Camp Long: The Hidden Gem Next Door

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How well do you know your neighborhood?

Although I’ve lived at the same address for more than two years, I’ve only just discovered a secret Seattle retreat close to home.

After months away from the trail due to injury and illness, I’d been searching for a place where I could spend some time relaxing in the outdoors on a really easy trail to begin the process of rebuilding my strength and endurance. Camp Long was just the ticket. Continue reading

Taking a Deep Breath at Little Si

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A pair of boots on my feet, a pack on my back, and the intoxicating scent of nature in my nostrils: to me, that’s happiness in a nutshell. This weekend, my friend JP and I tackled one of North Bend, Washington’s most popular hiking trails: Little Si. Almost five miles out and back and rated at moderate effort by the Washington Trails Association, Little Si offered the perfect way to start the weekend, pouring rain and all. Continue reading

7 Lessons from 7 Hikes: #HiketheSummer at the Halfway Point

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Mount Rainier rises above Eunice Lake as seen from the Tolmie Peak Lookout Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Thirteen hikes in 13 weeks is totally doable, right? After all, I live in a state known for mountains in every direction, with residents who are, by and large, dedicated to a passionate pursuit of the outdoors. For this erstwhile couch potato, however, a goal to hike at least once every week this summer was the start of a commitment to shaking off the shackles of a somewhat sedentary lifestyle and embracing contentment through fitness and communion with nature. #HiketheSummer was born. Continue reading

Green is Good: Winter Hiking Olympic National Park

One of the most glorious things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the ample opportunity for winter hiking. The climate here from December through March can be chilly, but most days are balmy and downright tolerable if you dress for it. Over the weekend, I had the sheer pleasure of heading west to Olympic National Park on a photo hike under the auspices of The Mountaineers. Continue reading