With many trails still closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, it has been tough to find good day hikes in the Columbia Gorge. However, it has forced me to explore some areas I’ve never ventured and revisit old trails to travel a different direction. Today was the latter. Returning to the Herman CreekContinue reading “Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls”
It’s hard to imagine – and even harder to describe – a place like Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. I’ve started and stopped this blog post about fifteen times in two days, trying to find the right words. It is true undeveloped, wildly remote, vast wilderness. Covering an area of over 8.7 million acres (that’s biggerContinue reading “Kayaking into the Silent Wilderness of Patagonia”
Say so long to the snow boots, sweaters, and scarves because spring has sprung across Utah. While the ski bums may be sobbing as they watch the snow melting, for the rest of us, it signals a new season and new sport – it’s hiking season! To warm up your legs hit one or moreContinue reading “4 Hikes to Celebrate Spring in Utah”
The desert can be a deadly and desolate place. However, in the heat and extreme landscape comes surprising beauty. In Nevada’s first state park, the Valley of Fire, rugged formations of bright red Aztec sandstone jut out of the earth; some with rough edges from thousands of years of erosion from the power of theContinue reading “Riding “The Wave” at Valley of Fire State Park”
The Pfeifferhorn with its jagged knife-edge traverse is an exciting and challenging hike for a summer weekend in the Wasatch Mountains.
As a spider web of lightening illuminated the green and gray rain-fly of our Nemo tent and the rain soaked the ground, my chest tightened in panic. I hope we don’t end up like those 300 dead reindeer in Norway, I thought. The rain continued to fall from the angry sky; the water creeping closerContinue reading “Experiencing the Power of Nature on the Red Castle Lake Trail”
Water is the lifeline of the desert. It brings vitality to dry earth, allows plants to sprout, and animals to flourish; even when temperatures reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a hiker (and a north-westerner through and through), I also love water for it’s beauty, refreshing spray, and fun trails. So while visiting CapitolContinue reading “Canyoning in Sulfur Creek”
As the campers quiet down and crawl into their sleeping bags, as sizzling fires are snuffed out, and as the crickets start their nightly song, the night’s sky awakens and rolls out a beautiful show of stars. In Utah’s National Parks, the nights are even darker and the show more stunning. From Bryce Canyon to CapitalContinue reading “Dark Skies, Bright Stars: Utah’s National Park’s After Dark”
After a long winter of skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, my legs needed to stretch – to hit the trail, to tread softly through the trees, to explore. While winter’s white hadn’t quite released its grasp at the higher levels, Lake Blanche proved its name in beauty and color. Located in the center of the TwinContinue reading “White Trail, White Peaks, Blanche Lake”
It’s never too snowy to check out a waterfall – and when it’s 60 degrees and sunny in Salt Lake City, it’s hiking time. While sipping a cup of coffee, I starred out the window of my new duplex apartment at the Wasatch Mountains topped with white peaks and blue skies.Winter surprised me in December whenContinue reading “A Winter Waterfall Walk to Donut Falls”
Winter is in full swing around the country (well…at least west of the Rockies), which means it’s time to get out an enjoy the cool, crisp air, the snow flurries on the ground, and the leave-less wonders. In Washington, get out and about this season with these five fun walks! Wildside – De Leo WallContinue reading “5 Winter Walks in Washington”
So after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I joined my fellow hikers on a five-day safari around Tanzania. We’d traveled so far and worked so hard, that we deserved a little relaxing post-mountain fun. We visited three of the country’s national parks in the northern circuit: Tarangire, Ngorongnoro Crater, and Lake Manyara. Traveling by safari truck, weContinue reading “On Safari for Tanzania’s Big 5”
The seasons are finally starting to change; there is a chill in the air, a few days of rain have fallen, and leaves are floating to the ground. Soon winter will be here and we will be able to stop incessantly checking our iPhone weather apps to see if there is snow on the way!Continue reading “Fade to Winter Movie Premiere in Portland”
As the sun warmed our backs, its orange-red glow illuminated our path. Gravel, scree, and boulders were all we could see. From the soles of our dust-covered hiking boots to the white-wispy clouds in the sky, it never ended. We never gave up. The highest point on the African continent, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one ofContinue reading “Strong, slow, and steady: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro”
A long drive from Portland, down an obscure road, Panther Creek Falls is a hidden gem worth an afternoon away. From the parking lot, it is just a short hike (like really short) to a viewing platform. But if you are up for an adventure, take the scramble trail off to the left toContinue reading “A Hidden Hike: Panther Creek Falls”
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