Of Face Plants and Mountain Views

Of Face Plants and Mountain Views

KK10

Janelle invited me to join her and her friend Annie, who we realized later, we had hiked together before. Turned out neither of them had been North on the Pacific Crest Trail from Snoqualmie Pass. And had it really been 2006 since I had last hiked that section? Apparently so. Janelle loves early starts, and […]

Wildflowers and Thunder

Wildflowers and Thunder

Chin1

My planned backpacking trip got scrapped by thunderstorms in the Cascade Mountains. A whole lot of rain and lighting – which wreaked havoc in the northern part (and that was just part of the damage!). Instead, we let Saturday pass by and on Sunday, Kirk and I took our two youngest for a short hike. It […]

Wildflower Wanderings

Wildflower Wanderings

W1

Waking up at 5:30 am wasn’t easy but it paid off. My friend Janelle and I went up to Chinook Pass near Mt. Rainier for an easy dayhike of Naches Peak Loop. Why? Wildflowers! It is a hike I get in 1 to 2 times a year usually, it is pretty…you get to be on the Pacific […]

Late Afternoon Hiking on The Pacific Crest Trail

Late Afternoon Hiking on The Pacific Crest Trail

s1

I wasn’t planning on hiking yesterday until I got a last minute invite to do a late afternoon hike with a friend, Jared and his girlfriend, Lauren. They were thinking of going up to Sheep Lake and beyond at Chinook Pass near Mt. Rainier. I hadn’t been back to Sheep Lake since fall of 2010 […]