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”

Kayaking into the Silent Wilderness of Patagonia

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”

Dark Skies, Bright Stars: Utah’s National Park’s After Dark

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”

On Safari for Tanzania’s Big 5

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”

Take a Hot Hike to Cool Off at Falls Creek Falls

After weeks in the mid to high 90s in Portland, it was time for me to get out of the city and cool off with another waterfall hike. So this last weekend, I headed over the the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge to check out a few that I’d never been to before. HalfContinue reading “Take a Hot Hike to Cool Off at Falls Creek Falls”

Lake Agnes Hike

What do you get when you combine freezing temps, blue skies, silky white snow, and alpine lakes in the Canadian Rockies? A fantastic and rejuvenating day of hiking. Starting out at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, we grabbed a cup of hot coffee to watch the sun rise over the frozen lake and illuminate the surroundingContinue reading “Lake Agnes Hike”

Painted Hills of Oregon

One of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon near the John Day Fossil beds are ablaze with fall colors year round. While its quiet a drive to this scenic wayside from Portland, I can’t recommend it enough. Put on your Indian Jones hat and make a wild west day of it!

Ski season is almost here!

While it may still be September and the sun is shining in Oregon, winter is coming! And with it snow, skiing, and mountain bliss. To kickstart ski season, I hiked up to the top of the Palmer Glacier today, about 8500 feet up Mt. Hood, to get in a few early turns. To continue with theContinue reading “Ski season is almost here!”

A Stary Night at Rocky Mountain National Park

Last week, I travel to Colorado for my first hiking trip in the Rocky Mountains. I was super excited to see the vast front range, the sky-stretching mountains, and sheer scale the landscape – and on our first night, the stars and sky didn’t let me down! Read more about my trip soon!  

Sneaking through Spooky Gulch Canyon

Sometimes the best adventures are unexpected. Turning off the scenic highway 12 in Utah, I ventured down a pot-holed dirt and gravel road for 25 miles into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. No signs. No mile markers. No cell coverage. Yet in the midst of desolation – an empty desert – the sun and beauty breakContinue reading “Sneaking through Spooky Gulch Canyon”