This past week I went on a lovely little trip to the mountains for a few days for my dad’s birthday. It was extremely cold and covered in snow, but it felt like a winter wonderland. For privacy reasons I’m not going to say where exactly this is, since I only live about 4 hours from here. But I thought I would share with you the photos I took + what I wore to stay warm. You can also see some videos from my trip on my saved Instagram story, and a little video will also be up on my YouTube Channel next week!
Me and my family managed to find the cutest little house to stay in. When searching for a vacation rental I always look for good reviews and cleanliness, but it’s a bonus when the decor matches your style. This little workspace filled with IKEA items was my favorite spot to work and relax at the end or start of the day.
On our first day we went on a hike to a waterfall. It was possibly the most windy day I’ve ever experienced, but I never felt more at home than in the snow covered nature. We sadly didn’t make it to the waterfall, but it was still a beautiful hike.
And the perfect way to end the hike was a delicious matcha latte from a local coffee house, and spending some time on the porch journaling.
On our second and last full day there we went on another hike that lets you get to two different waterfalls. It was a bit of a challenge because most of the path was covered in ice, but with a few slips and falls later it was worth it.
The first waterfall was beautiful, although the path to get to the top was uphill and covered in ice. But it was worth getting to the bottom to hear the water rushing.
Before my trip my mom had ordered this jacket from the Gap in two different sizes. Luckily for me the smaller one fit me perfectly, and she so kindly gave it to me as an early Christmas present. Without this jacket I think I would have froze to death.
Another tip for dressing for cold travel hikes is to get sweaters from the men’s section. This one is from the Target men’s section, and it’s the thickest sweater I own. They tend to make them thicker and better quality, for around the same price as women’s sweaters. I would also recommend layering in general, but I would highly suggest getting a few of Uniqlo’s HeatTech items. I wore this HeatTech red turtleneck and HeatTech leggings both days, and I was extremely warm.
The second waterfall was my favorite spot of the whole trip. It felt like a scene out of a winter movie, and if I could I would go here to read.
My White Mountain hiking boots were the best purchase I made this month. They saved me from the snow and allowed me to hike in comfort. I also wore these ASOS Farleigh jeans that I sized up in both days of hiking.
And then my phone died, the sun started to set, and we headed back to our rental place to pack up and leave the next day. I had such a wonderful time on this short trip, and I’m excited to head back hopefully early next year. I hope you enjoyed this look at my trip in photos, and I encourage you to go out and explore the state/country you live in. You’d be surprised at what beauty is just outside your door.
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!