• Adventures,  Food Reviews,  Washington

    Rattlesnake Ledge & Dumplings

    If you’re looking for a relatively easy hike with a great reward near Seattle, Rattlesnake Ledge is for you. I had heard from several people, that it was a staple for Seattleites, and I now understand why. My traveling friends and I got up one Monday morning (well Helen had been awake all night at work, she’s a trooper) and made our way to Snoqualmie. It’s a relatively short drive from Seattle to get you in the wilderness and the hike is only 4 miles roundtrip with a constant gentle climb of about 1100ft to the top. Because of this, it can be a pretty busy hike apparently. Thankfully, a…

  • Adventures,  Washington

    Quarter of a Century

    Yesterday, I had my first birthday away from my family & friends. I’ve officially reached 25 years old. Although a relatively meaningless age, I think I’ve put more symbolism into it than most. It’s officially your middle twenties, halfway to fifty, a quarter of a century. It seems the first official “mature” birthday. I’m getting older now, more a true “adult” than a “young adult.” Which, I still question when I’m going to feel like that transition has been made. So I took the day to appreciate where I’m at in my life, and the symbolism behind it all. Every aspect of my life has already changed this year, but…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    Canyons & Arches

    Saturday. May 19 2018. Willow Springs Rd, Moab. I started the Druid Arch hike (11 miles) at 0845 and finished at 1325, it was a very nice hike with no crazy elevation changes until the very end, where it got fun with scrambling up a pile of rocks and a sketchy metal ladder. I have now seen an arch in every park but Zion. The Needles district of Canyonlands is not at all how I pictured it, the geography and rock formations are completely unique, and stand as spires towards the sky (hence the name of the district.) I was really proud of my time on my hike today, my…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    A Guy Named Bryce

    Thursday. May 17. 2018. Near Capitol Reef. Yesterday, I got to Bryce Canyon early in the morning and stopped by the visitor’s center to plan my day. I did have full intentions of hiking down into the hoodoos, but when I got to trailhead of the hike I was going to do, I opted out. My body was still just too worn out from the day before. Heck, I was limping down basic stairs because of my right knee and the two toenails I am going to lose. So I stuck with the ‘Around the Rim’ trail and saw the four viewpoints. Which they were definitely beautiful (although I would…

  • Adventures,  Utah

    The West Rim

    Monday. May 14 2018. Wildcat Canyon. It’s the morning, I figured I would write about yesterday before breakfast, since last night I was too tired both physically and mentally. I know the main reason was because I have not totally recovered from the 36 hours awake to get here, which thankfully last night I set up camp around 5 and was asleep by 7 at the latest. I even slept pretty well I believe. Thank goodness I packed melatonin; a night shift nurse’s best friend. My body is sore, but in the good way, like I have been putting in work. It is amazing what we can push our bodies…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Badlands National Park

    Tuesday. September 12, 2017. Bandlands National Park. We woke up this morning and hiked the Notch Trail, a 1.5 mile hike out and back to an overlook. It involved an old rickety ladder at one point, and is thus identified as a moderate to strenuous trail. That being the only taxing part of the trail, unless you are in the mood to climb on the steep and slippery rocks for a more exciting picture. The Bandlands are essentially a barren landscape that were formed by deposition and then erosion. You can see the different layers of the rocks, they are sharp and steep, and for the most part sturdy and…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Chips & Salsa on Black Elk Peak

    Monday. September 11, 2017. Badlands National Park. It stormed last night, so we woke up to a wet tent, wet stuff, and no desire to eat just muffins. So we went to Baker’s Bakery and Cafe in downtown Custer. They make all homemade bread, and Allyson gave a 10/10 to their gluten free toast (and even I did.) However, it ended up being a poor choice on my part to order a full meal; a very delicious breakfast burrito. Normally when eating out I take home half of my food as leftovers. However, living out of a cooler and a backpacking stove for a couple more days, it would have…

  • Adventures,  SD/Devil's Tower

    Devil’s Tower

    Friday. September 8, 2017. Wind Cave. Today we woke up late, 1000 here. I basically drowned on snot in the middle of the night and had to walk a decent trek to the bathroom, so I did not sleep well at all. It was nice to get some sleep finally, even broken rough sleep, but we fully intended on getting an earlier start hiking. It did not end up being too big of a deal though. It was hot on our hike up to and around the base of Devil’s Tower, but not unbearably so. Maybe due to my experience with a heat wave in Cali in June I have…