Tenaja Canyon Trail

It can be hard to see in these times of stupidity, just how lucky we are. Trump just led the charge to reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument — a place that has been protected for the past 21 years, the majority of my life. National parks and monuments, I had assumed were […]

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Oriflamme Canyon and Pinyon Mountain Valley

Today was the exploration of two areas which are fairly close together, Oriflamme Canyon and Pinyon Mountain Valley. I started with a ride out Oriflamme Canyon, which I’m hoping to do as a loop trip at some point. The second ride of the day was out Pinyon Mountain Valley, which I greatly enjoyed. The desert […]

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Pinyon Wash and Coyote Canyon in Anza Borrego

I have a strong desire to propel myself through a landscape, which usually takes the form of hiking or backpacking in the wilderness. In southern California, where fewer opportunities exist for such activity, I’ve had to find other ways. My main goal currently is to explore the many dirt roads and paths through the desert areas […]

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Slow Down

Since the returning from New Years, a nice, blissfully slow day of relaxation, I’ve been working like crazy. Not only have I had quite a bit of work, but I’ve also been working quickly on things. Last weekend, I worked straight through the weekend like they were just normal workdays and I’ve had several 10-12 […]

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Landscape, Time, and Exploration

It may have been pouring rain, but the itch to explore the folds and crimps in the Pacific Northwest Landscape is still strong. I drove from my parents’ place in Packwood, WA back to Tacoma this afternoon, after a layer of snow coated everything a few hundred feet above the misty valley bottom. The snow […]

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Even Failure Can Be Bliss

It was a warm 91 degrees when I got out of the car, but I was still itching to get started on my 2,000 foot climb up Lusardi Road. In order to be happy, I personally need to frequently get out and move across a map under my own power, ideally in a natural setting. […]

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The Best Sections of the Pacific Crest Trail

The best, most scenic long sections of the PCT.

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Chain Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

The Chain Lakes have always been on my radar. I always assumed that I would approach from Leavenworth and Icicle Creek, but I realized that I could easily get there from Stevens Pass as well. The first couple miles of the route from Stevens Pass is through a ski area and crosses under powerlines, so […]

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Too Much Good Stuff

If you’re exhausted and happy, you’re doing something right.

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Mountain Bikes Should Not Be Allowed in Wilderness. Let’s Find a Solution

I love the outdoors — I thoroughly enjoy cycling, mountain biking, hiking, and any other excuse for getting outside and wearing myself out. My interest in mountain biking has also grown recently, since my time is limited now that I’m a parent, and biking presents an opportunity to get out on little adventures more rapidly. […]

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