Exploring the Outdoors Around Us
10 Things I learned in my first 1000 miles on the PCT

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

Walk the Pacific Crest Trail With Us

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Recent Hiking Articles

From trip & gear planning to weight loss reports.  Learn about our favorite hikes and backpacking spots.

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

Goal Setting for the PCT and why I hike

Goal setting for hiking or working or relationships or just living have been a huge part of my life.  Noelle here, by the way.  Deciding to hike the Pacific Crest Trail was no different.  How would I break up a huge goal into smaller more manageable...

PCT: VLOG Episode 11

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

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

PCT: VLOG Episode 10

Episode 10 Episode 10 with commentary (Come on, admit it, you miss us! We miss you too!)

PCT vistas

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!

Backpacking Gallery

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