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Canada: Backpacking Garibaldi Lake to Panorama Ridge

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Staying in a Fire Lookout

The Fire Lookout at sunset
Location: A Fire Lookout in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Miles Hiked: 8.5 miles R/T
Elevation Gain: 3300 ft

Sarina applied for a Fire Lookout Stewardship and got selected to spend two nights at a fire lookout this summer. Part of this stewardship was to go to a 3 hour long Saturday class at the Search and Rescue Headquarters for Snohomish County and get educated about the history of the lookout, what to do in case of emergencies, and what to do while staying at the lookout. The fire lookout we stayed at is not open to the public to stay in and is considered an administrative site for the Forest Service. As volunteers, we were to be a point of contact to the public to educate them about the lookout, and to help maintain the fire lookout in general.

Sarina invited me along for this trip, and I am so glad I went! I attended the class with her, and got educated about the history of the lookout, how it was inaccessible for a few years due to flooding a…

California Road Trip: Yosemite National Park

Tunnel View
So Cody and my journey to Yosemite National Park started 4 days before we got to the park. We planned out a week long road trip that included attending a wedding for my colleges friends, and on our way back up, we would swing by and camp in Yosemite for 3 nights before driving the rest of the leg back to Seattle.

4 Days Before Yosemite
Cody and I packed up the truck and hit the road on Wednesday June 27. While packing the truck, Cody was worried with how much stuff we were taking, and of course, I told him not to worry about it, we would figure it out! We had to pack for a 2 part trip afterall, part 1 was for the wedding, and part 2 was for car camping. So a lot of luggage was involved. His worry was the fact that, on our way back, we were bringing 2 more people back with us, and they had luggage too... it's ok, I am not the type to stress about these things, as I happily loaded the car with 2 full sized pillows lol.

Our 1st destination was Ojai, CA, but my friends, Al…