Chush Falls Hike – Summits and Spray

Best laid plans never pan out, so lately my weekend trips have been a bit more ad-hoc. Snow, snowed-out a camping reservation and unusually cold and wet spring fronts have kept me bundle inside more ready for a book than trek. But when it comes to a long-weekend like Memorial Day, classic Pacific Northwest June-uaryContinue reading “Chush Falls Hike – Summits and Spray”

Exploring Colorado’s Mountain Passes: 4 Epic Mile-High Hikes

Over the Labor Day weekend, my husband I traveled to Colorado to compete in the Grand Traverse. A point-to-point ultramarathon, the race runs up and over two mountain passes connecting Crested Butte to Aspen. While the race didn’t go in my favor, the week long trip was not a complete bust – exploring four differentContinue reading “Exploring Colorado’s Mountain Passes: 4 Epic Mile-High Hikes”

Big Views: Sleeping Beauty Hike

If your calves and quads were snoozing from the car drive to this remote Washington hike, they are bound to wake up as you ascend Sleeping Beauty. Short but steep, this 2.6-mile round-trip hike rapidly gains 1400 feet of elevation to pop out of the tree-tops. Featuring views of four mountain peaks (Adams, Hood, Rainer,Continue reading “Big Views: Sleeping Beauty Hike”

Hiking to God’s Thumb

Somethings are worth getting up early for – and this hike is one of them. With a heat wave rolling through the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago, I was super lucky to already have a coast weekend on the books. My college friends all converged on Lincoln City for a long 4-day weekend. IfContinue reading “Hiking to God’s Thumb”

Weekend Warrior Trip: 2-Day Metolius River Camping

If you have trouble sleeping these days like me, power through your work week and book a camp ground along the wild Metolius River. Better than any white-noise machine, the roaring rapids of these crystal-clear waters will sooth you to sleep like a sweet lullaby. Recently, I have been super stressed and my anxiety high,Continue reading “Weekend Warrior Trip: 2-Day Metolius River Camping”

A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a hell of a year. Looking back on the last 12 months, I feel like it’s all a fog – a blurry merge of months, virtual meetings and happy hours, walks past the same houses, and long, lonely days spent indoors. And unfortunately, the hopeContinue reading “A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic”

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”