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Winter Car Camping & Artist Point

Mt Baker
I had heard about Artist Point for over a year now, but because of the 3+ hr one way drive to get there, I haven't really felt the need to drive that far for a day hike. But last weekend, we found the perfect weather window to snowshoe Artist Point, then car camp that night nearby.

Location: Mt Baker Ski Area, Artist Point
Distance: 4 miles R/T
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Gear used: Snowshoes
Parking: no permit needed
Other Info: Dogs allowed

Cody and I left Seattle around 6:30 AM last Saturday and headed north to meet up with everyone. Sarina and Ryan were coming from Mt. Vernon, and Karen was driving herself, so we agreed to meet at the Wake N Bakery in Glacier, WA. Cody and I had actually been here before this past summer, and I remembered how cute it was! This past Saturday, this place was packed at 8:30 AM. I think everyone there that day were ski bums, snowboarders, and snowshoers ready for a day in the mountains, so the spirit was high and full of excitement! We grabb…

The $10 Christmas Tree

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
With Christmas just a few weeks away, Cody and I have been so busy with life, that we haven't had a chance to decorate for Christmas. Let alone, get a tree. So we saw this past weekend as a great opportunity to finally go get one! In the past I have gotten my Noble Firs from the local tree lot or Home Depot. But since I met Cody, he's introduced me to cutting down our own tree in the forest! I mean, is this even allowed in California?! To cut down a tree on federal land?? Well, it's legal in Washington! As long as you follow the rules!

How To Cut Your Own Tree Down for $10
Step One: Obtain Permit
We picked up our Christmas Tree permit from the ranger station at the REI Flagship Store a week before. The permit is $10. Yes, you can get a real Christmas tree for $10! Tree cutting season for 2017 is November 13th - January 5th. You can also pick up a permit from a plethora of other places found in this link.


Step Two: Decide on Location
We hea…

Fall Adventures: North Cascades

Washington Pass - view of Hwy 20 Trip date: October 14-15, 2017
Location: Maple Pass Loop, Lone Fir Campground, Washington Pass, & Blue Lake Trail in the North Cascades Dog Friendly: Yes to everything we did this weekend!
Sarina mentioned to me a month ago how she was planning a car camping weekend with our friend Caitlin in the North Cascades and invited me along. She mentioned doing two day hikes in the area and camping at Lone Fir Saturday night. I am always down for a car camping weekend, so I told her I’d probably join.
The Wednesday before the trip, I called the Methow Valley Ranger Station to get some of my questions answered… are Maple Pass, Blue Lake, and Lone Fir dog friendly? (Answer: yes to all) Is there snow on the ground at the campgrounds? (No) Is there running water? (No, meaning bring all your water) How much is the campsite per night? ($12/night) Etc. If you can’t find up-to-date info online for the area, or it’s unclear, call the ranger station! They always have usef…

Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp

Sunrise at Sahale Glacier Camp
I think I was just too busy this weekend, and my heart wasn't into it. With friends in town, planning Cody's birthday celebration, packing for this overnighter was literally the last thing on my mind. Plus we had just backpacked the weekend before, so most of my gear was still laying out, unorganized. Even when we started the hike up Cascade Pass, Cody even said he felt a little off.

Saturday night I haphazardly packed at midnight and just shoved everything that was laying out from the weekend before (ie sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes...) into my 58L backpack and called it a night. I did make a checklist on my phone of things that were missing that I needed to add the next morning before I left.... phone cord, walkie talkie, extra sleeping pad (so glad I grabbed it!), and what not. Following morning, Cody, Paul, and I hit the road for trailhead.

Trail leading up to Cascade Pass
Sarina, Amy, Catherine, and Karen had hit the trailhead 3 hours …