After snowshoeing most of the way up to Lanham Lake, it was time for Part II of REI’s snowshoes and brews guided expedition–the beer!
Despite what the calendar says, winter is here, as proven by that cold snap we had last week and Christmas merriment all about. With winter comes winter and holiday seasonal beers to keep your belly as warm and toasty as the rest of you. I decided to put together a list of my favorite winter […]
Sometimes, after a hike you go to the nearest brewery, especially if the next-closest is miles away. Beggars can’t be choosers in those instances, so I was thrilled to learn Valley House Brewing was both close to our hike and tasty!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, I don’t mean winter arriving on the trails (okay, maybe a little bit), but time for Christmas and other holidays. I love Christmas–the eggnog, the decorations, and finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. Here are my recommendations* for the outdoorsy people on your […]
If you’re headed back to Seatte after hiking in the Olympic Peninsula, like we were, you have tons of apres-hike beer options. With choosing the Bainbridge ferry back home, we knew there were tons of good options between the Lower Grey Wolf River and the ferry terminal.
If you camp or backpack, chances are you’ll need a sleeping bag. If you start camping and backpacking more often, upgrading your sleeping bag can go a long ways for helping you hit the trail refreshed. But how does one pick a sleeping bag?
Similar to Mason Lake, I have attempted or meant to go to Dru Bru many times before, but was thwarted. However, Beers at the Bottom recommended it as their pairing brewery to go with Mason Lake, in their book Beer Hiking the Pacific Northwest, so I felt that if Mason Lake happened, Dru Bru was […]
When backpacking, as I mentioned before, you *can* bring all of your water with you, but that can be very heavy. It’s far easier to get water on the trail. While some may think filtering or purifying water isn’t necessary, that’s a gamble I would only make in a life-or-death instance. But with so many […]
Whether backpacking or car camping, typically I’m going to be so zonked from hiking that I’ll sleep deeply. But a comfortable sleeping set-up makes all the difference in being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning, or an evil swamp witch. Here’s how I have my tent prepared for a good night’s sleep.