It’s just a few minutes past 1pm and I have spent the last thirty minutes leaning back on a pile of pumice rock relaxing and enjoying the scenery. My legs are out stretched with one leg over the other balanced on another small pumice rock and my hands are sleeping in my pants pockets. The sun is just over head and I know it going to leave its mark on me after this little a … [Read more...] about Lessons on the Loowit: Our Mount St. Helens Climb
This was a pretty fun winter backpacking trip we had in January. The weather was terrible all over Washington State, with the exception of Blewitt Pass and northeastern Washington. We elected to explore Blewitt Pass because it was a closer driving distance. We arrived at the parking lot and it was 15 degrees outside with everything was frozen. Everyone was ready to get out of … [Read more...] about Kids….Let’s go backpacking in the middle of winter!
My goal was to take three particular cousins (all different parents) backpacking because they were all boys and close to the same age. Plus, I'm kind of partial to these three boys. One of them was my son (11), one was my nephew Sam (11) who has hiked with us often, and my nephew Tyson (9), who I wrote about here. I decided we would backpack into Lena Lake, a three mile … [Read more...] about Lena Lake – Cousins Make Great Backpacking Companions
This destination is a great choice with kids of varying ages. In June, when much of the mountainous regions of the Pacific Northwest were still covered in snow, we headed for the coast. Having just backpacked the Ozette Triangle, we decided to explore Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches, about ten miles to the north. We spent three and a half days exploring this wild … [Read more...] about Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches – Where a kid can explore for days!
During spring break, we spent three days backpacking from the Northern point of Oregon called South Jetty to Ecola State Park, approximately 22 miles, and we had a blast. I don’t say that too lightly. The weather was not kid friendly, but instead a high of 50 and rain that would come and go for two days and never leave on the third day and yet the kids had so much fun. Click h … [Read more...] about Oregon Coast Trail – South Jetty to Ecola State Park