2016’s First Hike: Skyline Lake

2016’s First Hike: Skyline Lake

Happy 2016! Though we’ve been to Skyline Lake before, we wanted a nice familiar hike to take our new snowshoes out on our last day of holiday vacation. We both got the MSR Lightning Ascent snowshoes for Christmas (thanks, Dad!!), so I’m determined to go snowshoeing more than once a year now. Our original plan was Gold Creek Pond, but the trail became totally packed down in the week since the last snow, rendering snowshoes pointless out there. So, we set off this morning from home with mugs full of hot wine and a song in our hearts (or something).

MSR Lightning Snowshoes

By: Shelby January 3, 2016 1 comment Read More
Walking in an Autumnal Wonderland: Or, That Time We Almost Made it to Ingalls Lake

Walking in an Autumnal Wonderland: Or, That Time We Almost Made it to Ingalls Lake

This hike wasn’t a failure. We didn’t make it to the lake at the end of the trail, but that’s okay. Sure, Ingalls Lake is supposed to be one of the most beautiful places that you can just up and walk to in the state, but the lake actually wasn’t my goal. What I really really wanted to see was the larches in their electric orange glory. For years now I’ve heard of the amazing fall show these trees put on for just a couple weeks each year, but we had never been out to see them for ourselves.

Ingalls Way Title Image

By: Shelby October 5, 2015 2 comments Read More
Throwback Thursday: Pratt Lake

Throwback Thursday: Pratt Lake

I know our last post (in April, cough cough) was a “Throwback Thursday” post, but I felt like I needed another one to jump back into the blogging game. It might seem a little silly to look back on a fairly insignificant weekend after all of the momentous events this year, and even this summer. But I wanted ot take some time to look back on that unassuming weekend trip, that had so little buildup or fanfare, and so few expectations. Planning your own wedding is hard. It eats up a ton of time and makes you want to bury your head in the sand and hope people might forget about it. We wanted a quiet weekend in a quiet corner of the woods. On a spectacular weekend in May that heralded an early summer, we packed our bags and headed to Pratt Lake.

PrattLake-header

By: Shelby September 24, 2015 0 comments Read More
Throwback Thursday: Second Beach

Throwback Thursday: Second Beach

I was digging around through photos of past trips to upload to our relatively new Flickr page, and I stumbled across these from a quick end-of-season trip to Second Beach in September of 2013. I never got around to writing a blog post about it, maybe because this magical place is already our most blogged about location. Either way, these pictures brought back fond memories of a beautifully misty, grey weekend trip.

A surf camp took all the good campfire wood from the beach. That’s my one complaint from the weekend.

the sprawling surf camp

the sprawling surf camp

By: Shelby April 30, 2015 0 comments Read More
Detouring through Miller Peninsula–Thompson Spit

Detouring through Miller Peninsula–Thompson Spit

So our lives have been a whirlwind of wedding planning. This weekend was the cake tasting. Because I’m terrible at talking to vendors and making decisions, I’ll look around online for a while before I finally make a decision and talk to somebody. I called That Takes the Cake one day a few weeks ago, thinking they were located in Everett. “You know we’re located in Sequim, right? But we deliver…” “Uhh. I guess that’s fine. I already have you on the phone, so let’s just do this.”

So I set up a consultation and resigned myself to the fact that we’d have to drive to Sequim just to try some cake. Now, I have no problem with that, in reality. We love the Olympic Peninsula more than most places, so we never really need an excuse to get out there. Our appointment was in the evening, after the shop closed, so we had almost all day to go on a little adventure. My only requirement was that we didn’t get too sweaty, because I had to be ready to get all bridal for the tasting.

Miller Peninsula-30

By: Shelby April 29, 2015 28 comments Read More