Silver Forest Trail under Rainier

Silver Forest Trail under Rainier

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Monday seems to slowly become my go-to day for taking the boys hiking this summer. The weekend is over, crowds are gone and Kirk can use some quiet time to work. This week we went up to Sunrise, at Mount Rainier National Park. As we crested the top, at 6400 feet, it was 48°, 50° […]

Wandering Around Wee Alpine Lakes

Wandering Around Wee Alpine Lakes

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Sometimes plans don’t go the way you hope, but I found us something to do that was fun. Our plan had been to go backpacking – the three boys and me. But alas, Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park didn’t open till late afternoon. There is a missing hiker, and they needed to stage the […]

Book Review: Dayhiking The San Juan and Gulf Islands

Book Review: Dayhiking The San Juan and Gulf Islands

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Around the time I turned 16, I was woken up by my Mom, who was way too cheerful. Who announced that in less than a month we’d be moving to this hillbilly place called “Whidbey Island”. As an adult with a teen the same age now, I realize she enjoyed pulling the rug out from […]

Gear Review: Bic Flex Wand Lighter

Gear Review: Bic Flex Wand Lighter

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Having a long-handled lighter can be quite handy for camping. Much easier than having to kneel down to get a fire going in a pit. Or for starting fires in wood stoves when cabin camping. Or starting up stoves. We were recently sent a Bic Flex Wand Lighter, which I gave a heavy abuse to […]