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How to get Backpacking Gear on a Budget

February 5, 2018
Backpacking gear does not have to be expensive! Follow my tips to enjoy nature without breaking the bank!

Nature is awesome, man. Is there anything more inspirational than those ad campaigns from REI? A beautiful and giant mountain or forest with a fit human thrown in for scale. Pictures like that really help to put into perspective how big the world truly is. Backpacking and hiking are amazing outlets to get out of hectic lives

The truth is, while you don’t need all the fancy hiking and backpacking gear, you do need some basic things. Things like hiking boots, comfortable socks, first aid kit, and sleeping bag, etc. are pretty much non negotiable. But have you ever price checked all of that stuff? As I talked about in this post about making extra money, gear is expensive, yo. I didn’t realize a hobby that can help you enjoy things for free (nature) would cost so much! The nice thing is, is once you have a lot of the gear it will last you a long time. Since I am on a budget these are some of the tips I employed to get started, and I hope they can help you as well! Continue Reading

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Snowshoeing at Annette Lake

January 15, 2018
Annette Lake is a must-see snowshoe hike for a winter hike with Alpine Lake and mountain views in the Pacific Northwest #PNW #snowshoeing #Washingtonstatehikes

My visions of snowshoeing started at as a young girl flipping through the pages of my parent’s LL Bean catalog. I always envisioned myself wearing dark neutral colors from “the Bean’s” color palette of choice with wood and leather tennis rackets strapped to my feet. *Cue record scratch sound effect*. However, that is not now my first snow shoeing experience went down.  Continue Reading

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The Hiking Diaries: Beckler Peak

December 19, 2017
Beckler Peak is a must-see hike for a winter hike in the Pacific Northwest

Welcome to The Hiking Diaries, my series that takes you along on my adventures through the mountains. This week I will be sharing the beauty of the Beckler Peak area, what we experienced, and the triumphs and failures along the way. Check out Lake Ingalls and Talapus Lake here.  From every hiking trip there is a lesson to be learned to apply to the next trip. While camping and hiking is fun and relaxing, there are many dangers so it is important to always be prepared.

This week’s views are brought to you by the beautiful Beckler Peak trail. Located right off Steven’s Pass near Skykomish this hike is about 2 hours outside of Seattle. Getting up to the trailhead is a bit tricky in itself. With all the snow and ice I highly recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle. I’m not sure we would have made it up with out it. Continue Reading

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Road Trip Through the American West

December 11, 2017

I think every relationship should go through a road trip test. This is different from any other type of travel test. There is something about multiple hours in a confined space (where you can’t get away) that can tell you a lot about another person. From agreeing on what to eat, what to listen to, and even the car temperature there is a lot that could cause a fight. I went into our cross country road trip a little nervous for those very reasons. To be honest I think he did too. You can imagine both of our surprise when not only did we not fight but we wish the trip could have been longer! Continue Reading