Posts in Hiking
Three Days in Yosemite National Park

When someone tells you they scored camping reservations in Yosemite Valley and invites you along, you drop everything you are doing, buy a plane ticket, and show up. At least that is what I did when Doris got reservations and asked me if I wanted to come along on her Fourth of July trip to Yosemite!

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Backpacking the Chelan Lakeshore Trail

Have you ever hiked 22 miles for a famous cinnamon roll? This Memorial Day weekend I did exactly that!

Nestled on the northern shore of Lake Chelan lies the town Stehekin. Unreachable by car, the only way to reach it is either by a four hour ferry ride or float plane. A fun third option? Take the Lady of the Lake ferry to the Prince Creek stop and backpack 17 miles on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail into town!

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Snow Camping at Mount Rainier National Park

When my friend Doris asked me if I would want to sign up for the snow camping event with her, I must admit, I was super on the fence. We had car camped in the North Cascades in October and I spent a miserable night freezing in my car in 19-degree temps. My initial thoughts were, why would I willingly sign up to cry in a sleeping bag again…? Doris assured me she would help me figure out a better sleeping system and that it would be fun so we reserved our spots (these events fill up super quickly!) and I anxiously awaited the arrival of this weekend.

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How to Prepare for Winter Hikes

A little while ago I wrote a post about being prepared when you go on hikes, and I follow my own advice from that post for every hike I go on. I recently learned the important lesson that being prepared for an outdoor adventures is also highly dependent on the season. Generally I avoid snowy roads in the winter because I know I am not the best driver, even if my car has AWD, and for that reason I never thought to keep chains, a shovel, tow straps, etc in my car. I was never going to drive down a snowy road so why would I need it right? WRONG. You always think it can’t happen to you until it happens to you. 

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Whidbey Island Weekend Getaway

After spending more weekends than I can count running around in the snow and mountains I found myself exhausted and needing some rest. Brian wanted to get our condo painted which meant we needed to spend a weekend elsewhere. The stars all aligned and we were able to get away to Whidbey Island with our pup and some close friends for some much needed relaxation.

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