Backpacking California’s Lost Coast Trail

Trip information The Lost Coast trail is in the King Range National Conservation Area. It is rugged and remote – there are no roads between the two trailheads. Trip length: 24.6 miles one way Time to hike: 3-4 days Trailheads: Shelter Cove (south end) or Mattole Beach (north end) Reservations: Not needed. A walk-in permit…

30 Days in Alaska – Lake Telaquana

So finally, after 2 years of thinking about it and planning it and molding our lives around it, we arrived at our dream-now-a-reality. Thirty days in the Alaskan wilderness. We were dropped off on Lake Telaquana in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. We stayed the first night in an abandoned cabin (free to use…

30 Days in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska – the Approach

As you may have seen in my previous post, Dan and I spent 30 days in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Lake Clark NP covers 2.6 million acres and only sees about 18,000 visitors a year. As a comparison, Yellowstone National Park covers 2.2 million acres and sees about 4.1 million visitors a year….

Driving to Alaska and Other Adventures

After 8,159 miles, we are home. We drove up to Alaska in 6 days (~59 hours), via the Alaska Highway. The best part of the drive up was seeing lots of animals: And driving the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper National Parks: We got into a float plane: I thought I was going to…

Red Breaks Canyon -Escalante, Utah

The best canyon of our desert road trip was Red Breaks Canyon in Escalante, Utah. Roadtrip Ryan summarized the canyon as having “big views, tight narrows, up climbing challenges, navigation fun, and stunning colors,” and also called it “exquisite.” Sold! The night before we drove in 6 miles on Old Sheffield road (a well-maintained dirt road)…

Angel’s Landing Hike – Zion National Park

After our trip into the Maze district of Canyonlands National Park we had planned to do some canyoneering in Escalante, Utah. But the three day forecast called for rain so we moved up our plan for visiting Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. We spent a half day at Bryce National Park and…

Not Mind Bender Canyon

Dan and I just got back from a two week road trip roaming around the desert. We lived out of our car and ate our weight in Doritos and Mega Stuf Oreos and hiked and canyoneered and climbed and it was awesome. The first thing on our list was the “Not Mind Bender” canyon in…

A Moab Weekend

This weekend Dan and I went with another couple to Moab for the weekend. I was again reminded why it is one of my favorite places in the world. We got in late Thursday night and had the fun of driving by many full campsites on route 128. We drove about 20 minutes and then…

Let’s Remodel a Kitchen

Here we are, ready or not – it’s kitchen remodel time. It’s our first time doing something like this, but since we [we = Dan] are doing pretty much everything ourselves I thought I would write a bit about what the process has looked like so far. How do you even start? I wish I…

Kitchen Remodel and Food Prep

Aren’t those two fun things for a weekend? Weekends have become kind of meaningless at this point since I have been working at least one weekend day. And this weekend I worked both days. I really like having days off during the week if we don’t have any travel plans. And typically things are a…