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Hiking the Historic Lime Kiln Trail

Hiking the Historic Lime Kiln Trail

It’s been a crazy long time since we’ve been hiking. Our last hike was in February! And it was a snowshoe!! Ever since we began the house-hunting adventure, there’s been almost no time to get outside. Luckily, we’ve achieved our goal and bought a house! That means we’re done for the year now, right? We can just coast, right? Maybe. Either way, now that we’re finally feeling settled into the house, we took a day to ourselves and went on a nice local hike. The weather in Seattle has been freaking gorgeous for the past couple of weeks. So of course, on the one day we can go hiking, it’s forecasted to rain. That’s okay! Rainy days are what river hikes are for.

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April 24, 2016 0 comments Read More
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).

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January 3, 2016 1 comment Read More
Dodging Storms at Pete Lake

Dodging Storms at Pete Lake

Our mild winter and warm spring has left us dreaming of summer camping trips. We want to do more quick overnighter trips this summer, because they don’t require any time off and, while they can’t replace longer camping trips, they can be a quick fix and are certainly more memorable than weekends at home. For a bunch of reasons, we haven’t been able to go on any camping trips yet this year, but are looking forward to weekends we can.

One such quick trip that we went on last August was to the spectacular Pete Lake on the other side of the Cascades, near Roslyn, Washington. It was glorious, remote, and just barely far enough away that it was more worth it to camp than just hike. It was also a super easy and quick 4.5 mile hike in, with only 400 feet elevation gain.

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April 21, 2015 3 comments Read More
The Ghost Town of Monte Cristo

The Ghost Town of Monte Cristo

Hoppy Easter! This weekend, we weren’t completely swamped with life or wedding to-dos, so we took advantage of the amazing spring weather and went on a beautiful hike to a wonderful, historical piece of the Cascades. For a whole slew of reasons, this was our first hike since February, so we wanted it to pack a punch but also not be extremely difficult for our soft hiking muscles. There was a post on my favorite Facebook hiking group stating that the Monte Cristo area, which is an old ghost town in the North Cascades, was going to be closed to the public for an indefinite period of time for EPA clean up. This hike has been on my list for a long time, and I had actually thought it had been closed down for a while and had given up hope on doing it anytime soon. However, when I saw this post, I jumped at the chance to see the area before this supposed cleanup happened. What were they going to clean up? Were they going to remove the historical artifacts from the area? Nobody knows what’s really going to happen to the area, so we figured this was our last chance to see it as it stands and has stood for a long time. As of now, it officially closes down on the 15th, so it was now or never for this weekend.

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April 7, 2015 2 comments Read More
2014 Roundup

2014 Roundup

We didn’t do much updating of the blog in 2014, sadly, so I wanted to do a quick roundup of the year before we move too far into 2015… Maybe one day I’ll give each of these items the entry they deserve. But until then, I wanted to share a quick overview of all the fun we had over the course of the amazing year.

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January 5, 2015 0 comments Read More