In the Pacific Northwest, it rains. Frequently. It’s good for avoiding drought, powers our hydroelectric dams, and keeps everything green, so better to accept the rain than try to fight it. So if you bookmark a day on the calendar to hike and it’s raining, what’s a hiker to do?
There are many popular hikes in the greater Seattle area. Typically, the most popular ones are those closest to the city (makes sense). Those hikes closest to the city are also the ones that typically lose snow quickly due to their lower elevation. So for those of us who do not have easy access to […]
Ahh, waking up the morning that Daylight Savings kicks in. The panic when you look at the time and realize you have one hour till checkout and need to shower and pack before departing for the trailhead. Maybe we didn’t pick the best weekend for hiking after all?
After descending the clouds of Mt. Erie, the sun started to peek out just as we parked at Bastion Brewing Company just a few miles away from the Anacortes Community Forest Land trails–the location couldn’t have been more convenient. We entered through the doors that actually lead to the restaurant portion of the building, but the […]
After missing Mt. Erie on our last trip to the Anacortes Community Forest Land, the boyfriendo and I were itching to go back. Due to his love for the charming city of La Conner, we decided to make a weekend of it, and crash there after hiking. The forecast said rain, so we again grabbed […]
Loving beer as much as I do, there are some mornings when I wake up and groan. Maybe I didn’t drink enough water last night, maybe the dude above me deprived me of a few hours of sleep (ahh, apartment living), maybe I shouldn’t have had that last double IPA on an empty stomach. However […]
After enjoying far too much beer at Brewology at the Pacific Science Center (by far the best beer festival I’ve ever been to), I needed to stretch my legs and burn some calories. I’m still suffering whiplash from the car crash I was in two weeks ago, so have been going stir-crazy not exercising. I finally […]
Choosing a hiking pack is like choosing a car. In car shopping, safety is likely a huge factor–in pack shopping, fit is more important than anything. One problem with being a somewhat-more-casual hiker is that I don’t have the need to be trying new gear out constantly–I buy quality stuff and use it gently, so my […]
It bears repeating–I am not a thru-hiker or a backpacker. My longest hike ever was 11 miles, but I typically do 4-6 miles for hikes. Because of this, I have always used hiking shoes–I love my North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR IIIs that I’ve had for years. The terrain on hikes I do is rarely rocky […]