Outdoor Adventures

[SNEAK AWAY]  for  some  [FUN]

Day Hikes

+ Wine and Chocolate + Minigoals

Phone free: yes
Trip length: 3 hours
Limit: 5 people
For: women
Distance: 5-6 miles

Let’s reconnect with the fun side of life … out on a trail. Escape your routine for a few guilt-free hours and enjoy nature close to home. Nature. That thing with trees and animals outside of town! Return to a picnic table for wine and chocolate. Commit to mini goals for the following seven days to build momentum in any important area of your life. Learn More

“I can’t believe I hiked nearly 6 miles!  I’m so glad I signed up – it was super fun!”

Anna B
Anna B

“An afternoon of hiking in nature with great company jumpstarted my week on the best note.”

Carol W
Carol W

“I had a wonderful time, great event. Nature, good conversation, positive movement on several levels!”

Luann B
Luann B

“Loved the delightful hike with interesting people on a gorgeous spring day.”

Anne B
Anne B

Camping 101 at Devil’s Lake

Phone free: yes
Trip length: 4 days
Limit: 6 people
For: women
Showers: daily
Distance: 7+ miles

Are you new to camping or do you want to supplement your knowledge and skills? Join me for a fun 3-night get away to hand-selected camping spots in a gorgeous state park. I have camped at these two spots for years and feel they represent the best in creating a space for fun and relaxation. We’ll hike around the lake atop incredible bluffs, drink wine around a campfire, and you’ll learn to set up a tent and cook two types of meals. Learn More

Lake of the Clouds with Peak Colors

Phone free: yes
Trip length: 5 days
Limit: 3 people + me
For: women
Showers: Day 2, Day 5
Distance: 12-20 miles

Join me as I hit the road for the UP and take in the brilliant fall colors. Life is slower and more rustic in the north woods and the experience will strip away life’s complexities. View Lake of the Clouds from a stunning bluff, and then hike to the coveted sole cabin on the lake. Let yourself unwind in this basic cabin surrounded by nature’s explosion of color. Add on a couple of nights sleeping in cozy tents under a canopy of trees, with your own sleeping bag, pad, and backpack to haul your true essentials. I provide all other gear. This trip requires prior camping experience and willingness to rough it a bit. LIMITED OPPORTUNITY: I can only take 3 people in my car, so this will be a great opportunity for those lucky enough to go. Come enjoy a quiet corner of the world. Learn More

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Waterfall Paradise

Hiking & Camping Trip, Grand Canyon

Phone free: yes
Trip length: 8 days
Limit: 6 people + me
For: women and men
Showers: on Day 2, 6, 7, 8
Distance: 34 miles

Join me of the most spectacular camping trip possible in the United States. Relish the raw beauty of the magnificent canyon, bask in your sense of empowerment, and enjoy inspiring downtime. Refresh your body in cool water pools below the most stunning waterfalls around. Visit the unique nature playgrounds of Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona for a day! Enjoy a night at the historic Bright Angel Lodge and dine at two exquisite restaurants. Gain entry into local hotspots you’d never find on your own. Learn from Julie’s wisdom and skills based on 30 years of camping and hiking experience. Learn More

Julie finishing at trailhead

Meet Julie

Opening the Door to Your Life Outside

Welcome to my outdoor adventures! You may be thinking: Why would I want to go on a trip with you?!

Nature is my grand cathedral. There’s nothing better than spending a few days outdoors. Falling asleep to the sound of 500 toads in the distance is a symphony you can’t find in the city. Watching shooting stars for hours on end is divine. And following an uphill trail for 6 hours, only to crest the top and see across a mountain range for a hundred miles, is a joy that I need in my life.

30+ years of roughing it outside: Starting with a modest overnight solo biking/camping trip at age 16, I’ve hitchhiked to Alaska, completed mountain survival training in Norway, and hiked up mountains in Africa, South America, and New Zealand.

Wilderness First Responder: I teach hikers a wide range of preventive practices to minimize the risk of injury or sickness.

Executive and performance coach: I understand people’s anxieties and concerns and offer practical support to gain new skills and confidence. I’m credentialed through the rigorous International Coach Federation.

My belief about phones: A person experiences nature best when their focus shifts away from daily life. I carry a phone for emergencies, navigation, and planning purposes. But I swear you’ll survive without yours!

Family: I live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, with my husband Michael. One of my two children is still in college and the other is done and out on her own. They constantly raid my camping gear from my mini REI in my basement!