Hiking On The PCT: Lodge Lake

Hiking On The PCT: Lodge Lake

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Yesterday I took a big step for me. I took all 3 boys hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, without my backup of having Kirk along with me. We met up with my friend Jennifer, who writes at The Hiker Mama, and her two children. Back in the day, I hiked with her when her […]

Of Face Plants and Mountain Views

Of Face Plants and Mountain Views

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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

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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

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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 […]