The Youth Wetlands Program has groups of students come down every year from the Edmund Burke School of DC, to help restore receding coastline by planting native Louisiana Irises. This year The Backpacker and Everybody Plays Foundation got to partner up with them, and were a huge help in transporting and guiding the group along the way. And of course they had loads of questions about the effects of Katrina and they knew very little of the Great Flood of 2016, which we were sure to share our stories. Oh and they all had questions about alligators and what to do if you see one? are they going to attack the boat? what if I fall in? Let’s just say we had a fun time with these students from the city.
Loading up and heading to Cane Bayou!
This is probably 500 Louisiana irises. They can produce asexually, where multiple flowers can come from just one bulb. Which means they can also be invasive, so we are relocating these where they will actually be useful and help better solidify a marshy coast.
Gator siting! Thankfully everyone remained fairly calm and the gator didn’t eat anyone, at least not in our group.
This katydid was a big deal. “AHHH, something’s on my leg!” “Does it bite?” “How did you just catch it like that?”
Louisiana’s wetlands are home to a diversity of wildlife, and provide a much needed natural barrier against the storm surges that occur during hurricanes. Just 1.3 miles of wetlands can reduce a storm surge by a foot. That is a foot less water coming onto land during a storm—the wetlands are vital to reducing erosion of the coastline and destruction to lives and property.
Instead of hittin’ the Mardi Gras parades, I decided to hit the slopes with Backpacker Tours! I had an awesome experience traveling with our team, from the charter flight (direct from BTR) to the Apres Ski Party!
This was my first time skiing in Steamboat, and I definitely recommend what it has to offer. It had been a few years since I last skied, but the wide variety of trails from beginners to experienced skiers made Steamboat an ideal spot for me to hit the slopes again.
While in Steamboat I stayed at Trailhead Lodge. Trailhead had great amenities including transportation to the Mountain via Gondola, not to mention complementary ski/ snow board and boot storage with boot warmers! Did I mentioned boot warmers?!
My top gear picks…
– The FERA Jen Insulated Parka had a incredible fit along with great insulation and lots of functional pockets! The pockets were perfect for storing my wallet, phone, keys and my Goal Zero Charger.
– The FERA Lucy Pant had all the features I needed and wanted while skiing. The Lucy Pant had a variety of features from DWR waterproofing, stretch, articulated knees and powder cuffs.
– The North Face Glacier 1/4 zip I used as a layering piece on colder days on the mountain. The Glacier 1/4 zip is a light weight fleece that you will get multiple uses from the slopes to back home on a chilly day.
Lindsey has been with The Backpacker for over 3 years. She is the apparel, footwear and accessory buyer. Her favorite brands include Prana, Dylan by True Grit, FERA and Tasc.
How to Layer for a Spring Ski Trip
Planning a spring ski trip? Be sure to pack lots of layers. You’ll be glad you did. Weather can be hard to predict for February, March, and April skiing. Keep reading for a practical guide on what layers to pack the next time you hear the mountains calling.
Beautiful from the inside out. Each layer has an important function, and it’s fun to color coordinate the entire ensemble. Here’s what I packed for my cross country ski trip to the Continental Divide’s Boreas Pass Section House in mid-March 2017. The temperature low’s were in the upper 20s, and the high’s were in the lower 60s.
Three Layers on your Torso, Two on your Legs
BASELAYERS: Next to your skin you want clothing that is either synthetic or wool, and absolutely not cotton. This distinction is important because cotton holds moisture whether it’s from perspiration or snow. Once the cotton is wet, it becomes cold and makes you shiver. On my mid-March trip to Breckenridge, I wore The North Face Reaxion Tank underneath a Smartwool Lightweight Crew. The extra core warmth provided by the tank in the morning also doubled as a 3:00 pm escape from the heat when I was ready to soak up the sun in 60 degree weather. I prefer wool over synthetic for my long sleeve because I can wear it several days in a row without fear of it smelling of sweat. My husband, Clayton, is warm natured and often wore just his baselayer and no jacket. We both wore Smartwool Lightweight Leggings.
MIDLAYER: The perfect midlayer for me is a light puffy jacket. I prefer a puffy over a fleece because of it’s weight to warmth ratio. In other words, it is much warmer while being lighter weight than a fleece. It slides into my coat with ease, and I don’t feel constricted in the sleeves. It also takes up less room in my luggage. If you decide to wear fleece, the thickness depends on how insulated your outer shell is and what the weather conditions are. I wore an Arc’Teryx Atom LT as a midlayer in the morning and evening. It also ended up being used as an outer shell most of the trip because the temperatures were so warm and sunny.
OUTER SHELL: Spring skiing weather can vary from warm and sunny to cold and snowy. That being said, I prefer a lightly insulated, waterproof jacket that I can layer under according to the weather that day. On my mid-March trip to Breckenridge, I found myself only wearing my outer jacket over my midlayer in the morning and after sunset. I didn’t need it mid-day because it wasn’t snowy, but I was glad to have it when the temps plummeted. Speaking of plummeting, my North Face Ski Pants came to the rescue keeping me warm and dry even though I fell numerous times!
Our annual Tent and Boat Sale is here! Get ready for your upcoming adventures with new camping and outdoor products from your favorite brands! We’ll have special prices and packages available Saturday only but the sale continues through Sunday!
Buy a $5 raffle ticket to enter to win a Goal Zero Sherpa 1250 solar generator package valued at $2000! All proceeds will go to our local Habitat for Humanity chapters and their ongoing flood recovery response.