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This page contains all our blog posts in chronological order. You can pick a topic from our menu. Or you can just start where ever you like and read all our posts! We’ve been branching out a bit lately, with some vlogs on the Tube also. It’s kind of a work in progress and we’re sure learning a ton as we go along. Who knew all this writing and videoing could be so fun for us and yet also challenging. We’re growing and we hope you grow along with us! Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to read about or see a video about and we’ll do our best to get something in the works. Send us a note here, because we sure do like hearing from our readers. We kind of see this website as an interactive place where we can learn from you and maybe you can learn from us. And if you don’t learn something new, then hopefully we can simply entertain you for a little bit.
We both feel pretty lucky to be spending this portion of our lives exploring the world around us. It’s been a crazy last year with Covid 19, but we just keep doing our thing. Our marriage and our friendship has grown as we’ve spent so much time together. It’s been interesting to see as we are pretty nomadic right now and we weren’t sure how our relationship would fair being in such close proximity day in and day out. We’ve traveled around the world and back in the past couple years, both figuratively and literally. Seems like it’s mostly working out for us, as you can read for yourself below! We hope you enjoy exploring with us! And you know, if you really like what we’re doing, we’d love having your support too. Check us out on Patreon, where you can sign up to put a gallon of diesel in our truck camper! We appreciate you!
Where to Stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Knowing where to stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, gives you the best visit to this beautiful temple and night market-filled Old City.
Ta Prohm & Small Circuit: Angkor Wat’s Temples
Ta Prohm & Small Circuit temples offer a sight into Angkor Wat’s splendor. It is jungle trying to retake buildings & tree roots topple stone.
Five Best Things To Do in Siem Reap
Five best things to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia include visits to Angkor Wat, Pub Street, cooking class, market shopping and floating village.
Angkor Thom & Bayon: Cambodia’s Gems
Angkor Thom & Bayon Temple are great to visit early in the morning. The rising sun shines on Bayon faces bringing them to life. So peaceful.
The Killing Fields – Cambodia
Visit SE Asia’s Cheung Ek Killing Fields in Phenom Penh, Cambodia. Dark tourism spot reminds us we need peace & forgiveness, instead of war.
Angkor Wat’s Grand Circuit: A Visitor’s Guide
Angkor Wat’s Grand Circuit is one of the world’s most amazing places. The temples, the Banyon trees, the mystery. It’s all there to explore!
What Is Angkor Wat?
Angkor Wat is an amazing temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It’s the world’s largest religious monument, built over several centuries.
Tonle Sap Floating Village, Cambodia Tour
Visit the Tonle Sap Floating Village in Cambodia. SE Asia’s largest freshwater lake & one of the world’s richest inland fishing grounds.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum – S21
Touring the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a must-do for anyone visiting Phenom Penh, Cambodia. We learn from history and honor the dead.
Visit Cambodia: Start Here!
Visit Cambodia during the dry months to experience the best this country offers. From Angkor Wat temple tours to Pub Street: all the details.
Summer Project Wrap-up
Here’s our summer project wrap-up as we come to the end of the season. We made some improvements to Cupcake and even reduced our expenses.
Kayaking at Merrill Lake in Cougar, Washington
Kayaking at Merrill Lake in Cougar, Washington makes for a day in paradise. Come along for all the info: directions, cost, & highlights.
How To Reseal Your RV’s Exterior
Learn how to reseal your RV’s exterior. Scrape, clean, repeat. Then reseal with RV grade caulk or sealant. Here is all you need to know.
Freelance Work As Full Time RVers
Getting freelance work takes a lot of hustling. Pitching to new employers takes time. Here’s how we find new jobs & stay engaged in writing.
Coming Home When You’re Houseless
Coming home is so fulfilling. We see family & friends. We feel love! But what happens when coming home is hard too? Looking at both sides.
10 Easy Camping Meals
10 easy camping meals to get you out enjoying nature. Prep at home, cook in camp. RV or tent camping, these family meals are easy & delicious!
What does it cost to live full time in an RV?
We budget ~$4000/month as our cost to live full time in an RV. But we know RVers who spend from $1200 to $6000. RV costs vary so let’s see!
How do you get Mail as a Full time RVer?
How you get mail as a full time RVer is as tailored as you need it to be. From family help to paid services, we’ll explore it. Start here!
Suspension Modifications for Our Truck Camper
Suspension modifications are necessary to haul truck campers. Our heavy camper means our truck needs a high payload capacity. See the options!
PCT Finishers medal
2652 miles is a very long distance to hike with a heavy load.
5 Best Cocktails to drink around a Campfire
My list of 5 best cocktails to drink around a campfire! As fulltime RV’ers, we enjoy a fire & good drink while stargazing. Cheers friends!
Truck Camper Adventure Rally: Quartzsite, Arizona
The Truck Camper Rally in Quartzsite, Arizona more than met our expectations! We met great people, learned a ton & toured truck campers.
Cupcake Chronicles Commercial
Cupcake Chronicles made a commercial! Okay, well, technically, Steve made it, but I think it's super fun so click the link and watch our short video. While you're there, don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. It's just a fun little short that tells what our...
Boondocking in Yuma, Arizona
We’re boondocking in Yuma Arizona. We had a flat tire, brake issues, a little electricity zap & an electrical issue on the truck camper.
Is the Corn Palace worth visiting?
Is the Corn Palace worth visiting? Yes! It’s one of South Dakota’s most fun stops. Murals made of corn, fresh popped corn & a live corn cam!
5 great things about Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park near South Dakota’s Black Hills is full of beauty and mystery and wind! Here are 5 great things about the Badlands.
Best Visit in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
Have your best visit in Wind Cave National Park. South Dakota continues to deliver exciting experiences. Caves, bison, prairie dogs & hiking!
South Dakota’s must see destination Wall Drug
South Dakota’s must see destination Wall Drug had me on the edge of my seat for miles & miles till we finally arrived. It’s quirky & awesome!
Top 3 favorites in Fargo, North Dakota
Our top 3 favorites in Fargo, North Dakota include great food, a Viking ship that actually sailed to Norway and a Walk of Fame. Visit Fargo!
Making Kombucha in Florida (Hipcamp)
We stay at Doc Judy’s Beulah Bee Orchard (Hipcamp) and spend the afternoon learning to make kombucha. What a treat! Learn with us, yummy!
Visiting Llama Land (Hipcamp) in Tool, Texas
Visiting Llama Land (Hipcamp) in Tool, Texas is a highlight for us! Camping in a field, feeding llamas and meeting an awesome cat! Let’s go!
Willkommen Welcome, Come on in
Willkommen Welcome, Come on in! Our website is kind of like our home. So come in, put your feet up, drink some coffee and stay awhile!
South Dakota’s Monuments: Mt Rushmore & Crazy Horse
South Dakota’s Monuments are breath taking, amazing & super fun! Visit Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial & a giant Smokey the Bear & Bigfoot.
Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog’s Day
Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog’s Day go hand in hand. This cute little creature who lives forever & predicts weather?! We had to go see him!
5 best spots in Frankenmuth, Michigan: Christmas town!
The 5 best spots in Frankenmuth Michigan took us on a walking tour of eating, shopping & admiring the world’s largest Christmas store!
SE Utah Roadtrip
Our SE Utah roadtrip literally blew us away! From dinosaur tracks to Arches to backpacking in Canyonlands, we fell in love with this area!
Southwest Colorado Roadtrip
Take a Southwest Colorado roadtrip in 3 weeks. Get all the details for boondocking, RV parks and sites to see. National Parks & nature await!
Northern Black Hills of South Dakota
Traveling the Northern Black Hills of South Dakota in October is full of colorful leaves, friendly locals & lots of wild animals! Come along!
Wyoming Visit: Sheridan, Gillette & Sundance
A Wyoming visit includes friends, chainsaw carvings & jailtime with The Sundance Kid. Come along as we explore Sheridan, Gillette & Sundance.
Devils Tower (Bear Lodge) Wyoming
Devils Tower (Bear Lodge) stands tall out of Wyoming’s prairie. A sacred place; great for climbing & walking. It’s beauty lured us for miles.
Mushroom hunting In Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mushroom hunting has been on our bucket list and we finally got to go. Gifford Pinchot National Forest is the perfect mushroom picking place.
Climbing Mt St Helens – Crater Summit
Climbing Mt St Helens is strenuous, but not technical. Forest trail, boulder climbs & a vertical beach! The crater summit is the hike payoff!
5 Best Stops in Pendleton, Oregon
Here are the 5 best stops in Pendleton, Oregon. It’s a beautiful, sunny town of artisans, cowboys & outdoor happiness. Come along for a tour!
Solo Female Truck Camping Tips
Get solo female truck camper tips here! After spending the summer in our Artic Fox 990, I share safety & general tips for other solo females.
Dead batteries in the truck camper
Dead batteries in the truck camper were my biggest challenge while solo traveling this summer. The help of strangers kept me on the road!
Day 258: The end of the trail
Day:258 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1954 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2620 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 623Miles hiked today: 24.9Elevation: 6051 High/low temp/humidity: 70/52/10 Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: EUSA So here we are, you...
Day 257: Almost there…
Day:257 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1925 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2580 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 578Miles hiked today: 14.9Elevation: 9047 High/low temp/humidity: 70/52/10 Spinning on the turntable: Cowboy Junkies: The Trinity Session I'm...
Day 256: Pain in my ass Pass
Day:256 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1910 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2580 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 563Miles hiked today: 17Elevation: 9966 High/low temp/humidity: 64/46/10 Spinning on the turntable: Post Malone: Hollywood's Bleeding Oh my word it...
Day 255: Guyot Pass
Day:255 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1894 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2563 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 546Miles hiked today: 11.1Elevation: 9822 High/low temp/humidity: 63/45/20 Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: Kerber OK, Forester Pass...
Day 254: Forester Pass
Day:254 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1883 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2552 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 535Miles hiked today: 13.1Elevation: 10353 High/low temp/humidity: 70/51/25 Spinning on the turntable: The Struts: Everybody wants Peak...
