“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.


Alaska has long been a magnet for dreamers and misfits, people who think the unsullied enormity of the Last Frontier will patch all the holes in their lives. The bush is an unforgiving place, however, that care nothing for hope or longing. – Jon Krakauer Part 1 It’s from an Aleut word, Alyeska. It means… Continue Reading →


It has been a long time since I’ve published a post and you’d think I might have given up hiking. That couldn’t be further from the truth and I’ve stuck to the trail while screen time has taken a backseat. The last couple post had a tinge of sadness but since then I’ve spent many… Continue Reading →


I’ve hiked many miles since my last post about Snow Lake and I’ve since gone back and hiked that lake in vastly different conditions. I don’t usually hike the same trail twice because I’m attempting to hike the entire state of Washington and I’m a real sucker for lofty goals but I’ve come to appreciate… Continue Reading →

Detroit, Oregon

Today’s post is something a little different. Almost all of my post revolve around hiking as the name implies but the tagline is hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Today falls under the explore category where I visited a series of towns either heavily damaged by the Santiam Fire or virtually destroyed as is the… Continue Reading →

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 →

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