Name: Jamie Robinson
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Occupation: I herd 5 Robinson kids.
Favorite place to hike: Hatcher Pass and Arctic Valley in Alaska
What’s one book you’d recommend to a friend and why: Alaska’s Wild Berries: And Berry-like Fruit by Verna A. Pratt because berries are everywhere up in AK so it’s a great resource book to carry on hikes and teach kids what to eat and stay away from.
What’s your favorite thing to cook for dinner:
Thai Chicken and rice (family recipe)
What’s your favorite quote: “The days are long, but the years are short.” This is more of a daily motto for me because I have five kids.
If you could hike with anyone, dead or alive who would be and why: Dick Proenneke because he built a cabin and lived alone for almost 30 years in Alaska. I think he would have so many rich stories and would be able to teach me more about the land.
What the one piece of gear that always has a place in your backpack: bear spray or a large garbage bag to scare bears away.
If you could drop what you’re doing right now and had unlimited funds what’s the one place you’d go hiking: Wow this is a hard one because I have so many places I want to visit! I would love to hike Antelope Canyon, the Wave and the Grand Canyon since they are all in the same area.
Where can we find you on the internet: I post all the hikes the kids and I go on in Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alaskaskids/
Is there anything you’d like to add: I see a lot of moms with little kids who are hesitant to get out and hike with their littles. I know it can be daunting because sometimes it takes 30 minutes just to get out the door! But find another mom to go with and to keep you accountable. This is how I’m able to get out with my 4 kids. My best friend will keep me accountable if I come up with excuses why not to hike that day. It also helps to have numbers being out in bear country and my kids don’t ever complain about hiking when other kids are there to hike with! I always come back from a hike happy I got out, even if we had a poop explosion, a kid wore the wrong gear or we didn’t get to our destination.