A Clear Day In The Wildflowers

The weather shifted after the past few weeks, and finally it was normal temperatures. It was low 60’s, sunny, and no bugs in the subalpine of Tipsoo and Upper Tipsoo Lakes. I was more in the mood for wildflowers than hiking, and I chose somewhere I love to be.

Mount Rainier.

Yakima Peak.

Tipsoo Lake with Rainier.

Western Anemone.

My oldest. You don’t see him often, but he came with me for the ride, then went off and did a long hike by himself yesterday. He will be 20 in about a month from now.

The wildflowers at the main lake are on the end run.

However, the flowers at Upper Tipsoo Lake are in their prime.

And Upper Tipsoo Lake has the best views, it is higher, so Rainier floats above.

You also see nearly no one. There is a foot path around the lake, that goes up high. Let your feet follow it, through the flowers.

The boys and I ready to head back.

In the breeze –

Recipe in Backpacker Magazine

Check out page 8 in the September 2017 issue of Backpacker Magazine for a fun recipe from us.


4 Days of Waiting

When a local hiker in Washington went missing the previous week, it became an intensively watched drama online. She wasn’t in the middle of the wilderness. She was on a long day hike/trail run with her dog. And then she just disappeared.

And I think that scared so many people. And maybe it was a good thing. The Seattle area is gaining over 1,000 new people a week now, due to the aggressive tech industry. Many of these people are excited to be living in the PNW, and they go hiking. Trails are clogged this year, along the I-90 corridor. Many have no idea what they would do if they got lost or hurt. They don’t carry much more than water and a few energy bars.

And yet, just a few miles out of civilization, an injured hiker spent 4 days alone, hoping she would be found. Her story (and I am so glad she told it!) is a hard lesson to read. But I know when SAR announced she had been found, I wasn’t the only one crying out of happiness. Even though I had never met her.

Stay safe everyone!