I put these in chronological order, the best is in the end. The best to me is the stuff that you know COULD happen but you never know if you are going to experience it. This little wildfire was going before we got to camp, I was worried about it because you never know what Mother Nature is up to. It grew a bit over night to what I captured here. 🏔🔥 #pnwonderland#PNW#upperleftusa#mtrainier#mtrainiernationalpark#wonderlandtrail
I love when the views from the trail are just as beautiful as the views from the final destination. It makes hikes with 4,000’ of elevation gain just a little less suffer-y 🙌
(Note: this photo was taken on 9/29, for current conditions in the North Cascades, check out www.nps.gov/noca or @washingtontrails. Conditions can change quickly this time of year!)
Was able to get to a new part of the Wonderland Trail at Mt Rainier this past weekend thanks to continued beautiful fall weather. Past fall color peak and started my hike below freezing temps but so grateful for one last adventure on my favorite mountain. Soon snows will close most of the trails till next spring. Don’t think I can be separated from my mountain for 4-5 months, snowshoes are top of my Christmas list this year. #runsteepgethigh#mountainview#mtrainier#optoutside#themountainisout#wonderlandtrail
We hiked the Wonderland trail in #Acadia today and it was perfect! We popped out of the woods to this view!
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We are all humans and nobody is perfect. Lets not take the things and people we have for granted because one day we may wake up and those things or that person may not be around.
There’s no need to get upset at the things we have no control. If something does get us upset, perhaps instead of blaming “that person” or situation, we can use this as an opportunity to dig within and see what this person or situation is triggering within us.
We can learn from others and realized that sometimes it’s us we need to focus on changing and not the environment around us to fit our needs. 🙏 #Selfdevelopment#graditude#wonderlandtrail#mtrainiernationalpark
Celebrating 14 years married to this dude @finnthevan today. This is us on the Wonderland Trail. He likes to tell me 9 days backpacking is a vacation, I like to make him listen to drum corps. He likes mountain biking and I like trail running. We both like cool cars and Wes Anderson movies. We disagree on which movies are most quotable. Our kids are our most favorite people. We bought a sailboat this year and don’t really know what we are doing. We frequently get lost on forest service roads. Traveling with us will always be an adventure. Just ask the kids. Life never goes how we think but it’s the only one we’ve got so we celebrate all of it. #pnw#pnwlife#wonderlandtrail#mtrainier#happyanniversary#wearegettimgold
Mixed bag with the weather. In and out of the mist. This is just past Panhandle gap and toward Cowlitz divide. I felt like I was on top of the world😊 Wonderland Trail
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Yum...I couldn’t get enough of these sweet huckleberries they were everywhere. Early September the flowers are almost gone and the berries are alive. This is Reflection Lake, it goes right through the Wonderland trail.
SOUND ON FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST SONGS EVER CONCEIVED. OUR EARS WILL BE FOREVER BLESSED 😜
This was my favorite day on the trail- hands down. The scenery was unreal. We hiked through Spray Park and were absolutely blown away with how beautiful it was. If you are planning a Wonderland Trail hike and debating the Spray Park alt route, I would say it’s an absolute must. We crossed over countless streams and waterfalls, through wild berry meadows with epic views of Rainier and a lush fairytale-esque forest, around a crystal clear lake and on and on. The sky was clear and the temps were mild. It was such a perfect day. Quite a contrast to what our fourth and final day would have in store for us. Brandon and I parted ways with Arnie and Sam at Mowich Lake. We picked up our resupply and headed down towards the South Mowich River camp. The camp was situated in a mossy green forest- reminiscent of the Hoh Rainforest. We setup camp for the night weary of the forecast for the next few days. As fate would have it we awoke to heavy precipitation. With rain pouring down around us we cooked breakfast in our vestibules and mentally prepared ourselves to battle the elements. But as the morning progressed Brandon began to feel ill and started to vomit. We debated pushing on but ultimately decided it was best to hike back up to the lake and look for a ride. We have never quit a hike before and it was a tough decision and ate away at me for a few days. But in the end it was the right choice. I guess part of it all is knowing when to throw in the towel and not put yourself in danger. We were approaching some of our hardest days of hiking and the forecast called for heavy rain, thunderstorms and snow. Definitely not ideal hiking conditions- especially when you are sick. We will return someday to finish what we started. At the end of the day we still had a blast and got to experience some amazing terrain. Until next time. Happy Trails y’all ✌🏼
hard cuts by @gabriel277
How accomplishing a big goal is like eating a large pizza. 🤤
Step 1: cut the pizza in slices (break down the goal into a plan).
