Adventures on the Olympic Peninsula

Top of Mt Storm King overlooking Lake Crescent
I have been so busy these past 2 months, I haven’t had time to sit down and write a full blog post. My last post was about snow camping that happened in beginning of March. Since then, I backpacked Ancient Lakes a couple weeks later for our annual spring backpacking trip (I was planning on doing a write up on this, but decided against it. It was our 3rd trek out there, so if you want more info, read my previous 2 blog posts about the area here), and then April kicked off my month of “too many trips planned”.
Don’t get me wrong, each trip was a blast and I loved visiting all the places I went, but traveling takes a toll on your body, especially with the extreme time differences! Within 3 weeks I traveled to Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Idaho. I spent the first week of April in Hawaii celebrating my big 3-0. Then 6 days later I flew to Hong Kong for a week to hang out with my mom for her birthday; and less than 48 hours after I landed from Hong …

PNWOW: Mt Rainier Snow Camping

Mt. Rainier on a blue bird day   Last weekend, I went snow camping again with the PNW Outdoor Women’s group (PNWOW). I went last winter and had such an amazing time; I signed myself up again for it this year. This time around, I brought along my friend Kaelee! She had never been snow camping before, and last time she went camping with me, she was miserably cold… so not sure why she agreed to go with me this time, but I am glad she did! (Read about her experience here.)

The Thursday and Friday before our trip, I spent time prepping and packing after work. Thursday, I picked up snow socks (similar to tire chains) for Kaelee’s Subaru since Mt Rainier National Park requires you to have tire traction in the winter, even if you have AWD/4WD, and Friday I picked up an America the Beautiful pass (aka annual national park pass), since the one I had been using expired. Both items are on the pricier side, but worth it.

Tire socks ran us about $100, we got them from Les Schwab though, and the…

Hiking & Camping on the Dry Side of Washington

Photo courtesy of @hiker_katherine Caitlin mentioned to me in January that her hubs had the last weekend of February off and was interested in camping that weekend. I told her I didn't have any plans yet and to count me in! At that time location was dependent on weather, Caitlin was looking all over the state, from hitting up the coast to snow camping. As the weekend approached, weather was looking like rain and snow everywhere around Seattle, so she decided going east was best. There always seems to be sunshine east of the mountains! So east we went! 
Throughout the week, we ended up rounding up a group of 9 people to head east. 7 of us stayed and camped for the night, while 2 of our friends just drove out for the day to hike with us. (Smart thinking for just day hiking after what we went through haha) Going over the pass Dates Hiked & Camped: February 24-25, 2018 Hike Location:Hanford ReachNational Monument in Mattawa, WA Miles Hiked: 5.7 miles Elevation Gained: 500 ft Campground Ca…