Otter Falls: Don’t Let The Weather Stop You

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It looked like the best day for me to get outdoors this weekend was coincidentally the worst weather day.  But did that stop my friends and I? Never!  We are definitely not fair weather hikers…and we don’t let things like downed trees on the road stop us from our destination! This is a trail off […]

Friday Faves 12/29/2017

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Wahoo, TGIF! Here’s to a new year filled with adventure and hope. These are some of my favorite articles and links this week. Enjoy them.  Then GET OUTSIDE! Section Hiker It’s always great to see people write about the hike they DIDN’T complete because it reminds all of us it is okay to call a […]

Friday Faves 12/22/2017

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Wahoo, TGIF! And it’s Christmas Eve Eve Eve!These are some of my favorite articles and links that I checked out this week. Enjoy them.  Then GET OUTSIDE! Abby’s Atlas I’m not a big cruise or package travel person and I never thought about doing either in the Amazon.  I enjoyed the pictures from Abby’s stay at this […]

Nature: Do We Really Believe It Is For Everyone?

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It is no secret that our national parks, monuments, trails and other places of nature are being accessed at an increasing rate as many discover the beauty of these outdoor spaces, often to the detriment of the land they occupy.  People who have been enjoying these spaces long before Instagram and Facebook are up in […]

Return To Eagle Cap, Day 2: Not Your Grandma’s Needlepoint

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We reluctantly woke up from our stealth camping spot in the trees and plotted out our second day.  Where did we hope to camp for our second night? How far did we want to go today and thus tomorrow?  We eventually decided that Cached Lake would be our destination for camping.  There is no official […]

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Saving Lake Serene

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It was a wonderful announcement recently that the land surrounding the popular Lake Serene will be saved from logging due to the donations of many of the hikers that use the trail here in the Pacific Northwest. Over $275,000 was raised! It is inspiring to know in today’s environment activism can pay off. For the […]

My West Fork Foss River Trip and A Little Tough Love

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My friend Anne and I are already planning our girls trip for next summer (one of the ways we make it through winter) and it has me thinking about this past summer’s trip.  Like most of my adventures this year, it didn’t go as planned and it is one of the reasons I have had […]

Really? Nature Is Medicine??

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The latest catch phrase is “Nature Bathing“. The term comes from Japan (always so in tune with the natural world) in the 1990’s and is now taking hold in America.  Somehow we are now discovering that time spent in nature works like medicine to not only refresh our spirit but it actually improves your physical health […]