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PNWOW: Mt Rainier Snow Camping

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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

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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…

MLK Weekend in LA (Rocky Peak, Veterans Park, & Claremont 5 Mile Loop)

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Rocky Peak at sunrise Dates traveled: 1/12/18-1/15/18
I found out a couple months ago that my friends Melanie and Ken, who live in Germany, were going to be in California December/January, and knew I had to fly down to LA to see them! A quick check of my Alaska miles, and saw I had enough points for a free ticket, flight instantly booked! I also reserved a car on Priceline.com for the weekend when I booked my flight. Which I like doing that on Priceline.com because you don’t have to pay ahead of time, and can pay the day you get the car; but then a few weeks prior I checked Costco Travel, and found a cheaper car rental through them! So I canceled my Priceline reservation and went with Costco, free cancellations too! ($100 for 4 day car rental, tax included. Costco Travel also offers free reservations, pay at time you get car)
The week before my trip, I messaged Mel & Ken, and asked if they would want to go on some runs with me since I am currently training for a 15K. The response…