Step 2: grab a piece and start eating it one bite at a time (start working on one thing at a time).
Step 3: at a certain point you will realize you are starting to get full and will probably start to offer pizza or put it away for later (ask for help and if you’re too overwhelmed take a break and try again the next day).
What would happen if we try to eat a pizza all at once? We will probably choke right? Well, that is kind of like trying to do something all at once, you will burn out. In the past when I’ve tried to do it all at once or just focus on the destination I have found that it can be mentally overwhelming trying to achieve something. It can easily lead to mental and physical fatigue.
Let’s not get frustrated when things are not working out for us. Remember, we can truly accomplish anything we set our mind to, but we do so by putting in the work one step at a time consistently.
Alright, all this pizza talking is making me hungry. I guess since it’s Friday it will be a perfect day to have some pizza! Have a wonderful day my friends! ♥️
Wonderland Trail [Day 8/ 8]. The last day! A great sunny hike back to Longmire. Grabbed a beer at the trailhead restaurant and realized we both really needed a shower with @phteven_douglas. Wonderland Trail is magical.
Stoke Level: SUPER DUPER HIGH UP THERE😎
Thru-hiking the Wonderland Trail was one of the most memorable experiences in my life so far, and I'm still digesting it while sitting at my work.
My Suunto went out of battery on the last day so the loop couldn't be completed, but that's the beauty of being in nature and disconnected from the digital world (but why am i searching for portable solar panels?).
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It’s up! Our day five blog post about the Wonderland is up (linked in our profile 👆🏻) and with that the story is complete. For me day five was a magical day because we got up before the sun and after thousands of miles of hiking I know that the best times of day are sunrise and sunset. We got to experience a misty morning sunrise from the Cowlitz Ridge and it was golden and dew-laden.
Our last day was a long day and right towards the end we had a massive climb up Stevens Canyon to reach Reflection Lakes. I was trying to keep my mind busy by retelling myself the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean but I kept getting distracted. Finally I asked Kyle and Molly if I could retell it out loud (Josh was miles ahead of us at that point, probably sunbathing at Reflection Lakes). They applauded the idea and so I began the two hour retelling of a movie I have probably seen too many times. Molly had many key assists, including the blacksmith’s (how could I forget it?) quote, “Just doing my civic duty, sir.” I was actually shocked when we reached Reflection Lakes, I had been so deep into the story telling the time and the miles and the elevation had flown by. So, goal for future long trips - assign different people in the group different movies to memorize and then save them for a hard day or a long climb. What an amazing way to pass the time. Also - Kyle watched POTC the next week when he was sick and he had to admit, Molly and I got it pretty spot on.
Also stay tuned to our stories! We have some pretty exciting weekend adventures which I will be sharing with you soon!
We headed toward Mystic Lake where we would stop for a picturesque lunch along the shores. We quietly ate, listening to our book on tape and admiring the scenery. The clouds grew more ominous as we packed up and we decided to throw on our rain gear just in case we got dumped on. After a steep climb up from the lake, we descended into a beautiful meadow and towards endless amounts of wild blueberries (and huckleberries!). We giddily picked and ate the fresh fruit from the bush as we hiked along. We were headed for Cataract Valley to camp for the evening but would first need to cross the roaring Carbon River- a glacial River spewing from the mighty Carbon Glacier nearby...
MUCH needed mid-hike self-care sesh
1️⃣ put a band-aid and Neosporin on the knee
2️⃣ massage both rolled ankle
3️⃣ pack trashes
4️⃣ make myself a boosted cup of afternoon coffee
5️⃣ pop an Advil to proceed
7/7/2018: Klapatche Park to Pyramid Creek (13mi / 20.9km, Elevation Gain & Loss: 1040m & 1586m, Total distance: 56.9mi / 91.6km)
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