Of Face Plants and Mountain Views


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


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 […]

New Wonderland Trail Map Out


A little while ago I was excited to hear the news about the newest Mt. Rainier map that was being debuted by Green Trails. Green Trails is the king of hiking maps out here in Washington and Oregon, offering highly detailed topo maps that are overall accurate and most of all…show mileage! (nothing worse than […]