Snow Lake

Summer has been like an old friend that you haven't seen in years and forgot how much joy and happiness they bring you. I've been basking in that sunshine as much as possible and that means getting out during the week instead of limiting adventuring to weekends. It doesn't get dark until after 9 PM... Continue Reading →

Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap

The Sheep Lake to Sourdough Gap Trail starts out right off Highway 410 at Chinook Pass. It's notched into the side of the mountain and traverses just above the highway for the first mile or so. The sound of vehicles reminded me of all the hikes along I-90 that had the same feature. But on... Continue Reading →

Park Butte

I'm usually a solo hiker but my preference is to take a dog with me. If not a dog than one other person is usually plenty for any outdoor excursion. But I am branching out and trying new things so I signed up for a group hike via Meetup.com. The hike turned out much better... Continue Reading →

Waptus Lake + Spade Lake

We arrived at the trailhead at exactly 5:00 PM on Thursday after driving almost 2 hours and flushing out the work week as best as we could during the drive before we hit the trail. Maximizing our trail time meant getting a late start but I really enjoyed hiking as the sun fell below the... Continue Reading →

Hiatus and Return

It's been several months since I've shared my adventures with you. I've gone through the winter blues and lost track of myself. I didn't spend nearly as much time outside as I had the previous spring and summer and it took a real toll on me. I didn't take the transition particularly well. Once winter... Continue Reading →

Trail Of Ten Falls

Catching an initial glimpse of South Falls before descending down and behind the waterfalls. This was the first time I'd been back to Oregon since my Columbia Gorge trip back in November. I was happy to be back exploring my Oregon roots and eager to put a small dent in my ever growing list of hikes yet to complete in the Beaver state.

The Hoh Experience

There are those who hike and backpack in the rain and those who do not, but if you're going to the Hoh Rain forest in November you may not have a choice in the matter. Jenny had suggested this trip and I was quick to oblige. This trip required permits and I checked online for... Continue Reading →

Columbia River Gorge

Eager to get a jump on the weekend I decided to drive 175 miles south after work and sleep in my car in a parking lot right in the middle of the freeway along I-84. Looming In the shadows above was Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon's most popular destinations. It was with that thought in... Continue Reading →

Tubal Cain Trail #840

It was shortly after 7 AM on a Monday and I was already antsy for the next adventure. I was slowly slinking back to reality after an incredible weekend spent at Deception Pass. I checked the weather to see what the week held. The skies were sunny and welcoming and I had to see if... Continue Reading →

Deception Pass

I set out on a brisk autumn Saturday morning for a two hour drive north to another world where life moves at a decidedly slower pace. When I set out I had my sights on Deception Pass State Park. This is the most popular state park in the state of Washington and for very good... Continue Reading →

Failure and Success in the Mountains

“Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.” —William Congreve My birthday is on October 10th and this year it fell on a Thursday. The forecast was calling for completely clear skies and relative warm temperatures for a fall that has thus... Continue Reading →

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