After enjoying a beautiful sunny hike and exploring town day one in Winthrop, we planned for a longer hike (Pipestone Canyon) for day two. However, we awoke to the sound of driving rain on a metal roof and suddenly nine miles didn’t seem like a whole lot of fun.
After hiking Patterson Mountain in unexpectedly warm weather, the boyfriendo and I were super ready for a beer and food. Winthrop might be a small town, but it’s big on great food and drinks!
For our anniversary, the boyfriendo surprised me with a weekend in Winthrop! Located northeast of Seattle, near North Cascades National Park, this town is a playground in both the winter and summer for outdoor activities–but how would the shoulder season hold up?
With my first time backpacking, I had a choice: rent or borrow a pack that may or may not fit me well, or buy one that REI fitted to me with the option to return if I hated backpacking. It seemed like an easy choice!
Labor Day weekend, I went backpacking for my first time ever. The boyfriendo has been backpacking since he was a child, and he spoke fondly of camping at Cape Alava as a backpacking trek. Armed with a new 65-liter pack and hopefully enough food, we set off!
I almost didn’t write this post. What good will a wrapup do with a year before the next GABF? I wondered. However, my amazing weekend there was enough of a blur I want to gush about it now, while the memories are only a bit hazy!
The drive from Crater Lake home to Seattle would have been a long one. Too long. So I elected we make a short but sweet stop at Silver Falls State Park near Salem to break up the drive home. It’s considered the crown jewel of Oregon State Parks–and I’d soon learn why.
While Crater Lake National Park has a plethora of easy hikes I already detailed, the park also offers some challenges. I made it a goal to take on these challenges back when I started planning this trip in January, so I was grateful that none of my goal hikes were closed due to fires.
I’ve mentioned it a few times, but I am a major obsessive planner. I start typing a packing list months before a trip occurs. Yet despite that, there’s always something that I forget. This is especially obvious when camping and unable to purchase what’s missing!
Like any good state or national park, Crater Lake National Park has a myriad of hiking options, from the easy to the challenging. During the course of our three-night stay, we did almost every hike that was open (sadly, much of the park was off-limits due to fires). Here were the easy hikes, perfect for […]