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Our Love of the Outdoors

Our first backpacking experience was in the late 90’s as we hiked around Washington’s Mt Rainier on The Wonderland Trail.  It was super difficult having elevation gains & losses at the equivalent of ascending/descending the mountain twice!  We were hooked.  We’ve done many day and weekend hikes since then.  In 2019 we set out to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, stretching from the boarder of California and Mexico all the way up to the boarder of Washington and Canada.  What a crazy ride that was, even when it didn’t go according to plan.  The foundation of our marriage is rooted in dirt, stream crossings and long meandering paths.  It’s a good life!

Hiking History Over the Years

We hike to be outdoors, to experience nature in all her beauty, to connect with each other and with other hikers.  Hiking fills us with peace and exhilaration for what our bodies can accomplish. Lots of miles = lots of trail snacks!  That’s another great bonus!

Pairs of Trail Shoes

Nights in the Wilderness

Hamburgers enjoyed after hiking

Tents Owned

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Glacier National Park: Visiting during a Pandemic Year

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...

Kootenai Falls, Montana:  Stop here!

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...

Missing the PCT

Missing the PCT

Noelle here: I’m greatly missing the Pacific Crest Trail today. The Northern terminus but not our end I’m missing the peace, the friendships, the physical hardness, the mountains, lakes, valleys. I’m missing all of it. It’s been stressful and chaotic since we’ve been...

PCT: VLOG: Episode 12

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

Day 171 of the PCT

Closing in on the Washington and Canada border.  It’s a cold, rainy, wintery day.  Hiking is a gift and a challenge.  Come along for the journey!

Closing in on the Washington and Canada border.  It's a cold, rainy, wintery day.  Hiking is a gift and a challenge.  Come along for the journey!

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The desert
Trail Bridge
Forest in Washington on the PCT
Soft dirt trail