Day 253: Kearsarge Pass (again)
Day:253 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1869.6 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2539 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 522Miles hiked today: 10.9Elevation: 10640 High/low temp/humidity: 70/51/25 Spinning on the turntable: The Struts: Everybody wants Well I...
PCT: Day 248: Glen Pass & Kearsarge Pass
Day:248Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1865Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2528Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 511Miles hiked today: 14.6Elevation: 10747High/low temp/humidity: 70/50/25Spinning on the turntable: The Struts: Everybody WantsToday is my moms 85th...
PCT: Day 247: pinchot Pass
Day:247Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1856Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2513Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 496Miles hiked today: 14.35Elevation: 9495High/low temp/humidity: 70/50/25Spinning on the turntable: Bruce Springsteen:We shall overcome The climb to...
PCT: Day 246: Mather Pass
Day:246Direction: SouthboundTrail location: Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: Cumulative miles hiked 2021: Miles hiked today: Elevation: High/low temp/humidity: Spinning on the turntable: My feet are really bothering me. My left big toe is now making a clicking noise...
PCT: Day 245: Muir Pass: Day 2
Day:245Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1827Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2484Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 467Miles hiked today: 14.46Elevation: 8383High/low temp/humidity: 70/46/40Spinning on the turntable: Pearl Jam: Gigaton It's very cold this morning, my...
PCT: Day 244: Muir Pass: Day 1
Day:244Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1813Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2470Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 453Miles hiked today: 11.59Elevation: 11454High/low temp/humidity: 60/39/60Spinning on the turntable: George Harrison: Let it roll Today is a climbing...
PCT: Day 243: Selden Pass
Day:243Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1801Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2458Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 414Miles hiked today: 15.77Elevation: 8594High/low temp/humidity: 80/35/35Spinning on the turntable: It's was cold this morning, so I broke out both my...
PCT: Day 242: leaving Vermilion Valley Resort
Day:242Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1785.4Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2443Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 426Miles hiked today: 13Elevation: 10010High/low temp/humidity: 67/49/40Spinning on the turntable: 10000 Maniacs: Playing favorite The bill for my time...
PCT: Day 241: Vermilion Valley Resort
Day: 241Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1779Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2429Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 413Miles hiked today: 9Elevation: 9309High/low temp/humidity: 67/49/40Spinning on the turntable: Jenny Lin: Glass: Piano worksThis morning I again...
PCT: Day 240: Silver Pass
Day: 240Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1772Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2420Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 403Miles hiked today: 12.5Elevation: 9309High/low temp/humidity: 80/54/40Spinning on the turntable: 10,000 Maniacs: UnpluggedI was amused last night in...
PCT: Day 239: Climbing
Day: 239Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1760Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2408Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 391Miles hiked today: 13Elevation: 9981High/low temp/humidity: 80/54/40Spinning on the turntable: Jeremy Robinson: Infinite 2 The morning started with...
PCT: Day 237: Going nowhere fast
Day: 237Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1747Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2395Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 378Miles hiked today: 12.3Elevation: 7597High/low temp/humidity: 55/83/70Spinning on the turntable: Baltic Sea Philharmonic: Richter: ExilesThis morning...
PCT: Day 236: Donahue Pass
Day: 236Direction: SouthboundTrail location: 1737.7Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2383Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 366Miles hiked today: 14.7Elevation: 8774High/low temp/humidity: 67/53/70Spinning on the turntable: Billie Ellish: Happier than everI made an early...
Big Agnes Sidney Sleeping Bag SL 25 (petite) Review
The Big Agnes Sidney sleeping bag works great as a light-weight bag for backpacking. It packs small and keeps me plenty warm. Read my review.
PCT: Day 235
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1724 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2368 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 352Miles hiked today: 11.9Elevation: 10513 High/low temp/humidity: 83/49/55 Spinning on the turntable: U2: All that you can’t leave behind: 20th...
PCT: Day 233: Tuolumne Falls
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1711.1 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2356 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 339Miles hiked today: 13.4Elevation: 8599High/low temp/humidity: 73/40/20 Spinning on the turntable: Peter Gabriel: Growing up Live Four lanes The...
PCT: Day 232: Benson Pass
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1687 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2342 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 326Miles hiked today: 12.4Elevation: 8543 High/low temp/humidity: 69/49/20 Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Live in Beunos Aires This morning began...
PCT: Day 231
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1675 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2330 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 314Miles hiked today: 9.5Elevation: 9265High/low temp/humidity: 74/40/30 Spinning on the turntable: Peter, Paul and Mary: The very best OK, today I...
PCT: Day 230: A tale of two titties
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1675 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2320 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 304Miles hiked today: 12Elevation: 8430 High/low temp/humidity: 74/40/30 Spinning on the turntable: Pearl Jam: 20 It's cold this morning when I wake...
PCT:Day 229: Entering Yosemite
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1663 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2308 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 292Miles hiked today: 13.9Elevation: 8020 High/low temp humidity: 65/46/20 Spinning on the turntable: Peter Himmelman: Press On Here! I punched into Yosemite...
PCT: Day 228
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1649.7 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2295 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 278Miles hiked today: 13.09Elevation: 8587High/low temp/humidity: 72/51/20 Spinning on the turntable: P!NK: All I know so far I Started the day with...
PCT support team of one – NorCal & Sierras
Similar to 2019, I’m again the PCT support team of one for Steve. It’s a pretty fair gig! I read a lot, drive some & see my favorite hiker.
PCT: 2021: 30 days in: Proof of life
I thought I'd give you a quick breakdown from the past 30 days on the trail. What's working out OK, and what's not working out so well? (Hopefully!) I explained in a prior post that I didn't want to spend a bleeding nickel this year on gear if I absolutely didn't need...
PCT: Day 224: The end of Northern California
Day: 224 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1554 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2273 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 257 Miles hiked today: 10.25 Elevation: 8123 High/low temp humidity: 65/55/40 Spinning on the turntable: Tove Lo: Sunshine Kitty A short hop Today...
PCT: Day 223
Day: 223 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1554 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2273 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 257 Miles hiked today: 10.25 Elevation: 8123 High/low temp humidity: 65/55/40 Spinning on the turntable: LP: Live in Moscow Feed me! I hit snooze a...
PCT: Day 222
Day: 222 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1544 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2263 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 246 Miles hiked today: 15.29 Elevation: 7980 High/low temp humidity: 69/59/50 Spinning on the turntable: Grouplove: Healer It's again very humid...
PCT: Day 221
Day: 221 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1528 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2248 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 231 Miles hiked today: 12.67 Elevation: 7660 High/low temp humidity: 75/55/rain Spinning on the turntable: AC/DC Live at the River Plate It's very...
PCT: Day 220:Truckee
Day: 220 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1516 Cumulative miles hiked 2019/2021: 2235 Cumulative miles hiked 2021: 218 Miles hiked today: 15.5 Elevation: 7259 High/low temp humidity: 76/54/27 Spinning on the turntable: Greta Van Fleet: The Battle at Garden’s Gate...
PCT:Day 216: The smoke!
Day: 216 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1500 Cumulative miles hiked: 2220 Miles hiked today: 15.7 Elevation: 6708 High/low temp humidity: 86/58/20 Spinning on the turntable: Keane: Cause and Effect . Wow! It is SMOKEY today. There's a fire burning to the...
PCT:Day 215: Tux
Day: 215 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1485 Cumulative miles hiked: 2204 Miles hiked today: 15.63 Elevation: 8049 High/low temp humidity: 84/62/20 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon This morning I'm starting off early with the...
PCT:Day 214: Slack packing
Day: 214 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1470 Cumulative miles hiked: 2189 Miles hiked today: 11.8 Elevation: 6000 High/low temp humidity: Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon Today I had expectations that I would fly up and down...
PCT:Day 213: Shake it baby!
Day: 213 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1458 Cumulative miles hiked: 2178 Miles hiked today: 12.29 Elevation: 4661 High/low temp humidity: 85/58/15 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon This morning began with a four mile uphill...
PCT:Day 212: Trail magic
Day: 212 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1446 Cumulative miles hiked: 2165 Miles hiked today: 12.35 Elevation: 6557 High/low temp humidity: 89/61/20 Spinning on the turntable: Richard K. Morgan: Altered Carbon Feeling rebellious this morning I opted to drink...
PCT: Day 211: Going back for wilson
Day: 211 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1433 Cumulative miles hiked: 2153 Miles hiked today: 15.14 Elevation: 6557High/low temp humidity: 89/57/15 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Joel: Live through the years Each day on the trail I tell myself that tomorrow...
PCT: Day 210: Fire Burnout
Day: 210 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1418 Cumulative miles hiked: 2148 Miles hiked today: 14.82 Elevation: 6455 High/low temp humidity: Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Everyday Life Hiking through a burnout section isn’t the most exciting thing in the...
PCT: Day 209
Day: 209 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1403 Cumulative miles hiked: 2134 Miles hiked today: 13.74 Elevation: 3031 High/low temp humidity: 89/57/15 Spinning on the turntable: Diana Krall: Sunflower The trail behind me (North) has been closed due to a forest...
PCT: Day 208: Slackpackimg
Day: 208 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1390 Cumulative miles hiked: 2109 Miles hiked today: 4.49 Elevation: 5566 High/low temp/Humidity : 77/53/15 Spinning on the turntable: Glen Campbell: Live at the Royal festival hall Today was a easy slack pack kind of...
PCT: Day 206: Reunited
Day: 206 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1385.7 Cumulative miles hiked: 2105 Miles hiked today: 8.41 Elevation: 5518 High/low temp/humidity : 77/57/20 Spinning on the turntable: Morrisey: I am not a dog on a chain My home for a night Today I’m headed into Quincy...
PCT: Day 205: That’s a mighty big hill
Day: 205 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1367.8 Cumulative miles hiked: 2096 Miles hiked today: 10.43 Elevation: 6644 High/low temp/humidity : 82/59/10 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: No need to argue I spent yesterday preparing for the hike today....
