Adventures of the trash family

Look, I’m not trying to pretend I’m someone that I’m not so let me level with you – I would never have chosen to go off-roading if my dad hadn’t been along for the ride. With such a camping, hiking, rafting, outdoor adventure focused trip planned I knew I needed to throw something into the […]

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When it rains it pours

When you plan a trip months ahead of time you have no way of knowing what the weather will be. And so when the trip comes and the forecast is looking less than ideal you have no choice but to grit your teeth and bear it. That is exactly what we did for our family […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 5

Day 5 20.3 miles Indian Bar Campground to Longmire Parking Lot We had agreed to wake up early on our last day so we could get back to Longmire in time to get some food outside the park. Regardless of that agreement, it still wasn’t easy to get out of the tent when the cool […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 4

Day 4 14.7 miles Sunrise Walk-in Campground to Indan Bar Campground Another dry morning. The sun was shining and we didn’t have to get out of our tent until 7am! However, Kyle and I are terrible at sleeping in and at staying in our tent while the sun is out. For the sake of Molly […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 3

Day 3 19.8 miles (allegedly) Eagle’s Roost Camp to Sunrise Walk-in Camp I was surprised when we woke up to dry tents. Day two had been so cloudy and cold I had been convinced we would be dealing with wet gear again. But instead we could see blue sky through the thick canopy of trees […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 2

Day 2 19.8 miles (allegedly) Klapatche Camp to Eagle’s Roost Camp We woke up damp, the ceiling of our tent covered in suspended condensation, just waiting for a light gust of wind or an clumsily moving tent dweller to come along and knock it all off. Kyle very carefully got dressed and fled the tent, […]

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Wonderland Trail: Day 1

Day 1 16.7 miles From Longmire parking lot to Klapatche Campsite We stepped out of the car after a long and slightly misty morning drive down to Mount Rainier National Park. Josh, Molly, Kyle and I stood in the Longmire parking lot, eying the clouds above us and eating the last of our respective breakfasts. […]

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Getting up for sunrise

Navajo Pass was a shot in the dark. Or at least, as much a shot in the dark as any spot is in Washington. It was probably going to be gorgeous – other people’s photos backed that up. There would probably be enough camping – it was hard to tell from the descriptions. I had […]

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How to celebrate an anniversary

Kyle and I were practically gleeful with our early morning start. We had gotten up at 4am to climb The Tooth and zooming up I-90 towards it in the early morning dark of summer felt amazing. For our one year anniversary we had decided to do an alpine climb in Snoqualmie Pass. It would be […]

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