Trail Runnin’

This last weekend, the fam and I headed out to the coast for a little vacay. My mother-in-law came down on Friday and we all drove out together. A couple of hours of ‘are we there yet?’ from Portmandia Jr. and we arrived at our shack by the ocean. Sadly, shack turned out to be the operative word as we realized that we’d fallen for a rather creative Airbnb listing. Continue reading Trail Runnin’

Columbia Gorge Loop (Day 3: Wahtum Lake & Eagle Creek)

broken_water_filterFor me, backpacking seems to be one of those activities that never goes according to plan. I don’t think that I have ever managed to do exactly what I had planned, and this latest trip was no exception. This time, I was alone and that made things a little different. I didn’t have to worry about anyone else, which freed me to make faster decisions. This also meant that I didn’t have anyone to support me, so if things went poorly, they could go very poorly indeed.

Continue reading Columbia Gorge Loop (Day 3: Wahtum Lake & Eagle Creek)

Columbia Gorge Loop (Day 2: Nick Eaton Ridge)

folded_gorge_mapThis is the second installment of the trail journal that I kept while backpacking alone in the Columbia River Gorge. I’d wanted to hike this particular loop for years, and the occasion of my 42nd birthday was the perfect excuse to head out alone. It was also a chance to find out how I fared alone on the trail, alone with my thoughts and the wild.

I started my day alone and in good spirits

Continue reading Columbia Gorge Loop (Day 2: Nick Eaton Ridge)

Trying hard not to 'do it wrong.'