An Oregon Update

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I did a little update and since we’ve been in Oregon for a little over two months I thought now would be a good time to do one. So far we really love Oregon! The weather has be unbelievably beautiful and according to all the locals, this year has been particularly beautiful and by now we’d usually be into the winter rainy season…

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Exploring Artist Point

Artist Point is an extremely accessible (weather permitting) place within North Cascades National Park with a paved road running all the way to the top of the mountain. From the parking area you can wander around the immediate area, use the restrooms, picnic benches or start a hike from the many trailheads surrounding the parking area…

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Backpacking to Winchester Mountain Fire Tower

Phew! Man these last two months have been an absolute whirlwind in the best kind of way. A few weeks ago Michael and I decided to spend some time in the North Cascades during his fall break and this overnight backpacking trip was at the top of our list! While researching the trailhead to the Winchester Mountain Fire Tower, it quickly became evident that the road up to the top is treacherous…

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Exploring Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park might be one of my favorite spaces I’ve visited so far in Oregon. With the expansive coast and views of the mountains running into the beaches it’s hard to beat. It’s a $5 entrance fee to get into the park. Once you’re in the park I recommend hiking down to Crescent Beach at low tide to check out the tide pools and lay in the sun (if the suns out).

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Exploring Calaveras Big Trees State Park

On our way home from an amazing weekend in Bear Valley, Kaila, Tanin and I stopped by Calaveras Big Trees State Park to see the North Grove of Giant Sequoias and man were they giant! The North Grove was the first grove to be protected in the state park in 1931. This grove includes the first Sierra redwood "Discovery Tree," noted in 1852 and the bigger south grove was incorporated into the park in 1954. 

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Leave No Trace’s New Social Media Guidance

Leave No Trace (LNT) just released new social media guidance concerning tagging and sharing our favorite outdoor spaces and places on social media. This has been a tough subject for me. I essentially launched my blog six years ago with the hope that sharing my hikes and adventures would inspire people to get outside and enjoy the amazing places Virginia had to offer.  Because of this I geotagged every post, gave detailed directions to every hidden spot and more…

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