4 Best SUP Spots near the Columbia River Gorge

As I’m watching the rain drops hit the window, I’m day dreaming of summer. The warm rays, the long days, the smell of sunscreen and bug spray – there is something special about this time of the year. And while I may not quite be ready for bathing suit season, I am definitely ready toContinue reading “4 Best SUP Spots near the Columbia River Gorge”

Spring Protection: Larkly Mineral Sunscreen

The older I grow, the more conscious I get about taking care of my skin – and for me it all starts with sunscreen. I’m naturally fair, burn easily and haven’t always been the best at lathering up before heading outside. But even in spring when it may be overcast and gray, it is importantContinue reading “Spring Protection: Larkly Mineral Sunscreen”

The Wild Wyoming Winds: Photographer’s Point Hike

“Wow” doesn’t really do this hike’s view justice, but at the same time it’s definitely the first and last word that comes to my mind. You know that viral clip of the guy who saw a double rainbow while out hiking. That is the kind of enthusiasm that is behind this “wow.” And the 9.2-mileContinue reading “The Wild Wyoming Winds: Photographer’s Point Hike”

Becoming Ultra – Season 13!

Along with my love of hiking, over the last few years I have also fallen deeper and deeper in love with running. Whether on road or trail, getting out regularly just makes me feel happy at my core.  From couch to 5k in 2010 with my mom and sister to my first marathon in 2017,Continue reading “Becoming Ultra – Season 13!”

Half-Day Hike at Devil’s Tower

The middle of nowhere perfectly describes the location of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming – and there is nothing wrong with nowhere. Rising from the earth suddenly, Devil’s Tower becomes visible from miles away as you drive into the Park. There isn’t much else on the horizon – a few ranches or farms, a handful ofContinue reading “Half-Day Hike at Devil’s Tower”

Hike Highlight: Savage Lakes

A 3.8-mile round trip hike, the Savage Lake trail is a steep yet moderate hike in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Leaving cell phone service long behind in the Roaring Folk valley, follow the babbling Frying Pan River for approximately 27 miles high up into the Holy Cross Wilderness for this picturesque hike. StartingContinue reading “Hike Highlight: Savage Lakes”

Winter Hiking Gear: What I’m Wearing Now

Winter may have officially begun last week, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor play season is over. With the right gear, you can hike and stay warm all winter long.  For winter hiking – especially in the Pacific Northwest – you must be ready for wet weather. It may be snow, rain, mist or mud,Continue reading “Winter Hiking Gear: What I’m Wearing Now”

Hike Highlight: Drift Creek Falls

Out at the coast for a day trip or short weekend stay near Lincoln City? Then enjoy this short waterfall hike in the depths of the Coastal Mountains’ forest. An easy, 3.7-mile round trip walk, this hike is a good option for families; featuring a wide path, little elevation change, and big shady Thimbleberry bushes.Continue reading “Hike Highlight: Drift Creek Falls”

Hike Highlight: PCT to Twin Lakes

Accessible from two different trailheads on the Pacific Crest Trail, south of Mt. Hood in Oregon, the Twin Lakes Trail hike features stops at two beautiful turquoise alpine lakes surrounded by dense evergreen forests. Choose your adventure on this segment of the PCT with a loop-hike, out-and-back, or weekend backpacking. I opted for an 9-mileContinue reading “Hike Highlight: PCT to Twin Lakes”