Celebrating Earth Day, Your Way

It doesn't take Earth Day to celebrate our favorite things about this planet, but it's as good a day as any to reflect and recommit to protecting the world around us. While I've always loved trees and wildlife, as I've grown older, I've grown more passionate about preserving all aspects of nature and reducing my …

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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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