Tag Archive: outdoors

Westweg Day 1: Pforzheim – Birkenfeld

It can be said that the Westweg trail through Schwartzwald (Black Forest) is the origin of all German long-distance hiking trails, becoming the first designated path of its kind back in 1900. Since… Continue reading

TMB – Day 6: Les Contamines-Montjoie

And then the visibility got worse. After the most intense lightening storm swept over the village, the morning dawned wet and dreary. The clouds hanged low, concealing the mountains completely, even the village… Continue reading

TMB – Day 5: Les Houches – Les Contamines-Montjoie

If I was to nickname today’s section of our Tour du Mont Blanc adventure, it would have to be the procrastination stage. We planned to leave by 7:00 a.m. but the bed was… Continue reading

TMB – Day 2: Refuge Les Grands – Lac Blanc

During the night the wind visited us frequently, leaning into the tent, testing the structural soundness of the shelter. Morning then dawned surprisingly calm, except for occasional and rather unexpected gusts, one of… Continue reading

GR20 – Day 9 – Vizzavona to L’Onda

The distinctive scent of blooming elderflowers was quite pronounced as we were leaving the village in the morning. “Don’t you want to stay?” asked the breeze rustling through the bushes. “It’s so pleasantly… Continue reading

Snow Camping in Paradise

Winter is over, I realized as I bent down to photograph a blooming Trillium during one of my most recent ventures. Trilliums here in the Pacific Northwest signal more sunshine. Longer days. Beginning… Continue reading

5/30/17 – Hiker Town

Day 37 Miles: 508 to 517 The trail finally dropped us on the desert floor today. It did so in a course of 10 miles during which we had a chance to witness… Continue reading

Skyscraper Mountain

On my drive to Sunrise the nature teases me with a beautiful view of Mount Rainier. Soft clouds rise from the valley and the sun filters through them. It’s a picture perfect morning.… Continue reading

South Sister Cloud Show

“I really hope we can go backpacking this weekend,” I say as I flip through weather forecast for four or five destinations we had on mind. The prognosis is not good. Summer seems… Continue reading

Tuck & Robin & Granite Mountain

It’s the last weekend of August, technically still summer but high in the Cascade Mountains the meadows are already dressed in the color of autumn and the morning air is crisp and it… Continue reading