Lake Valhalla

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Camping at Lake Valhalla

Central Cascades, Washington State

It’s hard to believe the summer is coming to a close. Ben, Kai and I had one last camping adventure in August, and it turned out to be my favorite camping spot of the whole summer.

We hiked in 3.5 miles to Lake Valhalla, along the Pacific Crest Trail, intending to pick a campsite, drop our packs, and hike up to the summit of nearby Mt. McCausland.  Continue reading

Tips for Planning a Last-Minute Camping Trip

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Upper Dungeness River Trail, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

The beginning of this summer seems to be themed “last-minute camping trips.” We haven’t planned much ahead and limit ourselves to walk-in backpacking sites that are dog-friendly and don’t require extra permits or reservations.

Ben and I have made a point to plan ahead a little more for our weekends in August, but for now I’m embracing the spontaneous camping choices we’ve made. I’ve shared some tips for planning a last-minute camping trip at the end of this post.  Continue reading

Ebey’s Landing Hike

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“Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.” -Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses Continue reading