Ebey’s Landing Hike


“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

Noble Knob

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Ben and I drove up to Noble Knob last Saturday for a fall hike with our dog Kai. The weather was perfect and the views on the hike were great. (Though I recommend a sturdy car for the pot-holed dirt road leading to the trailhead! It about did us in.)

We haven’t gotten out for hiking and camping nearly as much this summer and fall, mostly because of busy/clashing work schedules that really limit our free time together, so it’s extra great when we do have time for a fall outing. Since getting Kai in March we’ve also focused more on hiking in state parks and national forests where dogs are allowed, though we still love visiting and supporting our nearby National Parks.







IMG_8251^”Back-seat” driver^


Bridal Veil Falls/Lake Serene

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Ben and I hiked to Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Serene last Saturday. It was a gorgeous 8ish-mile roundtrip hike that we specifically picked because dogs are allowed, and bonus that it turned out to be gorgeous. You can’t really go wrong with a waterfall and an alpine lake, can you?

Kai had a great time and kept right up with us! He was actually kind of our pacesetter. I would guestimate that 75% of people on the trail stopped us to ask about Kai or pet him and he’s great with everyone, including other dogs. My favorite is when cute little kids ask to pet our puppy. He gets petted and poked and loved and is super gentle with everyone. We end up talking to way more people on the trail (and life in general) because of little Kai. He’s a conversation-starter for sure.

We also have a lot of people volunteer to take a picture of “the three of you” which I think is kind of adorable. Our little family 🙂

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IMG_6729^Kai testing out the Lake Serene water—my favorite of him from the hike. He has so much personality.^

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Happy trails! YellowElmsignature

Duckabush River Camping

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The weather and our schedules finally provided Ben and me a window for our first backpacking trip of 2014. We chose the Duckabush River Trail on the Olympic Peninsula.

It was as green, drizzly, and magical as any early spring camping trip in one of the rainiest regions of the country should be. The moss-filled path was dotted with wildflowers and filled with a million vibrant greens.




We pitched our tent right by the river and managed to get a cozy fire going despite the dampness.

Camping is such a great way to get back to the simplicity of life. Your time in the woods is consumed with meeting basic needs like food, water, and shelter. You fall asleep when it gets dark and wake up with the sun. In our always-connected world it’s even more important to spend time away, focusing on the essentials—no cell phone, no social media, no TV.








Have you been camping yet this year? Do you plan to go? Take it from a non-outdoorsy girl it’s worth a try!