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?



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.


  • On this day one year ago...#hikerheaven
  • Me: 0, Upper Lip Sweat: 1 • #upperlipsweatqueen #virginiabeach #whysohot
  • #sponsored I am very excited to share my top picks from REI’s Anniversary Sale, which is their biggest sale of the year! I always wait until this sale hits to get all of my outdoor gear I have been eye-ing because the discounts are just too good. This year I snagged a new tent, down blanket, and a jacket perfect for layering. Clink the link in my bio to shop the sale through 5/27! And make sure to tag your friends so you can all share in the adventure together. ✨ #rei
  • I am so excited and honored to announce that I have teamed up with REI for their 2019 Anniversary Sale! #sponsored and ready for it. This jacket is one of the MANY items on sale right now! And just a heads up, I bought this bad boy myself months ago and it is my FAVORITE outdoor top. Use the link in my bio to go get all that outdoor gear you need or simply want and save up to 30% off! Use coupon code ANNV19. Make sure to save this post and tag your friends! • Disclaimer: This post is not being paid for by REI and nothing in this photo was given to me from them. However, REI is compensating me a percentage of your purchases through the link in my bio. • More details to come later on why this is happening and why it means so much to me. ✨📸: @dyanacarmella
  • I have been feeling quite sad and somber lately over reading a lot of sad and heart-breaking news stories. But life doesn’t become any less fragile or fair because of our sadness, so in order to continue on we must learn how to face the demons all while embracing the beauty. Tell me, what is something beautiful happening in your life right now? • For me, I am working in Virginia for several months and getting to FINALLY “date” my boyfriend since he lives in Virginia Beach. It’s been almost a year and a half of long distance and this face-to-face time has meant the world to me. ✨✨ 📸: the wonderful and strong and amazing and powerful and beautiful @karenkwang & @mcwangerson • #virginiabeach #westcoastforlife
  • On this day, one year ago... • I left Big Bear, CA around 1pm and hiked 20+ something miles. My sleeping pad from @thermarest was still so big and squishy and I still strapped it to the top of my pack. As I continued hiking I switched up how I packed my gear many times until I got my system down. One year ago today I was on a blissful high. ☀️ #onthisday #onthisdayoneyearago

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