dayhikes

Dayhiking the North Cascades–Boston Basin

I was really up for a weekend of camping in the North Cascades over Labor Day weekend, but I knew that there would just be too many people out. All of the last few holiday weekends have led to careless behavior and surges in the pandemic.  The responsible thing was to stay away from the throngs.  So I hoped that on Labor Day itself, people would be heading home and I could get in a…

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Ozette Backpacking 2020

Backpacking Washingtons Wilderness Coast part 3|3

Day 6 – Cedar Creek to Yellow Banks It rained all night and was still steadily coming down when I arose. I packed up and cooked breakfast in the rain.  I slipped and slide my way down the bluff in the rain. I began my return journey up the beach in the rain.  The tide was well out at this point and since this was to be the longest days hike, over what I knew…

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Ozette Backpacking 2020

Backpacking Washingtons Wilderness Coast part 2|3

Day 3 – Yellow Banks to Norwegian Memorial I awoke to a sunny morning high on the Yellow Banks. The soothing sound of the sea in its continuous restless motion had brought on a good nights sleep.  This would prove to be of great value as this was the most difficult day of hiking of this trip.  I broke camp and loaded up my backpack finally really getting everything optimally sorted with my pack.  I…

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Ozette Backpacking 2020

Backpacking Washingtons Wilderness Coast part 1|3

In the long summer days my thoughts often turn to the mountains, the forests, the waters and the solitude and immediacy such places reveal. Traveling day after day under one’s own power, truly being in these places and seeing the surroundings at a pace that you can absorb them, following a schedule of one’s own inclinations, and being able to respond to the inscrutable exhortations of your soul. This year everything of course is uncertain,…

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dayhikes North Cascades Overnight

Sauk Mountain Day Hike

I only have evening duties at the monastery on Mondays so I often try to get out for most of the day.  Primarily I have been doing day hikes on Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands, but every so often, if I leave early enough, I drive to the edge of the North Cascades. On this Monday I did a popular hike up Sauk Mountain which is pretty much the Westernmost peak of the North Cascades. Getting…

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Baker Lake – First Foray

Growing up on Fidalgo and Whidbey Island the North Cascades were frequent destinations. Skiing on Mount Baker, hiking in the North Cascades, rafting on the Skagit River, camping around Baker Lake. In my teens we would waterski on Baker Lake and the other lakes in the area.  Over the years my forays into the outdoors shifted from the use of the outdoors toward being in the outdoors and as I’ve moved back to the Islands I’ve been…

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Ride Reports

Social Distance Cycling Club Ride 1 – Ebey’s Landing/Fort Casey

First ride of Swift Industries Social Distancing Cycling Club. In this club we all ride around the same time, but on our own. You can read about it and watch the launch video in this Seattle Bike Blog post Swift Industries launching Social Distancing Cycling Club. The club is hosted on the Strava Website which supports cycling clubs with route mapping, chat, statistics and such. A lot more competitive ride oriented than really does much for…

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Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing 2020

I had intended for 2020 to be a strong year of snowshoeing. Regular readers known of my penchant for the mountains, hiking and biking in them in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter.  The mountains are a magical, spiritual place that I must return to time and again.  I’ve been snowshoeing with the Mountaineers for three years now and am right on the cusp of completing my Backcountry Snowshoeing badge.  . While I don’t worry…

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Tour2019

Tour 2019 – Day 32

I wake every morning the same person. Same life- history, same mind, same eyes looking. Some- times, when the boredom seems  almost endless, I walk out among mountains the same mountains, sky sky, and I understand them perfectly. -David Hinton from Desert: Poems   Time after time after time In one, not even particularly long, day I would unwind my whole month of travel. Around 8:30am I made my way to Epic Mountain Sports where…

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