Little Si Hike

Little Si has a special place in my heart, because the first time we hiked it was right around when we decided to move to Seattle. It’s such a fantastic, quick hike get away from the city. If you’ve lived in the Seattle area any length of time and enjoy hiking, chances are you have…

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Lena Lake Hike

It wasn’t the first time I found myself driving south on highway 5 to Olympic National Forest for a particular hike. Back in January, I had an ill-fated adventure in an attempt to visit this exact place: Lower Lena Lake. If I can’t be on top of a mountain with sweeping views, a lake is…

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Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

I headed to Rattlesnake Ledge on a Thursday around 5 pm, shortly after the trail was reopened after being shuttered for about a year due. Historically extremely popular, I was eager to go before the word fully got out that it was open. Nonetheless, there was still a moderate amout of people on the trail.…

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Deception Pass State Park Camping

Visiting Deception Pass State Park Camping in March in Washington was totally new territory for me. First, I hadn’t been camping in 6 years, so I definitely felt out of practice. Second, I had only ever planned one camping trip before. Third, the weather in Washington tends to be rainy and unpredictable. What I’d read…

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Oyster Dome in Winter

For my 28th birthday, I was determined to spend the day in the outdoors, hiking. Given the friendless-in-Seattle and covid situations as well as my hiking hobby, it seemed like a natural choice. Since my birthday was on a Friday, I took the day off work to enjoy a three-day weekend. And then, the forecast…

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Multnomah Falls in Winter

I hit a winter wall last week. It’s interesting: though I lived through a much colder winter last year in Boston, winter in Seattle presents a different challenge. The Boston area was surprisingly sunny even in winter; we never went many days without some serious sunshine. In Seattle, the long dreary grey can really get…

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Twin Falls Hike

Twin Falls is actually the very first hike I picked out in Washington–before I knew I was going to move here. We were visiting my sister and her family over the winter holidays. I wanted to plan a hike that we could bring our then 2-year-old nephew along on. Something short, something within a 45…

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