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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.

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September 24, 2015 0 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
Blowdowns on Boulder River Trail

Blowdowns on Boulder River Trail

Well, it was bound to happen. Sooner or later, after hiking all over Washington state, there had to be a hike that we just absolutely, positively, did not enjoy. And that hike was the Boulder River trail. Maybe it was just the mood we were in? Maybe it was the weather? No, that couldn’t be it. We were in perfect hiking mood and the weather was perfect hiking weather. This just simply wasn’t the hike for us.

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January 26, 2015 0 comments Read More
Searching for Solitude at Snow Lake

Searching for Solitude at Snow Lake

Snow Lake is one of the most popular hikes in all of Washington, and definitely the most popular to visit in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It’s been on my list for a while now, but the reports of thick crowds always kept me away. However, on the slow, quiet first of November, we decided it would be a good idea to hike this one, while everybody else nursed their Halloween hangovers. Our idea was actually pretty good, because we were granted with a good amount of solitude. There were maybe 20 cars in the vast upper parking lot when we arrived, which still felt like a lot to me, and more cars were parking as we put on our boots and slung our backpacks over our shoulders.

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November 29, 2014 0 comments Read More
A Quiet Thanksgiving Hike to Franklin Falls

A Quiet Thanksgiving Hike to Franklin Falls

Happy Thanksgiving (weekend) everyone! As is our new holiday tradition, we went outside to celebrate much that we are thankful for: our health, the great outdoors, and each other. Unfortunately we couldn’t have our families with us! It’s been such a hectic year, traveling around 7 different states, starting new jobs, planning a wedding, and just generally trying to have it all. Almost every moment of the year has been filled with some amount of crazy creative energy, so for this Thanksgiving, we took a quieter route for our celebration. On Wednesday, we worked from home and cooked our feast for two. We hustled around our tiny kitchen in an (almost) choreographed fashion to get everything on the table at the right time. We ate, then we rested.

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November 28, 2014 0 comments Read More