PCT: Day 203: The heat!
It’s really hot and I’m really hungry on this stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail. Making a stop in Belden to add snacks and hot food!
PCT: Day 202: Dang these nipples!
The Pacific Crest Trail brings rattlesnakes, sore nipples, face plants to bend hiking poles & even a blessed soak in a creek!
PCT: Day 201: Trail Magic
Trail magic is a wonderful thing to behold!
PCT: Day 200: Mourning an easier hike
Today I reached the official half way point marker on the Pacific Crest Trail. From here, it’s 1325 miles to Canada or to Mexico.
PCT: Day 199: Going solo
I’m back on the Pacific Crest Trail, headed south as a solo hiker. It wasn’t our plan, we thought Noelle would continue hiking. It just is.
Day 196 1/2?
Noelle here: Over the last few days I’ve taken two regional buses and three Greyhound buses to get within an hour of some friends, where they picked me up. I don’t know what I was thinking and why I forgot about airplanes. But I guess because I had to take the little...
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1303.3 Cumulative miles hiked: 2042 Miles hiked today: 6.58 Elevation: 5400 High/low temp/humidity : 89/62/20 Spinning on the turntable: Noelle here: Today’s hiking was a lot better for me! We discovered the keys: bear, cool...
Capitol Reef National Park: Earth & Sky!
Capitol Reef National Park is one of Utah’s Mighty 5. It beckons travelers to huge domed rocks, petroglyphs & land before time. Earth & sky!
Day: 195 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1297.6 Cumulative miles hiked: 2035 Miles hiked today: 6.58 Elevation: 6626 High/low temp/humidity : 89/62/20 Spinning on the turntable: Toby Mac: Eye on it I wish I could say that today was a better day for hiking for...
PCT: Day 194
Day: 194 Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1291 Cumulative miles hiked: 2029 Miles hiked today: 4.6 Elevation: 6231 High/low temp/humidity 89/62/25 Spinning on the turntable: Young the Giant: Young the Giant 10th anniversary Today was not a good hiking day for...
Thru-hiking with Sleep apnea
Hiking with sleep apnea is challenging. Here are the ways I tried to combat it, while still keeping my back pack light. Here’s how to hike with sleep apnea devices while backpacking.
PCT: Day 193
Direction: Southbound Trail location: 1284.9 Cumulative miles hiked: 2024 Miles hiked today: 7.97 Elevation: 4912’ High/low temp/humidity : 85/59/25 Spinning on the turntable: Bruce Springsteen: Letter to you Our friends Mark/Claire drove down to Old Station from...
How it feels to be Unemployed for Two Years
The end of March signaled the two year mark of quitting our jobs and beginning this nomad lifestyle. So, it seems appropriate to take a few minutes to explore how it feels to be unemployed for two years. Noelle here, by the way. This will be a short post. It feels...
It’s a wind storm!
We weren't quite prepared for a wind storm in the truck camper so we engaged the truck camper jacks for the first time to attempt to steady the camper. We have these discussions occasionally; "Can the truck camper turn over, or flip over, in the wind?" This was our...
Pacific Crest Trail: Act 2
Pacific Crest Trail: Act 2 is about the Sierra Mountain Range & John Muir Trail. Our backpacks are loaded & we’re ready. July 1st is the day!
5 best things in Moab, Utah: Come Visit!
Here are our top 5 best things in Moab! Boondocking, eating, shopping and dinosaurs. Moab has something for everyone. Come along & adventure!
Hiking with dinosaurs
This week we're hiking near Moab Utah and we've been avoiding the big National Parks (thus far). We're boon docking in a very dusty BLM spot outside Arches National Park and having a great time! The crowds are thin, the day time heat is intense, but the sights are...
Arches National Park: The Best Sites!
Arches National Park lives up to the hype! It’s rugged & beautiful with lots of hiking. Go early in the morning for great sites & no crowds.
Daikon Radish steaks and a lack of propane
This week we're taking a whack at a vegan recipe for daikon radish "steaks" and managing to run out of propane. Somehow, this wasn't how we imagined our week would play out, but hey, we can roll with it. I'm not sure which was more unpleasant though, the lack of...
Backpacking in Canyonlands: Come Explore!
Backpacking in Canyonlands offers a new level of exploration. It’s rugged & hot! Alcove Spring trail challenges & rewards with beauty. C’mon!
Cupcake modification based on viewer feedback
One of the really fun things about sharing our journey with you has been the feedback we receive. The YouTube Gods have been smiling upon us lately and our YouTube channel has about 55k views, and our videos are closing in on 18k views. Thank you! This week we're...
Canyonlands National Park: Hiker’s Paradise
Canyonlands National Park is part of Utah’s Mighty 5. It’s a bit less crowded than nearby Arches, with all the beauty. Come hike and explore!
Mesa Verde National Park
All the best touring and hiking through Mesa Verde National Park through sunshine, rain, wind and snow. It’s hard to not love this park!
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a National Park in Colorado that we’d never heard of! Amazing. Canyons of black rock, camping & hiking too.
Hot swapping a hot water heater anode, Exercise and MPG
In this weeks episode we're performing a hot swap on the hot water anode, trying to get into the rhythm of a daily exercise regimen, and trying our best to improve the miles per gallon of the diesel truck. Do you think it's possible that we can do all three??
Boondocking near Santa Fe: Let’s Go!
Boondocking near Santa Fe allows us to have the best of both worlds! The rugged outdoors and the artistry & food of the city. Come on along!
Battling a noisy generator(hammer applied)
We like our electricity as much as the next person, in fact, we may like our electricity more than we should! We try to live our lives off of a 12V system. We have a solar system that charges two marine batteries. We recharge our devices from the solar to batteries to...
Taos, New Mexico: An Artist’s Haven
Taos, New Mexico is an artist’s haven in the midst of beautiful nature. We came to explore, shop and eat! It’s a must stop destination!
I’ve got a bone to pick with the Arctic fox designers!
Ya know, not that anyone asked me for my design input, but.... There are just a few things that I believe the designers of the NorthWood Arctic Fox need to address and to make improvements. This week, we're delving into one of them. It's the bloody flapper. Don't know...
Mesa Verde National Park: Oh my word!
Mesa Verde National Park is an archaeological treasure. From the pit houses to the cliff dwellings to the many hikes. It’s awesome!
Tour our Truck camper -The mega version
Come on in and tour our truck camper! As promised, this week we're delivering an expanded version of the truck camper tour we gave you last week. Better news, it's all new content! You might be wondering what's the difference between last week's tour and this week's...
Craters of the Moon: Idaho’s secret treasure
Craters of the Moon is Idaho’s secret treasure. It’s the wildest ocean of lava rock & it’s a must see destination! It’s like moon-walking!
Truck camper tour-The short version
Here’s a truck camper tour of our Arctic Fox 990. It’s a quick overview of the truck camper interior and exterior. Hope you enjoy our tour!
Great Sand Dunes National Park: Awesomeness
Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is full of awesomeness. Miles & miles of dunes, which are backed by gorgeous mountains. Heavenly!
Hiking for a cell phone signal:Cupcake Chronicles E20
Hiking for a cell phone signal is all part of boondocking. So without reception, we cook, we play, and then we hike to hilltops for calls!
Truck Camper Advantages: choosing Arctic Fox 990
First we chose to purchase a truck camper, then we narrowed our selection to an Arctic Fox 990 and Dodge Ram 3500. Here’s why!
Flat tire in the desert- cupcake Chronicles E19
Getting a flat tire in the desert while boondocking in our truck camper is worrisome to us. Well, it happened & we dealt with it & we lived!
Truck Camper Highlights: Living Small Wins
Here are our truck camper highlights…all the things we love about our Arctic Fox 990 set up. Full time RV life in a truck camper info!
Missile Silo! cupcake Chronicles E18
MISSILE SILO! MISSILE SILO! OK, OK. I'll admit it. I'm pretty excited to share this weeks episode with you. The last time I was this excited was the llama farm! One of the great things about traveling with no set agenda is that we stop when we see something that looks...
where to go next-24 months of exploration
Deciding "where to go next" is a big topic for us. Here's my answer; I don't know. We had a rough master plan put together when we left our jobs two years ago. Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and a solid maybe to somewhere...
Lights out in the Truck Camper: It’s so Cold!
Cupcake Chronicles E17 Lights out in the truck camper. That's just never a good thing! Dead batteries on the truck and in the camper make for a nervous couple of days for us. Okay, it was actually a nervous week, but, who's counting?! In our previous episode we spent...
No, I’m really not doing ok
Visiting my mom at her Alzheimer's care facility As a birthday surprise last month I took my dad to visit my mom for a window visit at her Alzheimer’s care facility. My parents haven’t seen each other, face to face, for at least nine months due to COVID restrictions...
Winterizing our truck Camper: cupcake Chronicles E16
Winterizing our truck camper for the first time ever! We’re prepping our Arctic Fox 990 for an arctic chill. Temps below zero mean prep time!
Jefferson Davis Presidential Library Visit
The Jefferson Davis Presidential Library surprised us since he was the one and only Confederate president. Join us for an eye-opening tour.
Natchez Historic cemetery & Mississippi Boondocking
The Natchez Historic Cemetery is a must stop site. It’s rich history & beauty are an RV dweller’s dream. Come see it & our boondocking spot!
Fort Pickens on the Gulf Islands National Seashore
We visited Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola Florida on a cold January weekend. The beaches are gorgeous even though we froze!
Freezing in Florida and Fishing in Mississippi: Cupcake Chronicles E14
Hi Friends- It's been a few weeks since I've been able to edit and upload our VLOG. Life has been a little hectic! I'm happy to let you know that we now have a few upcoming episodes in the tank, so we should be back to our normal schedule of a new Episode every...
Grand Isle, Louisiana: Gulf Coast Fun
We visited Grand Isle, Louisiana with two of Noelle’s sisters. It’s a great stop on the Gulf Coast for beach, fishing & seafood!
