If you need to ask you’ll never know

“Is that the mystery of Mystery Canyon?” I wondered, crouched and frozen on a steep, insecure shale slope, “That it sucks?” We had only just dropped off the rim of the canyon and into Death Gully (that’s right, it was called Death Gully) so we could still turn around if we wanted to. Were we […]

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What do canyons and glaciers have in common? Everything.

Everything here is perfectly still. Most of the turns and hollows are cast into shadow, but here and there features and patches of sand are lit up with a soft light. It feels ancient and seems to come from nowhere, even though I know it must come from above. Winding my way through the canyon […]

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Not that kind of Subway silly

We are heading back the other direction, dry suits drenched and hanging off of us, and I can tell Sarah and Carl are both a bit miffed. I am giving myself a silent lashing – if you are going to check the GPS Lindsey ACTUALLY check the GPS. Don’t just glance at it and see […]

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Utah Honeymooning: Mountain Biking

It was months ago that our friends Sarah and Carl casually mentioned that maybe we should all take a trip to Utah after they got hitched in September. “Like, for your honeymoon?” we asked. And that is how Kyle and I ended up accompanying two of our besties to Utah on their honeymoon. You don’t […]

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Peggy’s Pond with Nite Ize

Years ago my family started a tradition of giving experiences instead of gifts for the holidays. And for the past couple of years it has been a tradition for Kyle and I to take my mom on a little overnight backpacking trip for her Christmas present. Our summer was looking pretty full until recently when […]

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Labor Day Bikepacking Trip: Day 2 to North Cispus Campground

We had agreed on an earlier start the next morning since we had closer to 45 miles to bike but things felt so leisurely around camp it still took us a while to get going. There were tents to dry out and snack to reorganize and none of us quite know how to pack up […]

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Labor Day Bikepacking: Day 1 to Walupt Lake

What do you do when all the preplanned bikepacking adventures out there just aren’t fitting the bill? Maybe they are too long or too short or in Oregon where it is going to be hot. You plan your own. That’s what you do. And so tasked with finding a bikepacking trip for a lovely group […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 3: White River to Longmire

Of course we were just far enough away from camp that turning around wasn’t an option when I remembered that I was planning on putting new batteries in my headlamp. The pool of light it was casting was quite dim but luckily I walk in front so I was getting the benefit of Kyle’s headlamp […]

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Wonderland Trail Day 2: Mowich to White River

Kyle and I got to sleep in an extra hour on Saturday and woke up at four to start our hike. I was surprised to wake up and feel good. I had slept like a baby which is rare after a really long day – usually my hips ache so bad it keeps me awake. […]

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