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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

— John Muir.

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 →

Beauty Along the Solo Path, Solitude Persist

Over the last couple weeks I’ve done some solo hiking to a few mountain lakes. I hiked to Granite Lakes, Echo Lake and Upper and Lower Crystal Lakes. The latter two lakes are both in the Rainier area. I haven’t explored much of the Rainier area due to the crowds the area sees and that… 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 →


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