And Yet Another Cemetery Visit
Another day and another cemetery visit? You bet! This one is a little different though. Noelle here, by the way. I've mentioned before that my Mom died about three years ago. Then last year we said goodbye to my Dad too. Good byes are never easy, but these permanent...
Paint Mines – A Must See Colorado Stop!
The Paint Mines are a geological beauty! Named for their colorful clays and covering 750 acres, this area is a must see Colorado park!
Fountain Creek Regional Park – Colorado Day Hike
Fountain Creek Regional Park is a great place for a day hike near Colorado Springs. A lake, beavers, wooded trails & nature. It’s a good day!
How to clean black water tanks with ice
How to clean black water tanks in our truck camper! Join us as we try a “FaceBook RV hack” to clean the black water tank. Let’s try it together.
Living Full-time in an RV – Nomad Life Realities
Living full-time in an RV sounds romantic and carefree. And it is. Plus it totally isn’t. Pros & cons, ups & downs. It’s here!
Life in a Arctic Fox 990-Episode 12
This week we're continuing our trek into the deep south. We visit a few cemeteries and say goodbye to our friend Paul. When we sat down to edit this weeks episode, we realized it was just way too big for a single episode, so we've split it into two episodes. In our...
Cemetery Visits: Coolest ones in the South!
Cemetery visits are one of our favorite sight seeing adventures. Join us as we tour some memorable ones in the Southern States.
Emptying the black & Gray tanks
Emptying the black & gray tanks isn’t the sexiest job in a truck camper, but it’s necessary. Come along as we empty the shitter! Haha!
Full-time Truck Camper Living: A week in the Life!
Life in an Arctic Fox 990- E10 Episode 10! Full-time truck camper living has some boring weeks and some exciting ones. We're really excited to share our VLOG with you this week. There are some weeks of travel that are simply less than memorable. We're just moving from...
We visit Area 51 in search of UFO’s and little green men. Sadly, all we found were little blue men that were available for purchase.
Life in a Arctic Fox 990-Episode 9
Climb aboard as we head for Colorado from California in our Arctic Fox 990. Along the way we need to deal with a snowstorm and a suffer with generator that won’t work.
Crawford Landing Campground
Crawford Landing Campground is easy to get to with huge beautiful oak trees for summertime shade. Honey Island Swamp Tours is a bonus!
Hiking, Friends and Area 51 -Truck Camper Stops
Hiking, friends and Area 51 are great reasons to enjoy full time truck camper living. We’re having a great time on the road, so come along!
Life in a Arctic Fox 990 Episode 7
This week we're excited to share our latest Arctic Fox 990 VLOG with you! We're still headed down the California Coast and enjoying the warmth and sunshine of Southern California. Honestly, when we left Oregon and headed South, this was the EXACT kind of weather we...
Wat Arun: Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn
Visit Bangkok’s Wat Arun early in the morning as the sun shines on all the glittering surfaces. Thailand’s temple is a perfect SE Asia stop.
Clear Lake Trail Day-Hike in Yellowstone
Clear Lake Trail hikes through many different micro-environments within Yellowstone. Lakes, geysers, waterfalls & canyons, it’s all here!
Truck Camper Christmas Spirit : Come see!
Truck camper Christmas spirit is up & going! We’re decorating Cupcake! Christmas & RVs are tricky, since we’re far from family but making do.
Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park encompasses a beautiful area with springs, elk, big horn sheep, hiking and camping.
Cooking in a Truck Camper : Check it out!
Cooking in a truck camper isn’t quite the same as cooking at home. Small space prepping is a challenge to overcome. Check out our progress.
Yellowstone National Park – Top Five Spots
Yellowstone National Park is amazing! Here are my top five favorite spots to view wildlife, hike, camp and enjoy. Join the adventure!
Life in an Arctic Fox-Episode 4
This week we explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park and experience our first true snowfall of the upcoming winter season. We've been working hard to stay ahead of the weather (for the past 18 months!), but this time it caught up with us. We have the...
Struggles during this Pandemic Year
How I’m working through my struggles during this pandemic year. Exercising more, trying to meditate more, and honestly…eating more!
Truck Camper Repairs: How to stay on the Road
Truck camper repairs are part of ownership! Here’s our how to guide for staying on the road! That means fix loose doors & glue loose parts.
Glacier National Park: Visiting during a Pandemic Year
Glacier National Park in the Fall of the year of Covid-19 is very crowded. Add a camper that's too tall to travel on Going to the Sun Road, and it isn't ideal. However, it's still amazing and we've enjoyed it like crazy. Noelle here, by the way. We drove up from...
Sauk Mountain Trail: the North Cascades
Sauk Mountain Trail in Washington’s North Cascades is beautiful. I mean really beautiful. Here’s how to get there and what it’s all about!
Life in a Arctic Fox 990-Episode 2
Hi Friends- Happy Friday! This week we're headed into the Northern Washington Cascade mountains for a little more adrenaline and a touch more stomach acid that we bargained for when we take Cupcake up a very steep dirt/gravel road. All is (somewhat) OK until we reach...
Life in a Arctic Fox 990-Episode 1
It's hard to miss the sexy beast of the 990 We're excited to launch a new series of short YouTube videos chronicling our traveling adventures in our Arctic Fox 990. We'll roll out content early for our Patreon subscribers. So with that said, here's our inaugural post....
White Sulphur Springs: Stop and Soak
White Sulphur Springs is a great place to stop & soak in healing waters, offering respite from many ails. Peaceful waters = peaceful soul.
Lopburi Monkey Temple: Visit this treasure!
We travel from Bangkok to Lopburi and explore the infamous Lopburi Monkey Temple.
Hungry Horse Reservoir Recreation Area
The Hungry Horse Reservoir Recreation Area outside of the West Glacier entrance is a beautiful place for camping, boating, fishing & hiking.
Kootenai Falls, Montana: Stop here!
Kootenai Falls is on Highway 2, which crosses Northern Montana and takes you all the way to Glacier National Park. Noelle here, by the way. The drive itself is beautiful as we meandered through mountains and valleys and along rivers. I'd read about the falls on...
The Arctic Fox 990 – AKA The Cupcake Chronicles
We’ve now begun our travels in the US, with no clear plan of where to go, “somewhere warm” for the winter being the goal.
Steve and Noelle: proof of life
Hi friends and family! Colleen, here’s further proof of life...we know...it’s been a while! We’ve been super busy in Colorado Springs since we returned from Vietnam to quarantine earlier this year. We then stayed to help liquidate and sell Steve’s parents’ home and...
Vietnamese Drivers and how to cross the street
Vietnamese drivers! Let me tell you, we were forewarned. Noelle here, by the way. We read many a blog post, travel book advisory, news articles and Reddit posts too, and they all had one theme in common, beware the Vietnamese drivers! How to cross the street in...
The New Covid Normal – Life during trying times
The new Covid normal is so many things that are brand new. Frankly, most of the new normal isn't all that normal or all that great. The New Covid Normal The New Covid Normal: texting about important topics I'm now texting with my dad about fairly serious topics. We’ve...
Stay at Home: A month back in the US
We’ve been back to the US for a month. Here’s how it’s going for us with the stay at home order in Colorado & how our future may look.
The Dogs of Vietnam & why I love them
During this crazy Corona-time, I’m taking a minute to celebrate the dogs of Vietnam! Here’s a whimsical look at man’s best friend.
Returning to the United States from South East Asia
We discuss the specifics of our return to the United States from Hanoi Vietnam due to the CoronaVirus
Level 4 Global Advisory – Health scare woes
We weigh the cost of leaving Hanoi Vietnam and returning to the United States to ride out the CoronaVirus storm.
Corona Virus Daily Diary – traveling during uncertainty
We begin sharing what day to day life is like for us right now as travelers in Hanoi Vietnam.
Bangkok: Calypso Cabaret Lady Boys
Bangkok’s Calypso Cabaret Lady boys put on a fun show that will leave you laughing, smiling & happy to spend an evening in their company.
Corona virus: traveling during the outbreak
Noelle's thoughts on the road Corona Virus, Covid-19, The Virus: it's pretty much the main conversation in person and online right now. I'm writing this aboard a plane about to take off from Bangkok, heading to Hanoi, Vietnam. The announcements and instructions are...
Floating Market: Visit Bangkok's Damnoen Saduak
Day trip from Bangkok Touring the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one item on both our bucket lists! I had this romantic notion of women selling wares to each other along a canal, where I picture an intimate community market in boats. A glimpse into a lifestyle is...
Bangkok: The Grand Palace
Today we visit the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha and then head to the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theater.
The dream versus reality of traveling for one year
We explore the dream of what it might be like to travel for one year versus the reality of what it’s actually like to travel for one year.
Wat Suthat: Bangkok’s Jewel of a Temple
Wat Suthat proved to be one of the best temples we've explored yet! It's grounds are amazing and the sense of peace in the air is palpable. This is one of Bangkok's jewels! But first...time for pampering Noelle here: After walking a couple blocks from our hotel, we...
Maeklong Train Market: Bangkok Daytrip
A day trip from Bangkok to Maeklong Train Market. Such a crazy site: so many vendors and shopping stalls then a train drives right through it.
Grief, mourning and trains
Grief, mourning and trains. It's been that kind of last few weeks. Noelle here: What a full last few months we've had. From Pacific Crest Trail hiking to the daily intensity of assisting aging parents and back to the trail again, a couple times. It felt chaotic and...
Ayutthaya, Thailand: Bangkok Day Trip
Travel to Ayutthaya, Thailand, a World UNESCO site. The temples, gardens & buddha in a tree are must-see stops on any trip to Southeast Asia.
Bangkok: Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)
We spend a few hours touring Bangkok’s famous 24 hour flower market and soak up the sights, sounds and energy of bustling neighborhood.
My Top 10 Bangkok Street Foods
My top 10 Bangkok street foods run from noodles to soup to spicy salads. Come along to try out some of these tasty dishes with me!
