The pictured peak didn’t earn this name from a lack of beauty or lack of effort required to climb it, of which, both are substantial. Rather, the name derives from the feeling that washes over climbers upon reaching the top. The feeling of utter and overwhelming… insignificance by measure of all that surrounds you. Oh, and from the secret journal stored at its peak. My hike had ended. In fact it had ended 4 times. First time was when I reached the lake that I’d driven out to
If you're tired of reading long stories about adventures you didn't take part in (I wholeheartedly understand) then here is the TLDR:
-Best quick hike in Oregon
-Do it. Do it now! Ok, for the few of you who are interested in how this all went down, here's the story. Even though I love hiking and being outdoors, I'm quite picky about when I choose to partake in the endeavor. Too hot, too cold, too windy, and (this is the biggy) cloudy skies = no bueno in my book. So when
It seems like every country has their own version of the Alps.
While living in Gangneung, the Korean Alps (Seoraksan) was only a short drive away. Earlier this year I was fortunate enough see Japan's Alps (Kamikochi) on its opening day And now I've been to the American Alps (Cascade Pass in Washington). Although I STILL haven't seen the original Alps, I can definitely say that of the 3 I have seen, this was by far my favorite (American Bias Alert!)
I don't think I was th
OK, the title on this one may be a bit much, but it makes some sense in the context of the forthcoming adventure story (well sorta). While the hike into and up the Cutthroat basin wasn't especially difficult on paper, it somehow turned into a trek of the eternal "just a little bit farther..."
You never know what will be around the bend when you're hiking in new territory. Sometimes the payoff at the top is breathtaking. Other times all you can say is, "Well, at least I go
Oregon's most populous city is well known for having the most breweries per capita of any city in the world (84 in the Portland Metro Area). It also has the more dubious distinction of running the most strip clubs per capita as well. In true Portland fashion, one notable establishment "serves only vegan food and allows its strippers to shed only non-animal-based clothing". You'll have to choke your chicken elsewhere. In addition to the breweries and strip clubs, we should
Everyone likes to share the highlights of their trips and brag about the amazing times they had while abroad/traveling/etc. However, we often suffer from "Travel Amnesia", whereby we're only able to conjure up happy memories from our adventures and our mind omits the not so fun parts such as the 8 hour layover, trash everywhere, shitty hotels, obnoxious people, car breakdowns, and paying the tourist price.
Thankfully, I didn't have to go through any of that on my latest tr
You have the perfect shot in your mind. You can picture the frame and know just the right angle. The lighting is right and nobody is standing in your way. However, sometimes it just doesn't quite work out. Some shots are just too beautiful to capture in a photo. Your shot just doesn't do it justice.
Maybe I'll be more skilled in the future. Maybe technology will advance to allow better and new methods of digital capture. But for now, sometimes it's just best to see
What make it Great:
+Incredible rock formations and vantage points
+Rewarding 7 mile hike that's not too tough, but defintely gets the blood flowing
+Located right off of the 5 Interstate Not so Great:
-not exactly a central location for most folks
-modest park fee to access the hike Pro Tip:
+If you have a purifier, there's a natural spring halfway up the hike. Nice spot to refill your water and chill in the shade.
+Just up the road in the tiny town of Dunsmuir is a
Why it's Great: +This trail has it all: Old growth redwoods, grassy meadows, and beautiful beach scenery
+Not a busy trail so you'll likely have it all to yourself
+The hike in is all downhill Not so Great:
-The hike out is all uphill -Bikes are allowed on trail so keep an eye out
-The trail isn't well marked so it can be a bit difficult to find
Up at the northern end of Prairie Creek among all the old growth redwood groves is a nondescript trail head that leads down t
Why it's Great:
+Beautiful trail and well restored historical sites
+Dogs aren't allowed on the last (best) section of the trail
Not so Great: -Dogs aren't allowed on the last (best) section of the trail
-11 miles round trip is a bit long for some folks -first few miles aren't anything special to look at
Hot Tip: Bring a bike and ride the first section, then enjoy your stroll up to the old growth trees. Efficient and get the best of both worlds. #Nature #oldgro