Tuck and Robin Lakes

The Hoods did it again. They took me on a fantastic adventure in the mountains where memories will live forever. It only seemed fitting that this trip was just around the same time that we met 6 years ago in the mountains at Marmot Pass. After years of failed attempts for permits into The Enchantments, …

2016 – A year of heart exercise

Well, it serves me right for complaining that my 2015 felt uneventful during last year’s post. This year has had just as many highs as there has been lows for me. It certainly has been the biggest roller coaster that I am still on and I can’t see the end in sight anytime soon. 2016 …

A Day at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has long been on my list of places to go. With a wedding around the corner at Bigfork, spending the day at Glacier was a no brainer. Unfortunately for us, time was not on our side so I’ll have to hold off on backcountry exploration another time. We decided to spend the …

Banks Lake, WA

Can we please make this an annual thing? Banks Lake is the most amazing place for memorial day weekend! A 27-mile reservoir in central Washington where great camping and climbing spots are only accessible by boat. An AMAZING weekend with some of my favorite people. It was much needed to be without cell service for …

Labor Day Adventures at Crater Lake

You would think trying to camp at Crater Lake over Labor Day Weekend would be a nightmare. And if you were to stay within the park, I suppose that’s probably true. But there are plenty of state campgrounds surrounding the national park where car camping can be a breeze on what is considered the most awful …

Laughton Glacier and the Yukon Route

My first real Alaskan excursion was definitely one of my favorite hiking experiences ever. Who doesn’t love getting dropped off at a trail head in the middle of nowhere by a train? It’s only about as fun until you’re sprinting back at the end of the day to catch the last train back into town. …

We are 12 – Lake 22 and Granite Mountain

To wish our boys luck I carried a 12th man flag to finish the season. Lake 22 The best part was when I found out someone recognized me from twitter days later! Apparently it worked because the guys went on to win the NFC Championship in an EPIC battle. So naturally, we made another trek …

Gruene Explorations and Enchanted Rock

Before we made our way to Jordan Ranch (the most looked forward to part of my trip), we made a few stops for some sight seeing. Besides rolling through the country hillside, the highlights were visiting a small town called Gruene (pronounced “green”) and going on a nature walk/hike up “Enchanted Rock”. Gruene Dusty, small, …

Thunder Mountain Lakes

Finally, the painstaking wait was over. I was finally out for a weekend with my favorite backpacking group. A year an a half passed before I could be reunited with Jamie, Kevin, and Bill out on the trail, but as soon as we were all packed into the car together, it felt like hardly any …

Third Beach Camping

My first backpacking trip without a guy to depend on! Even though it was a short trip, I’m still proud of myself. Because if I can do it…any girl can! Organized by my dear friend Monica and her friend Arriana, accompanied by my old high school friend Courtney, we had a crazy awesome time! While …

Lake Twenty-Two

Nothing welcomes summer like a good hike topped off with a dive into an alpine lake. I had full intentions of swimming at the top of this hike, though, mother nature gave me a reality check, greeting me with a half frozen but GORGEOUS lake. Lake Twenty-Two is one of my favorite hikes because at …

Ramona Falls

Located in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, Ramona Falls is the perfect day hike for anyone looking to get some exercise without major difficulty. The 7.1 mile loop trail remains flat for the most part, gaining 1000 feet in elevation, but there were a few tricky parts as the temporary bridge over the Sandy River …

Park Butte

What better way to celebrate a month abroad than seeing my friends play music, followed up with a day hike in the North Cascades? Jet lag doesn’t exist for me! But I do admit, after traveling 26 hours, heading straight to Bellingham to see Hot Bodies in Motion and Allen Stone, staying up late catching …

Teanaway River Valley – Round 1

A wonderful weekend away with some of my favorite people. Car camping at it’s best. Full days of adventure followed with amazing food…what could possibly go wrong?    Crap. Now where do we go?       Like me!

The Brothers

I was itching to get out, Zach was looking for a hiking partner. Though I’m not sure why he dragged me along since he found some other guys to make the climb to The Brothers with him. I didn’t summit since it was a little bit of a technical climb and I don’t have any …

Big Quilcene – Lower River Trail

Joe and I were looking for a day adventure. Unfortunately our attempt to Mount Townsend was foiled when the amount of snow on the road kept us from reaching the trail head. We reluctantly turned around and settled for the Lower Big Quilcene River Trail. We had already lost a lot of time so we …

Franklin Falls

This is hardly a hike, but a nice place to take your dog for a walk and getting wet for the day. Two miles roundtrip, near I-90 in Snoqualmie. But I love waterfalls, Zach needs to check off every hike in his book, and here we are at Franklin Falls. Like me!

Fall Camping – Rialto Beach

Nothing like being in complete denial that summer in the PNW is over and making your way over to the Olympic Peninsula for some good coastal camping. Lucky for us we completely lucked out on weather. By far the best weather I’ve had camping out there. I love camping at Rialto because you can backpack …

Welcoming Spring: Deer Lake and La Push Day Adventure

Matt and I were getting really antsy for hiking season. We heard we were supposed to have decent weather so we decided to adventure with his friend Andrew over to the Olympics. It was a really long day trip but worth every second. What we weren’t prepared for was the amount of snow we would …