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Long Haul Trekkers - Jen and Sitka

About Us

Hi there. Nice to meet you!

I’m Jen, the owner, writer, photographer and dog mom behind this blog. You’ll see a variety of dogs referenced in my photos and posts. My current adventure buddy is Sitka, a rescued Red Heeler mix from Hood River, Oregon.

Long Haul Trekkers was born in 2015 when Jen and her partner at the time took off on a two-year bicycle tour across Europe and South America with their Australian Shepherd, Sora.

The adventure began in Oslo, Norway in May 2015 and slowly made our way to Athens in December, via the Balkans and Turkey. In  January 2016, we flew to Ushuaia, in Patagonia, slowly crawling over the Andes toward Colombia.

A few years after that adventure, Dave and I parted ways, but one thing remains the same: If I go, they go. I never leave the dogs behind.

Today, Sitka and I hit the trails for runs, hikes, and backpacking trips. We love to travel, especially throughout our home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

I hope my blog inspires you to take your dog along on your adventures, no matter how far or near.


Meet the Team

Jen

Jen is is a trail runner, mountain explorer, damn good vegan cook, and a fan of craft beer and dessert. She’s also dog mom AF.

Having grown up with cats, she always wanted a dog. To get her fix, she became the neighborhood dog sitter and walker. When she finally had the chance to have a dog of her own, she took that dog with her just about everywhere she went, wondering why anyone would ever leave their dog behind. She is always planning her next dog-friendly adventure.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, she developed a love for the mountains, waterways, and beauty of the region, aiming to explore as much as she can.

Jen is also a freelance journalist and content marketing writer and content creator for brands. If you’d like to work with her, please check out her other site at jensotolongo.com


Sitka

Sitka is a Red Heeler mix adopted from Hood River Adopt a Dog. He is a sweet boy with plenty of energy and spunk. A fence jumper in his first life, these days, he is learning the ropes of what it takes to be an adventure dog.

He loves the water and will hop in any river or lake, no matter the temperature. Unfortunately, he doesn’t feel the same way about bath time, despite his enjoyment of running through mud and puddles.


Sora 2005-2018

Sora was the dog who inspired this blog. She was an Australian Shepherd adopted from Family Dogs New Life in Portland, OR in 2008.

She joined Jen and Dave, her partner at the time, on their two-year bicycle trip across Europe and South America. After a recurring battle with cancer, she went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2018.

Sora traveled to nearly 30 countries on her adventures, graced the cover of a magazine and served as the face of adoption for an animal rights group in Medellin, Colombia.

Sora was the original adventure dog of the pack and inspired this blog. She was Jen’s heart dog and the love of her life.

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