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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Clearly, I lived in Los Angeles for too long (2.5 years!), because at 58 degrees today in Portland, I feel cold. Luckily, I have a fleece hat, tea and writing to get me through (and yes, I realize that 58 degrees isn’t THAT cold). As someone who absolutely despises hot weather, I’ve really been looking forward to the cooling temperatures of fall, and it seems like we might be getting there! In… Read More

And it was awesome! And five days later, I’m finally not sore anymore. Despite the soreness, the sweat, and the alpine start (I’m not a morning person), it was totally worth it.

(If you happen to live in the Portland area, or are wandering through) Check out my newest write-up on hiking to beautiful Triple Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. The title is a bit misleading, because you in fact see a total of FOUR waterfalls. You also see some of the most amazing moss you’ll ever encounter. As you can see, really really loving it here. Also of note: you probably didn’t… Read More

(Note: I’m so proud of myself for this title). Happy weekend! You made it. Hopefully many of you are already out on the trails, enjoying a much needed long weekend (and maybe a few blisters too). Personally, I did my usual “I didn’t bother to plan ahead for the holiday weekend thing,” so I’m taking the opportunity to spend this lovely weekend working on an exciting and unrelated-to-the-outdoors freelance project (maybe I’ll tell you… Read More

Just a quick note on this Friday: I’m super happy to share that I have a guide to Backpacking in Point Reyes National Seashore up on Modern Hiker. It’s a REALLY great loop, and only 30 miles from San Francisco. So, what’s not to like. It’s a magical place, full of greenery, birds, flowers, nearly empty beaches and awesome coastal views: In fact, I wish I was there right now….  

This year, I decided I would FINALLY learn to sleep while camping. It was a long time coming. As I chronicled (extensively) in a few posts over the last 6 months, I’ve had trouble, so much trouble, sleeping comfortably while backpacking. Since my earliest camping memory, I’ve experienced post-sunset night time dread, imagining the forest coming to life around my vulnerable sleeping body. On top of this, would be the inevitable numb… Read More

Recently, Allison Nadler over at Trail to Summit published an excellent article with 10 tips for anyone taking part in an online hiking community. For the most part, I agree with almost every point she makes, and as someone who regularly visits these communities, it was nice to see someone voice some of the thoughts that I’ve also had. While I love the internet (hence that I can write things on here… Read More

When I was in school, or working full-time, this was a typical scenario in my household: Me: “Oh hey, I just realized that next week is labor day weekend, so I have 3 days off. We should maybe do something” Husband: “Cool, let’s do that. What should we do?” Me: “Well, all the places I wanted to go require permits, and those were booked up 6 months ago. So, we can drive… Read More

Earlier this summer, in between my move from Los Angeles to Portland, I got to spend an entire month living in my northern California hometown (i.e saving some money while taking my first real break from work in almost a year). I even got to stay in the house I grew up in while sleeping in the same room I had for most of elementary and middle school. For some this might sound like… Read More