Muay Thai Boxing in Bangkok
Muay Thai Boxing in Bangkok is awesome. It’s loud & fast. The pageantry & music amaze us, along with the respect among boxers. Check it out!
Noelle here: I’ve been sick for about four days now. It’s Bangkok Belly. It’s a thing. The first day was just a little upset stomach. I thought it was because I ate a whole mango, part for dinner, part the next morning for breakfast (refrigerated in between). The...
Bangkok: Chinatown Market Street food
Bangkok’s night market in Chinatown is great for good food. What’s not to love about cheap street food, humidity and carnival barkers?
Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha: Bangkok Highlights
Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha are highlights to any trip to Bangkok. Come explore with us as we see all the best sites in Thailand.
Bangkok by Night: Tuk-Tuk Around Town
Explore the night time sights of Bangkok via a Tuk-Tuk, while stopping at the Flower Market and eating delicious street food.
Bangkok – three early favorites
Three favorite things in Bangkok. Check out our early favorites as we visit Thailand’s busy city. Great food, good shopping & sunshine!
Chatuchak Weekend Market: Explore, Shop & Eat!
We visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market for shopping, eating and exploring. Take a look around with us at all the market has to offer!
Off on a new adventure
Noelle here: The last week has been so difficult and also so inspiring. My dad passed from this life to the next. He’s off to dance with my mom again. To sit beside his savior. He’s at peace from the struggle of Parkinson’s and can rest. Mom & Dad Two of my...
Wanna go for broke?
You're in line! Survey says?!? Confirmation! Time to shoot for all the marbles!
Happy New Year
Noelle here: We’ve stayed pretty busy lately. More busy than you’d expect for not having jobs. 🤣 We hiked in snow and sunshine one afternoon in Colorado! We were back in the Portland area for the Christmas holidays, just being with family ❤️. Getting a chance to...
A long goodbye
I’m not sure in which specific year I started calling my mom on New Year’s Eve, at the stroke of midnight, to wish her a happy New Years. Last min REI pre-PCT stop I think it started when I was in my early twenties. We were discussing New Years traditions and my mom...
Today we're lucky enough to be home in Portland Oregon celebrating Christmas with some of our children and grandchildren. We wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Thank you for following our adventures this year! Soon we'll have lots more to share with you...we...
Missing the PCT
Noelle here: I’m greatly missing the Pacific Crest Trail today. Northern terminus I’m missing the peace, the friendships, the physical hardness, the mountains, lakes, valleys. I’m missing all of it. Snoqualmie area most difficult trail It’s been stressful and chaotic...
PCT: VLOG: Episode 12
This week we continue our northbound trek and head for Kenney Meadows. Kennedy Meadows signifies the end of the desert hiking and the beginning of the Sierra Mountain range. PCT Episode 12
Goal Setting for the PCT and why I hike
Hiking goal setting proved crucial for my Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike attempt. Here are some of my goals and how you can set your own.
PCT: VLOG Episode 11
Episode 11 Episode 11 with commentary This week we channel our inner Don Quixote's as we night hike, encounter high desert temperatures and try to find shade in the withering heat.
PCT: Post Trail day 13
We left the trail in California and went straight to my parents home in Colorado. Pretty much all of our non-hiking possessions are in storage in Portland. Our first week here in Colorado was just crazy. Moving my parents into an assisted living/memory care facility....
PCT: VLOG Episode 10
Episode 10 Episode 10 with commentary (Come on, admit it, you miss us! We miss you too!)
So what’s next for us?
Noelle here: All along we've planned to take two years off from regular jobs and life. We knew we were hiking a trail, then returning home, then heading to Southeast Asia for a few months. We planned a lot for the trail but so far no solid plans other than knowing we...
PCT SoBo: and so it goes…
Noelle here: Steve and I ambled along, making our way back to the van. He read the group texts from his siblings and the individual texts I had with them separately. I told him about the hikers who'd ended their hike that day due to weather. We hiked along. I could...
PCT: Day 192: In it to win it! Part 2
Miles today: 20Trail miles sum: 2016.8SOBO Trail location: 1322.8Elevation: 5051Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Seong-Jin Cho While I was hiking in the afternoon I had cell reception for a few moments. River crossings I saw...
PCT: Day 192: In it to win it! Part 1
Miles today: 20Trail miles sum: 2016.8SOBO Trail location: 1322.8Elevation: 5051Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. Seong-Jin Cho It was 26 degrees this morning when I started hiking. Just a tiny bit nippy! Early morning hiking...
PCT SoBo: Old Station to Chester
Noelle here: It's cold. Holy smokes, it's cold! This morning was supposed to get down to 26. I believe that's probably true. Steve just left the van for day 2. Yesterday he did 27 miles and today will be shorter around 20. I hiked a bit over six miles and realized two...
PCT: Day 191: Going for broke
Miles today: 27Trail miles sum: 1997.8SOBO Trail location: 1302.8Elevation: 5651Spinning on the turntable: U2: The Joshua Tree Wooded trail It’s so good to be back on the trail! The air is crisp and clear. When we bumped north from Kennedy Meadows to Old Station in...
PCT Southbound: Old Station
Noelle here: Well, we did it! We started our journey back to the trail. While my sister, brother-in-law and I were at the hospital, busting Dad out, Steve was packing up the van. He met us and we all made a little parade down the hospital corridor and to the front...
PCT: September blog stats
Hi Friends! Each month we look forward to looking at our website and learning where all our readers are “from”. Based on a reader suggestion we added Sakis Rouvas to our music playlist as a catnip for the Greeks. Sadly, it seemed to have the opposite effect and our...
PCT: Weight loss, finance, distance analysis
My weight loss continued throughout Washington. I’m down about another ten pounds equating to a total weight loss of roughly 60lbs/27kg. I’m finding that I’m getting cold much easier. My butt is boney and I’m missing the extra fat padding. When I sit on a hard chair...
PCT: Hoping to get back to the trail
Noelle here: We're hoping to head back to California tomorrow. It's now been two weeks since the Washington border. My dad has three fresh stents in his heart's arteries. It was the best outcome we could have hoped for given the Parkinson's and the severity of plaque...
PCT: What to do?
When we began our trek in March, Noelle’s sisters were cleaning up hers dads house, holding an estate sale, and then moving him from Louisiana to an assisted living facility in Washington. It was a stressful way for Noelle to begin the trek. Today, as I write this...
PCT Between the trail and reality
Noelle here: Its been over a week since Steve finished Washington. We drove down through Vancouver, WA to see family for a couple days, with the expectation that we'd visit then head to California for the rest of the trail. We had such a wonderful time. We relaxed,...
PCT: Oh Canada!
Noelle here: Yesterday I drove into Canada. So freakin crazy that we're finally here. I know there are still miles owed to California, but for now we're here! I left Rainy Pass and made it to Manning Park in the early evening. The Northern Cascades looked just as...
PCT: Day 172: End of the line
Miles today: 14.6Trail miles sum: 1970.8Trail location: 2653.1Elevation: 4247Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: EUSA Weather Report Looking at the weather forecast this morning and seeing snow isn’t so surprising. It’s been cold and damp the past few days and...
PCT: Last day in Washington
Noelle here: I guess technically it's the last full day in Washington, as Steve will have about ten miles left tomorrow to get to the monument and 8.5 to get to the van. There's been a ton of trail magic for the hikers in Washington but I think everyone is still ready...
PCT: Day 171
Miles today: 21.7Trail miles sum: 1956.2Trail location: 2638.5Elevation: 6193Spinning on the turntable: Neil Young: Songs for Judy It was raining when I woke up this morning, so I went back to sleep. After an hour the rain had slackened somewhat and I slowly began my...
PCT: Day 170
Miles today: 25.2Trail miles sum: 1934.5Trail location: 2616.8Elevation: 6558Spinning on the turntable: The Killers: Direct Hits It was nice to hike today without the constant rain. Squirrel sighting Tedium, yet again, in the continual up and down in the green tunnel....
PCT: Day 169
Miles today: 14.1Trail miles sum: 1909.3Trail location: 2591.6Elevation: 4848Spinning on the turntable: Today I was hiking back to Noelle and it was going to be a short hiking day so I took a few extra minutes this morning to cook my oatmeal. I'm completely sick of...
PCT: Day 168
Miles today: 28.1Trail miles sum: 1895Trail location: 2577.3Elevation: 2107Spinning on the turntable: Another wet day It was another wet day of hiking. I try to repeat a mantra to myself of the things I’m grateful for as I hike. I am grateful that the rain isn’t...
Noelle here: Most afternoons I hike Southbound (SOBO) towards Steve. I get to see so many hikers walking my way. It’s great fun. I can immediately distinguish day hikers and weekend or short section hikers from Long Ass Section Hikers (LASH) and thru hikers. The day...
PCT: Day 165: Hiking in the rain
Miles today: 24.4Trail miles sum: 1866.9Trail location: 2549.2Elevation: 4552Spinning on the turntable: The traveling Wilburys collection I started the day with the big climb with all the switchbacks that I mentioned yesterday. It wasn’t terrible. It was however, very...
PCT Van Life
Noelle here: I'm at Stevens Pass. I got here on Monday. Was that Labor Day? I think so. The only people in the parking lot were hikers. It's really pretty and quiet here. Met a past thru hiker who was out trail angel-ing. She and her partner live in a van, so it was...
PCT: Day 164: Temporary rain delay
Miles today: 0Trail miles sum: 1842.5Trail location: 2524.8Elevation: 3603Reading: George R. Stewart: Earth Abides Today has been very rainy. I awoke at 5AM, heard the rain pounding on the tent and resent the alarm for 7AM. At 7AM the rain was still coming down in...
PCT: Day 163
Miles today: 15.6Trail miles sum: 1842.5Trail location: 2524.8Elevation: 3603Spinning on the turntable: Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium I started the day with hiking through a multitude of water hazards. This is the trail! I'm trying to move from log to log, stone to...
