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First and Second Burroughs, Mt. Rainier, Aug. 20, 2015

First and Second Burroughs, Mt. Rainier, Aug. 20, 2015

Usually I go to Sunrise during the peak of the flower season, which is also the peak bug season. But this year we didn’t make it up there until recently. The flowers are mostly gone, except for a few intrepid late bloomers, and much of the herbal foliage is dry and crispy. Everything looked faded…Continue Reading

Teanaway Camping

Teanaway Camping

Last week Gabe was at camp, so I took Annika camping for one night. With the weather taking a turn, I chose the sunny Teanaway for our excursion. We set up at Beverly Campground. This Forest Service campground has less than 20 spots, and felt kind of scruffy, but we got an awesome spot right…Continue Reading

Coal and Independence Lakes Trip Report – 7/15/15

Coal and Independence Lakes Trip Report – 7/15/15

Some friends joined us today for our hike. We’ve been on the search for a good swimming lake, and a friend suggested Independence Lake on the Mountain Loop Highway. On the road up, we stopped at Coal Lake. It’s a pretty little lake that sits right next to the road, with a short path up…Continue Reading

Metolius Camping and Newberry Volcanic Monument

Metolius Camping and Newberry Volcanic Monument

Back in June we had our almost-annual camping trip on the Metolius River near Sisters. We had a smaller family group this time, but we had perfect weather and lots of fun. We took a hike one day along the river trail, from the Gorge Campground up to Camp Sherman. There we all got ice…Continue Reading

Twin Lakes, Cold Creek Trail, 7/8/15

Twin Lakes, Cold Creek Trail, 7/8/15

I had this idea about getting the kids out to a lake to swim and getting away from the heat. I remembered a hike we did several years ago, to Twin Lakes (actually, it’s only one lake…), and thought we’d give it a try. We found the trailhead with little trouble, though the road signs…Continue Reading

Faraway Rock and Reflection Lakes Loop, Mt. Rainier, Trip Report

Faraway Rock and Reflection Lakes Loop, Mt. Rainier, Trip Report

Last week we felt we needed to get out for another big trip to take advantage of abundant sunshine and mountain flowers. We chose Rainier, and I gave the kids a choice about the region to visit. Gabe really wanted to get up to Paradise, so that’s the direction we headed. We stopped for lunch…Continue Reading

Old Sauk River Trail Hike

Old Sauk River Trail Hike

Some trails hold a fond place in our hearts, as we have pleasant memories. Or perhaps the trails are unique and make us feel something special. For me, Old Sauk is like that. Meandering along the Sauk River, this gentle trail leads through mature forest. It feels a lot like old growth, even though it…Continue Reading

Beaver Lake Trail (Mountain Loop Hwy) – 5/29/15

Beaver Lake Trail (Mountain Loop Hwy) – 5/29/15

Winter wrens and Swainson’s thrushes serenaded us as we started our hike this morning. We appreciated the shiny new trailhead for Beaver Lake, as well as the spiffy, clean outhouse. The trail dips slightly then follows an old railroad grade along the Sauk River. It’s shady and brushy at this time of year. The greenery…Continue Reading

Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival

Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival

Birds, sunshine, picturesque mountains in a charming small town – this is what drew me to the Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival earlier in May. I ended up having Annika to myself, as Gabe had plans with a friend for the day. We got an early start and made it to Leavenworth just after 9am for…Continue Reading

Return to Wild Horse – Trip Report, 5/1/15

Return to Wild Horse – Trip Report, 5/1/15

Last week I got a crazy idea in my head that it would be great to bring friends along on more of our adventures. My kids are getting old enough that they are beginning to prefer friends to mom, and I thought it would help with the long drive. I really wanted to go see…Continue Reading