.  But I also laugh a lot.  And this blog will hopefully highlight some of my favorite moments.  However, some moments I will keep to myself because dynamics of some experiences change when shared.  It’s OK to put the phone down and not post everything to social media.  You may feel like a selfish individual for not letting people see how awesome your life is at all times, but try to soak in some moments alone and I promise I won’t rant like this anymore.

But these experiences I share with you will hopefully only enhance what the world already has to offer.  And I am here to help encourage you to go find it.  And to also help myself remember how I want to live life.  Let’s help each other?

Deal.

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PS – If you scrolled down this far, maybe you can help.  Is there an actual name for the fat that has no where to go so it gets squished in between your boob and armpit and creates problems when no problems needed to be created?  I mean, I don’t necessarily mind it but I just wish it would choose somewhere else to go so it could be more useful.  Like my derriere perhaps?  But not my cheeks (like the cheeks on my face).  I’ve already been told I have what looks like butt cheeks on my face (thanks, Mom) so that’s not an ideal spot.  Anyway, if you know the answer, please let me know.  I will not sleep until I get to the bottom of this.

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  • Still dreaming of this dreamy treehouse. 
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  • Iceland was by far my favorite country I have explored yet. And although places like the Blue Lagoon can be crowded, there is a reason why. It is AMAZING. Honestly, I’m itching to go back. But tell me, where is YOUR next adventure!?
  • The best part about this is Chili Dog just raging in the ❄️.
  • Thankful for this human who is my best friend and biggest supporter and high fives me when I fart. 🤣🤣 #love
  • It won’t stop dumping in Washington. So the common sense thing to do is put on bikinis with your roommate @aerogt35 and go play in the snow. ❄️ ❄️ ❄️
  • The first picture is me on my very first day of my very first long distance hike! I was SO excited and nervous and high on energy and disbelief that I was actually there. The second picture is me as a more seasoned thru-hiker who had already walked about 2,000 miles, who was more confident, but still just as happy as ever. And the final picture is me at the Northern Terminus. 
One obvious difference from the first picture to the rest is my pack size. (Is that construction paper in my side pocket? 🤔) Although I am an engineer, I am a complete free spirit who loves the adventure of the unknown and adapting to unfamiliar circumstances. The amount of research I did before starting my thru-hike was quite minimal. I was carrying close to 10 days of food, but thinking that was enough for 4 days, too many extra clothing items, and random misc items. I heard later on that several people were making fun of me and saying “I didn’t belong out there”. • But guess what? I did it. I made it from Mexico to Canada. But I did it because I adapted and as I became more experienced and confident, I trusted myself more and more and was able to rid my pack of unnecessary items that were like security blankets to me. A lot of people ask me what my base weight is and that information can be useful!! But to be honest, I don’t know. And I didn’t care. I gauged my pack weight by what felt good on my back and that first day and the days after were killer!! I had TOO much stuff and it was so hard on my body. But I didn’t quit like many thought I would. I adapted. And I made the necessary changes to be successful. 
If you are planning your very first thru-hike, please remember this. As long as you are ok with being uncomfortable and adapting, YOU WILL MAKE IT. People will doubt you and question you and criticize you but DO NOT listen to them. Focus on yourself and what feels good to you! I improved because I went from being clueless to becoming knowledgeable all through experience. No amount of blog posts or videos can prepare you for the actual experience of being on trail. 
Tell me, what has helped YOU successfully complete something that others or even yourself thought you couldn’t do?

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