Our first big hike of the trip was through Cascade Canyon to Lake Solitude, on day 5 of our cross-country road trip. (In case you’ve missed the others, here’s Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4!) The trailhead begins at the far shore of Jenny Lake. You can either take a boat across the lake or hike two… View Post
On Day 4 we woke up early, ready to head to Grand Teton National Park! This was one of the places I was most excited for on our trip, so I couldn’t wait to get there. We were planning on camping for four nights in order to have time to really enjoy the park!
We had another ambitious goal for Day 3 of our cross-country road trip – we wanted to reach the town of Dubois, Wyoming, about 45 minutes outside of Grand Teton National Park, and of course had several stops planned along the way. We got an early start and headed for Wildlife Loop Road in Custer State Park, hoping to spot our… View Post
Our second day of our cross-country road trip began with a quick stop to see Sioux Falls, where we’d spent our first night. Then we were on our way to drive across the state of South Dakota. Our goal was to get to Custer State Park and camp for the night. We had several great stops along the way!
A year ago today, J and I started a cross-country road trip from Indiana to Ohio. We’d been dating long-distance for a year and a half, and I’d made the decision to find a job in Seattle and make the move! We took this opportunity to plan a two-week road trip across the U.S. and stop and enjoy as many National Parks… View Post
Pike Place is once of my favorite places in Seattle. I could spend hours there wandering around all the stalls, shops, and restaurants! In fact, when we have friends visiting during the week, I often send them there during the day while I’m at work and they always have fun exploring. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite… View Post
I love the Space Needle – it’s such a fun addition to the Seattle skyline that really makes it unique! It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi, which is kind of hard to believe! We’ve had a lot of friends visiting this summer, so I’ve had a couple opportunities… View Post
Another great hike at Mount Rainier is Comet Falls. We hiked this one in the fall, and it’s a short but challenging hike with lots of smaller waterfalls along the way. The trail was rocky and fairly steep, gaining 1250 feet of elevation in just under two miles.
Last weekend we decided to take advantage of the extra day off and go backpacking. We’d gone on our first backpacking adventure last fall to Waptus Lake, which was a long and grueling hike, and I struggled a lot. This time we opted for a shorter hike that we’d done before, so that we’d know what to expect. Over Memorial Day… View Post
Last weekend’s adventure took us back to beautiful Mount Rainier. Two of my good friends, Chris and Kate, were visiting, and it was a weekend full of laughter and catching up with the two of them. I wanted to show them my favorite parts of my new city, which included getting some hiking in! We picked the Skyline Trail, which… View Post