PCT: Day 162: Berry belly
Miles today: 22Trail miles sum: 1826.9Trail location: 2509.2Elevation: 3939Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: In2uition I started the day out with a berry blow out at 6AM. I managed to make it about fifty yards from camp before the explosion occurred. Sorry fellow...
PCT: Day 161
Miles today: 22.7Trail miles sum: 1804.9Trail location: 2487.2Elevation: 4776Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: Score Noelle hiked out with me this morning and then returned to the van after ten miles. It’s wonderful when she hikes with me and terrible when she...
PCT: Day 160
Miles today: 28.4 Trail miles sum: 1782.2 Trail location: 2464.5 Elevation: 4075 Spinning on the turntable: Podcast: Freakonics Washington is certainly providing spectacular, panoramic, jaw dropping, in your face nature scenes. Washington is also making us pay for...
PCT: Day 159
Miles today: 22.6 Trail miles sum: 1756.7 Trail location: 2436 Elevation: 4694 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Joel: Live through the years The helicopters continued to move about the valley this morning in their search and rescue. I have no idea of any specifics. A...
PCT: Day 158
Miles today: 19.5 Trail miles sum: 1732.1 Trail location: 2413.4 Elevation: 3247 Spinning on the turntable: Sakis Rouvas: Parafora We started the day with a nice little six mile uphill slog. We hiked the Kendall cat walk together. VFat had strongly recommended this...
PCT: Day 156
Miles today: 18.5 Trail miles sum: 1711.6 Trail location: 2393.9 Elevation: 3028 Spinning on the turntable: Pitch Perfect It's humid this morning. The weather is debating between rain and not rain and can't seem to decide in which direction to land. I'd actually...
PCT: Day 155
Miles today: 27.9 Trail miles sum: 1693.1 Trail location: 2375.4 Elevation: 3664 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 When this tru-hike is over I'll miss the morning sunshine and solitude. I'm now picking the tiny wild strawberries. The...
PCT Day Hike: Chinook Pass on Mt. Rainier
Noelle here: Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest. ...John Muir I'm in love with this mountain, ever since Steve and I backpacked the Wonderland Trail some 20+ years ago. She holds such happy...
PCT: Day 154
Miles today: 23.2 Trail miles sum: 1665.2 Trail location: 2347.5 Elevation: 4765 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 Epic view huh? I heard elk bellowing last night as I drifted to sleep. Someone saw a bear in this area so I'm keeping a...
PCT: VLOG: Episode 9
PCT Episode 9 PCT Episode 9 with commentary This week we return to the trail with a new camper van and hike through Vasquez Rocks.
PCT: Day 153: Mt. Rainier
Miles today: 28.9 Trail miles sum: 1642 Trail location: 2324.4 Elevation: 5427 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 A rather chilly start to my morning at 44 degrees Fahrenheit. No rain though, so I'm not complaining. This is the first frost...
PCT: Day 151: Goat rocks
Miles today: 21.3 Trail miles sum: 1613.1 Trail location: 2295.4 Elevation: 4410 Spinning on the turntable: Today was all about clearing the Knife's Edge on Old Snowy Mountain. Today was the first time I was truly concerned about seriously hurting myself with a trip,...
PCT: Day 150: Goat rocks
Miles today: 22.6 Trail miles sum: 1591.8 Trail location: 2274.1 Elevation: 5993 Spinning on the turntable: Trampled by turtles: Life is good on the open road Have I mentioned how much I enjoy looking at the mushrooms that I can't identify? So many colors! The...
PCT: Day 149
Miles today: 22.1 Trail miles sum: 1569.2 Trail location: 2251.5 Elevation: 4767 Spinning on the turntable: Trampled by turtles: Life is good on the open road The rain looks beautiful on the foliage, and soaks my shoes and socks. I'm now rotating my socks after about...
PCT: Day 148
Miles today: 6.5 Trail miles sum: 1547.1 Trail location: 2229.4 Elevation: 3894 Spinning on the turntable: Rain, rain go away... Storm warning on the weather forecast so I hustled 6.5 miles to a close pick up point and Noelle picked me up. Other hikers were doing the...
PCT: Day 147
Miles today: 25.6 Trail miles sum: 1541.6 Trail location: 2223 Elevation: 3508 Spinning on the turntable: James McMurty: Complicated Game It's great seeing the older PCT signs embedded in the trees as the trees have begun to encapsulate the metal. I'm looking for...
PCT: VLOG Episode 8
PCT Episode 8 This week we take a break from the trail and play tourist and purchase a camper van.
PCT: Day 146
Miles today: 31 Trail miles sum: 1516 Trail location: 2198.3 Elevation: 3500 Spinning on the turntable: Steve Perry: Sun Shines Grey Survey says....long uphill climb. The climb this morning was very humid. The weather forecast indicated it would be about 85% this...
PCT: First week of Washington
Noelle here: What a wonderful last week at home and a great couple days back on trail! We had such a good time visiting family. We ran out of time to see any friends, next time! This morning I realized we were parked near this grave on the Washington side of the...
PCT: Day 145: Entering Washington
Miles today: 19.6 Trail miles sum: 1485 Trail location: 2167.3 Elevation: 1246 Spinning on the turntable: Foreigner: No end in sight: The very best I left the Bridge of the Gods this morning and started hiking the Washington section of the PCT. I hit the trail at 6AM...
My heart of hearts
Noelle here: We're coming in on the two year anniversary of Steve's open heart surgery, as I write this. He's so skinny now that I tease him about his pacemaker popping right out of his skin soon! I'm so thankful to be able to joke with him. I'm simply thankful to...
Cardiac failure wasn't on my mind until three years ago. Two years ago today I had open heart surgery. The surgery has impacted nearly every single aspect of our lives. Our lives today have very little semblance to our lives of two or three years ago. Cardiac failure:...
PCT: Cascade Locks
Noelle here: My whole post could be one picture. Okay. Three pictures. Welcome to Washington! Steve, Danielle & the Grands Grandkids (minus one) But I'll add some words to amuse myself. I got to Cascade Locks fairly early in the day. Found a not great parking...
PCT: VLOG Episode 7
PCT Episode 7 PCT Episode 7 With commentary This week we hike from Cajon Pass and summit Mt. Baden-Powell encountering fallen logs, rain, snow and hail.
PCT: Day 140: Cascade Locks
Miles today: 34 Trail miles sum: 1475.4 Trail location: 2147.7 Elevation: 78 Spinning on the turntable: Iron and Wine: Our endless numbered days Sun through the trees Today was the day to wrap up Oregon. Time to go big, or, well...uh...I guess we don't have a home to...
PCT: last day in Oregon
Noelle here: Its 5:34am and Steve just left the van for his last day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon. I couldn't be happier for him! The next time I see him will be this evening at the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks. Well I guess technically it'll be...
PCT: Day 139: Mt. Hood
Miles today: 17.3 Trail miles sum: 1443.4 Trail location: 2114.7 Elevation: 3444 Spinning on the turntable: Modest Mouse: Good news for people who love bad news I woke at 5AM and looked outside. Raining, windy and cold. I turned off the alarm and went back to sleep....
PCT: Day 138
Miles today: 23.1 Trail miles sum: 1415.1 Trail location: 2097.4 Elevation: 6017 Spinning on the turntable: Paul Simon: The rhythm of the saints Today was a gradual but progressive uphill climb. The temp is cooler than the previous weeks (months?) and hovering in the...
PCT: Day 136
Miles today: 27.9 Trail miles sum: 1392.6 Trail location: 2073.9 Elevation: 3369 Spinning on the turntable: Bleachers: Terrible thrills, Vol 2 Today was all about trying for speed and distance. I'm disappointed about yesterdays hike mileage being so low, so today was...
PCT: Olallie Lake
Noelle here: Years ago, Steve and I drove to Olallie Lake. One of our coworkers had extolled its many virtues, building it to unattainable expectations in our minds. What we found were miles of gravel road, followed by miles of pot-holed dirt road, which our car...
PCT: July blog posts and you!
Hi Readers! Have we said thanks for following us? Thank you! We really appreciate the time you're investing in our PCT thru-hike attempt. As Noelle mentioned in her post PCT: Building Community, you're part of our trail family. Each month we're just tickled to see...
PCT: Day 135
Miles today: 18.6 Trail miles sum: 1363.8 Trail location: 2027.7 Elevation: 4950 Spinning on the turntable: All hiking days are not created equally. I've been pushing the miles the past week or so and today it seemed like it was body payback day. My body was just...
PCT: Day 134
Miles today: 26.9 Trail miles sum: 1345.6 Trail location:2027.7 Elevation: 4310 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Squire: Essential Billy Squire Today I passed my mileage halfway point of the PCT. Since I bumped up and skipped part of the Sierra, the actual distance...
PCT: Day 133 Big Lake Youth Camp
Miles today: 17.3 Trail miles sum: 1301.4 Trail location: 2000.9 Elevation: 4805 Spinning on the turntable: Talking Heads: Stop making sense Oh lava, how I dislike you. Even your mother, mother lava, dislikes you. I had hopes of making it to Big Lake Youth Camp for a...
PCT Day Hike: McKenzie Pass, Oregon
McKenzie Pass Oregon is the gateway to forests, lava fields and quiet lakes. It’s great for mountain gazing, camping and hiking!
PCT: Day 132
Miles today: 32 Trail miles sum: 1301.4 Trail location: 1983.6 Elevation: 5308 Spinning on the turntable: Anton Batagov: The complete Phillip Glass piano etudes: Live in Moscow Glad to start a new week! Last week my total hiked distance was 159.1 miles. This week I'd...
PCT: Day 131
Miles today: 27 Trail miles sum: 1270.3 Trail location: 1952.6 Elevation: 4901 Spinning on the turntable: Garbage: Garbage I'm enjoying the serenity of my early morning hiking. There's just a few moments when the sunlight is perfect and the landscape is golden. This...
PCT: VLOG Episode 6
PCT Episode 6 PCT Episode 6 with commentary This week we continue our thru-hike attempt and soak away our aches at Deep Creek Hot Springs in San Bernadino.
