Patagonia Family

Yesterday was a 6-mile hike to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, and today it’s a 15-mile bike ride down the the Klondike Highway in Skagway. Mr. SP is really challenging my fitness level on this Alaska trip!

We’ve always been active and prefer to get out in the ‘nature’ of a place when we travel, especially when cruising. It feels so good to get off the ship and move…and then come back and eat! 😉

The weather has been amazingly sunny so far, but with a definite chill in the air. Thankfully we packed our arsenal of pullovers and jackets. #fleeceobsessed

It started with a single fleece pullover. I thought it was crazy-cute and super-soft, so I grabbed it for my chilly morning walks with the dogs. From there, the adoration bloomed quickly, and before we knew it, our entire family was full-fledged Patagonia-obsessed!

In fact, for our last few trips that focused around outdoor adventure, our wardrobes consisted of pretty much all Patagonia and North Face from Backcountry. They’re my go-to retailer for all things outdoorsy…with everything from fleece pullovers to down jackets, and weatherproof boots and hiking shoes. Not to mention all the gear you need for hiking, camping, biking and skiing. (Check the end of my post for an exclusive discount code!)

It’s ridiculous how often we’re all wearing Patagonia pullovers at the same time! But we’re an active family, and love getting outside whenever possible, especially with our pups.

Y’all know Little Miss is sensitive to textures, which is why she loves her Patagonia pullovers so much…they never itch or scratch. Plus, they’re warm enough that she can usually skip a jacket in Texas Winter. What is it with kids and resisting jackets?!

Fit Tip: We all size up one in the fleece pullovers.

His Pullover | Hat | My Pullover

My go-to hiking shoes for several years have been the Adidas Terrex (I hiked the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Big Bend thanks to those amazing shoes!), and they’ve proven themselves yet again in Alaska. They have incredible traction and keep feet dry (and warm, when paired with these socks).

These gorgeous Frye boots are rugged and sturdy for getting outdoors, but also sophisticated for every day wear. This is my first pair of Fryes, and I’m excited to see how they refine with age.

Fit Tip: They’re true to size.

His BirkenstocksMy Frye Boots

His Pullover | Her Pullover | My Pullover

Hat | Pullover

I swear by this packable down jacket for travel (some colors 30% off!)…it packs into itself for a small, compact shape…but is crazy warm. For more rain protection, this North Face jacket keeps you dry and snuggly warm. I love that both do their job, but without adding bulk! Ain’t nobody trying to look like the Marshmallow Man! #ghostbustersanyone?

Sugarplum Tip: The Backcountry site offers extremely thorough descriptions, reviews, and images of each product, making it easy to determine exactly what you need for your location or activity. And if you need more help, their team of expert Gearheads offers knowledgable and experienced advice, free of charge!

His Pullover | Hat | My Pullover | DryVent Jacket

Hat | Pullover | Shoes

Her Tee

Longtime blog readers surely recognize this backpack…it’s come on every trip for the last nine years! Mr. SP uses it as his carry-on, then switches it to our day pack for virtually every kind of trip. In fact, it just trekked to a glacier yesterday!


We live in the suburbs, but are lucky to have tons of parks and trails all around us. In fact, the main reason we moved to our current house is because of the nature preserve nearby! We make a point of getting out at least once a day with the pups, and try for longer hikes on the weekends.

Exclusive discount for Hi Sugarplum readers!!
Backcountry is kind enough to offer Hi Sugarplum readers a 15% discount on your entire full-priced purchase with  code SUGARPLUM15. Code applies site wide and good for one use per account.

Are you nuts for Patagonia and other outdoor brands? What’s your fave piece for getting rugged in the outdoors?

See a few of our Most Active Trips:
National Park Road Trip  //  Big Bend National Park  //  Zion National Park  //  Sedona
Grand Canyon  //  Jackson Hole


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*Photos by the darling Audrie Dollins. This post is created in collaboration with Backcountry and ShopStyle Collective but all styles, opinions and suburban outdoor trekking are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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  1. Your sweaters look so cosy and warm! 🙂 Lovely photos!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
  2. Such a cute little Patagonia family! 🙂

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
  3. Sandy wrote:

    Y’all look so hug-able in Patagonia. Amazing backstory on that brand. Great post!

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
    • Sandy wrote:

      And thanks for the Backcountry website tip! Nice stuff. Can’t wait to use your discount on it.

      Posted 9.20.18 Reply
  4. I love my Patagonia pull-overs. I have had some for more than 6 years!

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
  5. Joanna wrote:

    I hope you get on one of the fun tours through Skagway. It’s a town rich in history. Enjoy your hike! Getting out and exercising is one way to combat the extra food you eat on a cruise.
    Patagonia pullovers look very cozy. I might have to try one. Off to check out their shipping!

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
  6. Stacey W wrote:

    Remember, when Little Miss grows out of her Patagonia, you take it back to the store and they give you a discount coupon for something new! They either recycle the old garment (if it’s trashed) or re-sell it. This is my favorite part of Patagonia.

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Whaaaaaaat!!??? That’s amazing,thanks for sharing that tip!

      Posted 9.23.18 Reply
  7. That fleece of yours looks so pretty. I hope it’s breathable. Im looking for an outdoors sweater that breathes. I’ll take a look. You look so cute in the hat with it .

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply
  8. Gloria wrote:

    Both pups are adorable but Maggie is smiling in the picture of you all in the field. When we were in Skagway on Alaskan cruise for our 40th anniversary, we bought too much stuff to later take on the plane so we stopped at the post office in Skagway and mailed it home to ourselves. Wonderful memories.

    Posted 9.20.18 Reply