Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls

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”

4 Hikes to Celebrate Spring in Utah

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”

Riding “The Wave” at Valley of Fire State Park

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”

Experiencing the Power of Nature on the Red Castle Lake Trail

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”

Canyoning in Sulfur Creek

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”

White Trail, White Peaks, Blanche Lake

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”

A Winter Waterfall Walk to Donut Falls

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”

5 Winter Walks in Washington

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”

Strong, slow, and steady: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

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”