“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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“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 →
Along the northern coast in Washington state lies a long and remote stretch of beautiful coast known as Shi Shi Beach. A hike that cannot be overstated as it’s easily my favorite place to be in the natural world. The views are otherworldly. The sounds of the waves continuously crashing is enticing. I found myself… Continue Reading →
To round off the week of outdoor adventure I headed north to the San Juan Islands. I am constantly reminding myself just how incredible it is that I live near so many amazing natural wonders. And sometimes that can create havoc when attempting to hammer out some plans. I had so many ideas on where… Continue Reading →
After completing Lake Twenty-Two I continued onto the Mountain Loop Highway to see what other adventure awaits. That’s when I arrived at the Big Four. I had originally heard about the Big Four Ice Cave on the news when someone died inside the cave back in 2015. It is not the first time mother nature… Continue Reading →
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