Tag: PNW

The Grand Loop – Olympic National Park

Labor Day weekend seemed to be the last opportunity we had for a “big” trip this summer.  The weather forecast was promising, so we went ahead and decided to trek the long-awaited Grand Pass Loop in Olympic National Park. This would be 46 miles… Continue Reading “The Grand Loop – Olympic National Park”

Kautz/Wonderland/Ramparts Loop

There are endless loops in Mt Rainier National Park that will allow you some challenging day runs/treks and boast fabulous views. This 13.5 mile loop doesn’t warrant a long entry, but is certainly worth mentioning, and showing off a few photos of the lovely… Continue Reading “Kautz/Wonderland/Ramparts Loop”

Earl Peak and Navaho Pass

Once again, we had multiple options for this day’s excursion. We had high hopes for a scenic loop in Mt Rainier National Park, but the weather seemed sketchy and we weren’t in the mood for the early morning rise that was needed to ensure… Continue Reading “Earl Peak and Navaho Pass”

French Ridge – Testing Bushwhacking Skills

It seems that the more you change your plans the harder something is to plan… go figure… but in the end it always seems to work out! This traverse had been re-planned probably three times before we finally just walked into the Ranger Station… Continue Reading “French Ridge – Testing Bushwhacking Skills”

Herman Creek to Eagle Creek via the PCT

The Columbia River Gorge is breathtaking any way you look at it. I am lucky enough to live within a half day’s drive to Oregon, so exploration of endless loops and treks in the area are at my fingertips. Eagle Creek is one of… Continue Reading “Herman Creek to Eagle Creek via the PCT”

Rogue River: Testing Endurance

We went round and round about this trip. Forty miles in two days along the magnificent Rogue River in Oregon… The last time I completed a long back-to-back trip was on the Eastern Loop on Mt Rainier, and I ended up injured for two… Continue Reading “Rogue River: Testing Endurance”

Silver Star Scenic Area

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be able to test my technical skills over a mere 6 miles of the extensive Silver Star Scenic Area in southern Washington. Not only trail running skills, but driving skills as well! I’ve seen warnings… Continue Reading “Silver Star Scenic Area”

First Half Marathon! … And Maybe My Last!

My last installment was speaking to my love for trail running, how it helps me on so many levels, and that I was curious how I would do in a half marathon I was considering to run in February. Two months later I’ve made… Continue Reading “First Half Marathon! … And Maybe My Last!”

Nascent 

Nascent: just beginning, budding, developing, growing, embryonic, incipient, young, fledgling, evolving, emergent, dawning, burgeoning. This is the perfect word for me this past year. Yesterday’s run made me realize more than ever how far I’ve grown, developed, evolved, etc… etc… Not only physically, but as a… Continue Reading “Nascent “

2015’s Traverse [Part 3]

So maybe I pushed myself a little hard on those 37 miles on the Eastern Loop. I felt great at the time, and other than a missing toenail (don’t kick rocks when running) I didn’t think any damage had been done. Annette Lake and… Continue Reading “2015’s Traverse [Part 3]”