PCT: Building Community
Noelle here: I was texting with a friend at home about how things are going out here. How's the van? How's the trail? I mentioned that the hardest part is being so disconnected. We rarely have reception and once in a while get crappy WiFi that every other hiker has...
PCT: Day 130
Miles today: 19 Trail miles sum: 1243.3 Trail location: 1925.6 Elevation: 5811 Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: EUSA Today was a low mileage day to wrap up my week. The lower miles allowed Noelle and I to meet in the afternoon and spend the night in the van. I...
OST: Day 129
Miles today: 28.3 Trail miles sum: 1224.3 Trail location: 1906.6 Elevation: 4890 Spinning on the turntable: Vienna Symphony Orchestra: Strauss Waltzes The morning started out cold! For the first time in several months I wore my hiking trousers over my hiking shorts to...
PCT: Day 128
Miles today: 30.5 Trail miles sum: 1196 Trail location: 1878.3 Elevation: 5831 Spinning on the turntable: Alanis Morissette: Jagged little pill I'm finding some excitement in the bigger mileage hiking days. It's a very different mindset. I need to be focused on...
PCT: Day 127: Crater Lake
Miles today: 26.9 Trail miles sum: 1165.5 Trail location: 1847.8 Elevation: 5924 Spinning on the turntable: Paul Simon: Graceland Word of the day today (actually since last week) is that part of the PCT trail near Crater Lake is closed due to aggressive mountain lion...
PCT: Day 125: Mosquito 🦟
Miles today: 24.9 Trail miles sum: 1138.6 Trail location: 1820.9 Elevation: 6177 Spinning on the turntable: Johnny Cash: At Fulsome Prison My view from my campsite this morning was amazing, but a little dark. I've noticed in the past week or two that I need to use my...
PCT: VLOG: Episode 5
PCT Episode 5 PCT Episode 5 with commentary This week we start getting our feet wet with mulitple river crossings.
PCT: Day 124
Miles today: 22.3 Trail miles sum: 1113.7 Trail location: 1796 Elevation: 6697 Spinning on the turntable: The Clash: London calling Today was a long, slow, hot, mosquito infested climb. Yesterday my feet had wings, today my shoes are filled with an extra ten pounds....
PCT: Day 123: The deer
Miles today: 31.1 Trail miles sum: 1091.4 Trail location: 1773.7 Elevation: 5050 Spinning on the turntable: Kid Rock: Sweet Southern Sugar Today I saw 14 deer. 14! I saw a herd of about 7 deer early in the morning and then the rest were sprinkled throughout the...
Van Life: Mice, Ashland & Oregon license plates!
Noelle here: I waited for Steve near Mt Ashland, about six (?) miles south of the town. It seemed like a long wait, especially when I learned after the fact that there actually was a road I didn't see on the maps that could have taken me close to the border where I...
PCT: Day 122: Forest fire
Miles today: 23.9 Trail miles sum: 1060.3 Trail location: 1742.7 Elevation: 5084 Spinning on the turntable: The Allman Bothers: At Fillmore East (Live) We awoke to the pungent smell of smoke this morning. There's a forest fire burning about 100 miles away and there's...
PCT: Day 118
Miles today: 21.6 Trail miles sum: 1036.4 Trail location: 1717.7 Elevation: 4204 Spinning on the turntable: Rene' Aubry: Petits sauts délicats avec grand écart Today was primary a downhill trek with one notable climb. I was relieved to find no deer hanging outside the...
PCT: 10 things I’ve learned from the first 1000 miles of PCT hiking
We explore what we’ve learned from hiking 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and what lessons may be applied to life off the trail.
PCT: VLOG Episode 4
PCT Episode 4 PCT Episode 4 with commentary This week we begin to encounter snow, sleet, ice and extreme heat.
PCT: Day 117: 1000 miles: Part 2
Miles today: 20.9 Trail miles sum: 1014.8 Trail location: 1697.2 Elevation: 6617 Spinning on the turntable: Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars Leaving the cabin after lunch I had one thing on my mind, Oregon! It was, yet again, a uphill climb heading to the border. I...
PCT: Day 117: 1000 miles: Part 1
Miles today: 20.9 Trail miles sum: 1014.8 Trail location: 1697.2 Elevation: 6617 Spinning on the turntable: Imagine Dragons: Origins So, hitting the 1000 mile marker was a bit anti-climatic. It was just me. No markers, no singing, no dancing. (I made a dreadful error...
PCT: Day 116
Miles today: 19.5 Trail miles sum: 993.9 Trail location: 1676.2 Elevation: 6122 Spinning on the turntable: Bryan Adams; Shine a light A moonlit photo is an indication of an obscenely early start to the day. I woke at 4AM, hit the snooze twice, then ate breakfast and...
PCT: Day 113
Miles today: 24 Trail miles sum: 974.4 Trail location: 1649.5 Elevation: 1718 Spinning on the turntable: Andrea Bochelli: Si' My camp site from last night was close to a snow field and my tent fly was soaked today. The sleeping bag was moist as well. I camped next to...
PCT: Day 112
Miles today: 25.7 Trail miles sum: 950.4 Trail location: 1625.5 Elevation: 6551 Spinning on the turntable: Waren Zevon: The wind This day was guaranteed to be a long hike right out of the gate. I want to bump up my daily miles and the only way to do that is to hike...
PCT: Day Hiking
Noelle here: I either hike out with Steve in the mornings if it's a "travel" day for me or I hike out to meet him in the afternoons to come back to the van together. In this particular stretch, if he did 20 miles a day, I got to see him for four days in a row. How...
PCT: Vlog: Episode 3
Episode 3 Episode 3: With commentary
PCT: Day 111
Miles today: 19.7 Trail miles sum: 924.6 Trail location: 1599.8 Elevation: 5977 Spinning on the turntable: Boston: Boston The past few days I've been ricocheted up and down the mountains and today was no different. I started the morning with a sharp climb right out of...
PCT: Day 110
Miles today: 20.0 Trail miles sum: 904.0 Trail location: 1580 Elevation: 6188 Spinning on the turntable: Fitz and the Tantrums: More than just a dream This sign was about ten feet off the ground. I guess big signs equal better target practice? I have noticed several...
PCT: Day 109
Miles today: 20.3 Trail miles sum: 884.9 Trail location: 1560 Elevation: 6860 Spinning on the turntable: INXS: The very best I started the day on a spicy note. A benefit of the camper van is the refrigerator. I keep a few yogurts handy and eat a banana and yogurt for...
PCT: Trinity Alps
Noelle here: This last week has been so beautiful. Steve is trekking through the Trinity Alps. Oh my goodness, the views, the trail, the sunrises & sunsets and the hikers! It's been a good time. I met Bull and Bull Rider as I was meeting Steve to go into Mt...
PCT: blog posts and you! June
Hi Readers! We've been so busy hiking that we forgot to post our website June statistics. After a pronounced absence the Greeks are in the house! (I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!) We're hopeful that our friends Gregory and Kathleen will...
PCT: Day 108
Miles today: 18.6 Trail miles sum: 864.6 Trail location: 1539.7 Elevation: 6860 Spinning on the turntable: Audio book: The other side of history: Daily life in the ancient world Nice view to start the day huh? That's Mt. Shasta peeking over the rim. ("Shasta, Shasta,...
PCT: Day 107
Miles today: 19.9 Trail miles sum: 846 Trail location: 1521.1 Elevation: 6496 Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Parachutes Over 4000ft elevation gain today. Let me say that again....4000ft....up... I started at mile 1501 and worked my way to 1520. Woof. I must...
PCT: Vlog: Episode 2
Episode 2 Episode 2: With commentary
PCT Van Life: BBQ at the Dam
Noelle here: I met Steve at Centipede Gulch Trailhead yesterday. It was only a short walk from the van and I spent the afternoon relaxed and at peace. We were planning to van camp but it turns out the road is now closed and has been turned back over to Mother Nature....
PCT: Day 104
Miles today: 16.6 Trail miles sum: 826.1 Trail location: 1501.2 Elevation: 2102 Spinning on the turntable: Coldplay: Parachutes ...and another climb to start the day today! Both yesterday and today I've been able to find a relaxed mentality for hiking. It may be that...
PCT: Day 103
Miles today: 13.7 Trail miles sum: 809.5 Trail location: 1484.6 Elevation: 2653 Spinning on the turntable: nothing So the poop lab tests indicate that I have c-diff colitis but not giardia. Yeah for me! I'm now taking antibiotics for a week. Yesterday I (yet again)...
PCT: Day 101
Miles today: 23.9 Trail miles sum: 795 Trail location: 1470.9 Elevation: 2380 Spinning on the turntable: Audio book: The other side of history: Daily life in the ancient world The day began with a climb at 6AM. Early morning climbs are good and bad. Good to get it out...
PCT: Day 100
Miles today: 18.8 Trail miles sum: 771.7 Trail location: 1447.7 Elevation: 5426 Spinning on the turntable: Audio book: The other side of history: Daily life in the ancient world Have I mentioned that the flowers are magnificent? I found this single bloom down a hill...
PCT: Day 99
Miles today: 10.8 Trail miles sum: 760 Trail location: 1428.8 Elevation: 2994 Spinning on the turntable: Beach Boys: Pet Sounds We spent last night at a campground. It's a festival atmosphere with everyone flocking in for the 4th of July holiday. After the backwoods...
PCT: Week 1: Vlog
Week 1 Week 1: With commentary
PCT: Burney Falls
Noelle here. It's July 3rd right now and I'm at Burney Falls State Park. Steve got here yesterday and this morning we viewed the Falls. So I'm a Northwest girl, through and through. I may have been born in the South but my heart definitely belongs in the Pacific NW! I...
PCT Hat Creek Rim
Noelle here: We started out early today. It was a cool evening which is great for sleep. Our goal was ambitious for me but the terrain looked doable. And it was so nice out. The Hat Creek Overlook was beautiful. We could see Mt Shasta towards the North. Burney...
