Ozette Loop, Washington Coast, June 20- 21, 2014

My final backpacking trip in Washington before I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico was one of my favorites. A nine mile trek, the Ozette Loop trail took us from Lake Ozette through a coastal forest and thickets to some of the wildest coastline in Washington. This hike had it all– sea stacks, bald eagles, whales, seals, and […]

Astoria and Fort Steven’s State Park

Saturday, January 25th was an abnormally warm day. The sun was shining for the first time in what seemed like months, and the temperature reached 60° on the coast. Friend Sarah and I decided to drive to Astoria, Oregon for the day, visiting the Goonies house and Fort Steven’s State Park, the location of the […]

Nisqually Christmas Hike, 2013

The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places to bird watch in the South Sound area. I never tire of watching the seasons change in this beautiful wetland or awaiting seasonal migrants to appear in the seasonal grasslands and salty tidelands. Here are some of the birds I saw, minus the Northern […]

Staircase, Olympic National Park

A few days after returning from Hurricane Ridge, I went for a small day hike in another area of the Olympic National Park, Staircase, which skirts the Skokomish River. Densely forested, with gorgeous mosses blanketing the forest floor and surrounding trees, I hadn’t visited the area in several years. A beautiful new suspension bridge has […]

Ocean Shores

A couple weekends ago, best buddy Erin Oly and I went to Aberdeen and then to Ocean Shores. We originally went to Aberdeen to go thrift shopping and eat at a local, delicious taco truck. We then decided to drive to Ocean Shores, making it to the beach just before sunset. This was our adventure.