Washington Hikes: Carter and Madcap Falls

We set out yesterday morning to hike Narada Falls to Reflection Lake in Mt. Rainier National Park. However, despite arriving just as the gate opened, there was absolutely no parking left at Narada Falls when we arrived. I either sorely underestimated the popularity of this hike, or I simply underestimated the number of people who …

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Washington Hikes: Rampart Ridge Loop

Last weekend the sun was out, Mt. Rainier was towering overhead, and we took advantage of the break in the weather to squeeze in a Saturday morning hike before I needed to be home, accessible, and on-call for work. We set out for the Rampart Ridge Loop trail from Longmire in Mt. Rainier National Park, …

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2020 Travel Recap

I've seen lots of COVID-19-inspired reflection posts about 2020 - challenges we faced, things we learned, how we persevered, what we'll carry with us moving forward, etc. This is not that kind of post. This is a post I write every single year looking back on our adventures. It's a simple and happy post. It's …

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Doin’ Some Shoein’: Comet Falls

We started 2020 snowshoeing outside Vancouver, B.C., and are bringing it to a close with snowshoeing in Mt. Rainier National Park! We arrived at Longmire around 10 a.m. to snow, clouds, and relatively few people. We tend to start our hikes much earlier in the morning, but we were at the mercy of the Longmire …

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Washington Hikes: Columbia River Trail

During our recent overnight on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, we spent an afternoon exploring the history of the area's petrified forest and a morning hiking from the Columbia Gorge cliffs down to the Columbia River. We awoke to gorgeous views of the sunrise lighting up the cliffs of the Columbia Gorge. It …

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