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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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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The Backup Backup Plan: Timberline Trail

With five days off Kyle and I knew we wanted to do something epic over the 4th of July weekend. And I had been planning just the thing for months: a traverse of Washington’s own Sawtooth Range, located above Lake Chelan. The traverse involved eight different scrambles to summits, cross country travel, miles of trail […]

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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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