Goat Lake Loop with a Side Trip to Old Snowy

Goat Rocks Wilderness is a 105,600-acre alpine paradise in the southwestern part of the Cascade Mountain Range. An ancient volcano once towered over the landscape reaching the height of over 12,000 ft that… Continue reading

Welcome Pass – Excelsior Peak Traverse

If you crave supreme views of the North Cascades, Excelsior Peak is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. The vistas, including such icons as Mount Baker and Mount Skuksan, stretch all the way to… Continue reading

Pesto Tortellini

2 servings 7 oz (186g) shelf stable tortellini (such as DaVinci) 1 packet of olive oil (appr. 0.375 fl oz) 2 packets powdered pesto sauce mix (such as Simply Organic Sweet Basic Pesto)… Continue reading

GSI Outdoors Infinity Mug

Bought this mug to replace my titanium single wall one during winter trips to keep my beverages hot longer. Not a double wall but does it’s job just as well. We managed to… Continue reading

Tanks Lakes

The trail to Necklace Valley starts on a gentle grade gaining only about 600 feet in the first 5 miles as the path meanders through lush second-growth forest. In the spring and early… Continue reading

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

2 servings 150 g (5 oz) Pumpkin Pasta (found in Asian stores) or angel hair pasta 1 jar pumpkin sauce – dehydrated 75 g (2 – 3 oz) dehydrated vegetables (I like mix… Continue reading

Lake of Angels – Upper Lena Traverse

High above the lush green valley floor where deer come to drink from the waters of Hamma Hamma river there is a small alpine lake nestled among rugged peaks, talus fields and waterfalls.… Continue reading

Burroughs Mountain Loop

From the countless variety of day hikes Mount Rainier NP has to offer Burroughs Mountain is one of my favorites. Most people pay it a visit in the summertime when the drive to… Continue reading

Orcas Island

Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands in Washington State, is a popular tourist destination. Most of the island’s 57 square miles are rural and hilly, with curving roads that wind through… Continue reading

Blanca Lake

33 switchbacks through a second growth forest lead to a ridge and a sub alpine meadow and then the trail drops to a glacier fed lake. This is how in a very short… Continue reading