A Chronicle of Two Creatives

Adventures

Finding Solitude on WA’s Most Beautiful Rail Trail

I have a good friend who’s a Canadian immigrant and ironically knows US history and politics better than almost anyone I know. One thing that strikes me about him is his belief that I should be proud to be an

Whatcom Pass and Tapto Lakes: Backpacking the North Cascades

Sometimes, when you dream about visiting a place for so long, pouring over blogs and trail reports and staring at photo after photo, witnessing it with your own eyes can feel a bit surreal. Tapto Lakes is one of those

A Weekend on Marmot Pass in the Buckhorn Wilderness

For Dave and I, summer 2021 is all about training. We were lucky enough to land a permit for the highly sought-after Copper Ridge Loop + Tapto Lakes at the end of August, and have spent just about every minute

Summer in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

So many things this year haven’t gone according to plan – mostly thanks to our good friend COVID-19. Without a coordinated national response, unfortunately we’re still trying to find a new sense of normalcy. The pandemic forced us to postpone

Ancient Lakes, Central Washington

Trail Report: Ancient Lakes in Central Washington

Since the day quarantine started, it’s become a new ritual of mine to take long walks through the neighborhood we now call home. I didn’t know much about coping with isolation, but I did know that without routine, I’m not

Trail Report: Mount Rose Summit in Winter

Planning weekend hikes in the Winter can be exhausting. “What roads are closed? What trails are impassible? Do we need route-finding abilities in the fresh snow? How snowy is it at XYZ?” It’s frustrating, and we rely heavily on user-submitted

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Olympic National Park Roadtrip

Over just about every weekend for the past 6 months, Dave & I have hit the trails, but sometimes there are places so beautiful, you need more than a weekend to explore. For Labor Day, I knew the extra day

Trail Report: Moody Conditions on Beckler Peak

When we moved to Seattle from Pennsylvania this past February, we were largely ignorant of how different hiking is in the Pacific Northwest. There aren’t a ton of variables back East – you kinda just say you’re going somewhere and

Effective Exploration (Part 2): Moab and Beyond

Continued from Part 1. March 26, 2017 After the previous day’s dehydration and vomit debacle, I got some fitful, sub-par sleep in my car, parked at one of the many BLM campgrounds outside Moab, UT. I had a bike rental

We’re Moving to Seattle!

Swear words. Crying. Jumping all over and smiling until my face hurt. My first few minutes after getting the call were a fantastical blend of all the parts of me. After a few months of interviewing, I’ve accepted a position