PCT: Day 98
Miles today: 20.8 Trail miles sum: 749.2 Trail location: 1418 Elevation: 2994 Spinning on the turntable: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Best of everything I started hiking at 6AM this morning with "Free falling" in my earbuds. Iconic music with spectacular views...
PCT: Day 97
Miles today: 19.9 Trail miles sum: 722.1 Trail location: 1397.2 Elevation: 3946 Spinning on the turntable: Sinead O'Connor: I'm not bossy, I'm the boss This is the view out of my tent as I write this today. view from tent Today we started hiking the Hat Creek Rim area...
PCT: Old Station Mile 1377
Back to the trail!
PCT: Day 96
PCT: Week 0: Vlog
We've been recording video since we left our apartment in Portland Oregon and we're going to start rolling out our vlogs. Once we speed up the editing process we'll increase the frequency of vlog posting to hopefully catch up to our blog content. We're not...
PCT: So close to Old Station…but so far away
Well...The vans drive shaft is now repaired but I'm a bit sick. Unbelievable. I had a week to be leisurely sick while the van was being repaired and I'm lucky enough to get sick right about the time we'd be returning to trail. I'd been feeling a bit of stomach...
Van Life: Drive Line
Noelle here: Transmission fixed! Woo hoo! Bob at Bob's Red Bluff Transmission was awesome and took great care of us. He's a great guy with a very clean and actually beautiful shop! We packed up and were ready to go the next morning. Went a mile down the freeway and...
Marriage & the Pacific Crest Trail: 5 Great things
Marriage along the Pacific Crest Trail…here’s a look at why it’s great and how we make it work. 24/7 in a small tent is fantastic!
PCT: Southern California: Finance break down
Cost analysis for Southern California
PCT: Southern California: Weight loss, diet and average daily miles
How much weight have we lost so far?
Van life. Transmission 2
Noelle here: We were both feeling so excited. Steve even said he felt giddy with excitement! We figured out a plan to go around the Sierras and get back on to the Pacific Crest Trail. We drove from Kennedy Meadows to Bakersfield and spent a night in a hotel for Fathers Day. We both got […]
Van life. Transmission.
Noelle here: Well. There’s not much to say. Transmission rebuild. One week off trail. $2275. Sigh.
PCT: Where to go? Straight ahead? Bounce north and hike south? Bounce a bit north and hike north?
Leaving KM and finding cell service allowed us to start looking at data instead of listening to rumors. The map above and below (www.postholer.com) allow us to view the snow water equivalent (SWE) in relation to the trail mile. This indicates that we're about to head...
PCT: Day 81: Kennedy Meadows
Miles today: 8.7 Trail miles: 702.2 Elevation: 6006 Spinning on the turntable: Melissa Etheridge: Fearless love I slept in until 5AM this morning and started hiking at 6AM. The miles would be small today, but I really wanted to beat the heat, so I still started early....
PCT: Kennedy Meadows
Noelle here: I'm sitting on the porch at Kennedy Meadows waiting for Steve to get here. He should be here soon. It's a huge milestone out here. The hikers waiting on the porch clap for the arriving hikers. It was one of the stops I was looking forward to the most, so...
PCT: Day 80
Miles today: 20.7 Trail miles: 693.5 Elevation: 5846 Spinning on the turntable: Grouplove: Never trust a happy song Up at 4AM and out hiking by 5AM today. When I set up camp last night I was alone, but when I left this morning there were four or five other tents. It...
PCT: Day 79
Miles today: 21.5 Trail miles: 672.8 Elevation: 6739 Spinning on the turntable: DMB: Away from the world I hit the trail at 5AM this morning after enjoying overnight oats and Noosa yogurt. That yogurt is crazy delicious (www.noosayoghurt.com) but a little higher in...
PCT: Day 78
Miles today: 16 Trail miles: 651.3 Elevation: 4980 Spinning on the turntable: The Alarm: The best of the Alarm That's my view from my tent this morning while I was eating breakfast. Not a bad way to start the day! I knew that today was going to be another hot one and...
PCT: Day 77
Miles today: 19.4 Trail miles: 635.3 Elevation: 6705 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: In the end I woke at 4AM today and started hiking by 5AM to get a jump on the heat. The weather forecast just looked unpleasant. The early morning hike was quite nice...
PCT: Day 76
Miles today: 12.1 Trail miles: 615.9 Elevation: 4959 Spinning on the turntable: Lissie: When I'm alone: The piano retrospective Today was scheduled to be an easy day. Hiking down 12 easy miles to meet up with Noelle. I awoke at 5AM and managed to eat and break camp by...
PCT day hike Near Walker’s Pass
Noelle here: My plan for the day was to hike about four miles up the PCT to meet Steve. Turns out it's super hot by 10:00am and I don't really care for the uphill with no shade. I looked ahead, saw no cover, so I'm currently sitting down in what looks like the last...
PCT: Rocket’s party at Walker Pass Campground
Noelle here: We had a great campsite on the side of the road last night! Steve started hiking before 5am today, and I may have fallen back asleep for a while after he left. At some point I headed down the road to the next meeting point at Walker Pass Campground....
PCT: Day 75
Miles today: 16.6 Trail miles: 603.9 Elevation: 7520 Spinning on the turntable: P!nk: Hurts 2B Human Today I woke up at 5AM, ate breakfast, broke camp, and started hiking at 6:15. Seems like I should be a lot quicker by now! Today was a long uphill grind. I knew it...
PCT Roadie life
Noelle here: I'm feeling disappointed today. There just isn't a way to get to Steve as often as I'd like. We look at maps and Guthook and try to make a good plan. It simply doesn't work sometimes. The trail is in the wilderness. Most roads in the wilderness are dirt....
PCT: Day 74
Miles today: 20.7 Trail miles: 587.2 Elevation: 4730 Spinning on the turntable: Sammy Hagar & The Circle: At Your Service The day started with a nice little hill climb to limber up my joints. I hit the top of this hill within a few hours. I liked this drain hole...
Lunch & Dinner with Rosie’s
Noelle here: I had lunch with Rosie today. She's been following our blog and I'm so glad we were able to meet! What a wonderful thing when two strangers can become a part of one another's lives. We met for Mexican food, because well, margaritas and tacos. What a...
PCT: Day 71
Miles today: 17.5 Trail miles: 566.5 Elevation: 3844 Spinning on the turntable: Pearl Jam: 20 I awoke with the alarm at 5AM. The darkness was just beginning to give way to daylight. I ate my overnight soaking oaks (thanks Donna!) and decided that I liked them. I'll...
PCT: Day 70
Miles today: 13.9 Trail miles: 549 Elevation: 6240 Spinning on the turntable: Billie Ellish: When we all fall asleep, where do we go? Hot is the theme today. Hot like crazy hot temperatures. I'm guessing mid to upper 80's. The temperature is forecasted to go up into...
PCT: Day 69: LA aqueduct: Part 2: 6:30PM-11:00P
Miles today: 8.6 Trail miles: 535.1 Elevation: 3122 Spinning on the turntable: None I started hiking around 7:30 after resting in the van during the heat of the day. In this case resting means reading a book. I should have taken a nap. I skipped the tunes and listened...
PCT Roadie along the Aqueduct
Noelle here: I'm enjoying being Steve's roadie! It's an interesting perspective. After Steve left Hiker Town the other day, I went back to the Neenach Market to get propane and gas. Also I spun the Pokémon Stop to get a "gift" for my sister, Trish. We trade Poke gifts...
PCT: Day 69: LA aqueduct: Part 1: 6AM-10:30AM
Miles today: 8.9 Trail miles: 526.5 Elevation: 2800 Spinning on the turntable: Katy Perry: Teenage Dream Today was split into two sections; a morning hike of about ten miles and a evening hike of about nine miles. It's too hot to try to tackle the whole section in one...
PCT: Hiker Trash & Hiker Town
Noelle here: I now seem to be collecting trash from hikers. It takes the term Hiker trash to a brand new level. 🤣 I met a couple German women yesterday, who I shared some of Donna's hard boiled eggs with! And I ended up taking their garbage. It's the small things that...
PCT: Day 68: 500 miles
Miles today: 19.6 Trail miles: 517.6 (Hiker town) Elevation: 3053 Spinning on the turntable: U2: Songs of innocence Hitting the 500 mile mark was rather anticlimactic. The camp was abuzz with excitement last night over the impending mile stone. Excitement like folks...
PCT Section Hiking in SoCal
Lemonade here: Thanks for the trail name, Deb! I think this one is a keeper. I tried out "Little Engine" for a bit, but last night I introduced myself at camp as Lemonade and its a winner! It fits for the reason you said, "life hands you lemons...", but also because...
PCT: Day 67
Miles today: 12.4 Trail miles: 498.2 Elevation: 5009 Spinning on the turntable: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: The best of everything Today I hiked north and Noelle hiked south! Noelle went up the trail about 25 miles, left the van, and hiked south about 12 miles. I...
PCT: Trail town vs Regular town
Noelle here: Sending hiker resupply boxes to trail towns is so easy. The post offices get it. There are hundreds of other boxes, so they have good systems. Having one of those trail towns send a box backwards to a regular town is not so great. Because I've slowed us...
Noelle here: we came off trail for a couple days to visit friends and get the van's generator fixed. What a treat! Warm showers, clean clothes, great food and fellowship, horses, chickens, a dog & cat, a game of "Life" with their grandkids AND scotch and bourbon...
PCT: blog posts and you! May
Hi readers! Our second full month of PCT hiking is now completed! We really enjoy publishing our daily blog for you to read. It's fun to see your comments as you're journeying along with us. Below is the country break down of who visited our web page during the month...
PCT: Day 62
Miles today: 20.3 Trail miles: 485.8 Elevation: 3067 Spinning on the turntable: The Cranberries: In the End Yesterday it was raining cats and dogs so I opted to sit it out in the van and not hike. We had a big lunch at a salad buffet and then hung out at Starbucks...