Salty sweat is stinging my eyes, making it hard to see; every muscle is sore. But once I round the last snow field, the view is nothing short of spectacular. Was it worth it? Continue reading Gothic Basin: a hike for mountain goats
A 6,260′ summit shouldn’t be this painful. Is it worth it? My lungs are on fire. And who is that yelling? Continue reading Going the distance: Mt. Townsend
“Join us this weekend at one of our favorite outer coast beaches for the lowest tides of the year!” What’s more perfect for tide pooling?
Continue reading Shi Shi Solstice Spectacular
Ah, nature. Clean air. Clean water. Clean…wait…what is that? A used diaper? Continue reading Camp cleaning catharsis
It’s a cold and silent memorial to the United States’ worst rail disaster. Hair is standing up on my neck. It’s more creepy than I had imagined. Time to get moving. Continue reading Ghost trail: Iron Goat
A cool hike nearby at an ancient abbey? And we need something for dinner? Of course I want to join you–when do we leave? Continue reading Hiking in Champagne: Orbais-l’Abbaye
I hear a swooping sound and whip around in time to see a bald eagle coming in for a landing; giant talons are out like landing gear, and huge claws grab the weather tower arm 50′ above me. It eyeballs me; I shudder. Welcome to Disco Park. Continue reading Discovery Park: wildlife up-close