The Eagle Cap Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Oregon. It's basically in Idaho and in the middle of nowhere. The trailhead is also about 8 hours from Portland, so Logan (@her.oregon.life) recommends you give yourself at least 3 days to enjoy the mountains here when you come.
We were 9 days deep into the Himalayas. Hiking on average about 6 hours a day. And on April 11th, 2017 I was 17,598ft in the sky, at the base of the largest mountain in the world. I celebrated with my wonderful group of trekking partners and our two guides I met from Himalayan Wonders. We all had made it. How, you ask? A strong combination of desire, jokes, and knowing what to pack.
With no plans for Memorial Day weekend, I started to come down with the blues on Friday. I was missing my man and feeling like I was going to have the worst Memorial Day Staycation while all my friends were out and about. What cured these sad thoughts? BEING OUTSIDE. and realizing how grateful I am to be living exactly how I am currently.
This weekend was pretty uneventful. I defaulted to looking at photos and playing computer games while staying in. In the midst of tidying up my Photos Library I realized I didn't share our first camping trip of the season with our friends Kayla and Matt. I want NOTHING more than to be back in this sunshine and be dirty and scraped up from tripping over rocks, watching the sun set over Lake Wenatchee. The campground was at the state park, and although I usually prefer solitude of backpacking camping I was pleasantly surprised with how empty it was. I have my eye on a campsite at Glacier View next time were up that way. Check out the end of this post for some more camping tips :) I can't even recall the details of how it became decided to go to Lake Wenatchee, but we got the car packed up and headed east Friday after work. Got camp set up and busted out a board game. Mya joined us for a bit before she passed out in Kayla's arms.
We had talked my dad into coming over to Leavenworth to visit, so after some oatmeal in my Jetboil we drove around a bit and then went into town. This is where we stopped at the campsite on the other end of the lake, Glacier View Campground. Apparently this end sits in a little cove with little to no wind and attracts LOTS of mosquitos, we were in love with the views that a lot of the campsites had. We will be back to stay for sure after June when the bugs aren't so bad.
My dad rode over on his Indian and got his usual KOA campsite so we went to go hammock for a bit after our lunch at Fresh Burger Cafe– Not your typical german food but these guys know how to put together an amazing burger.
We decided to check out Hidden Lake, a small hike near Lake Wenatchee. We had a great time stumbling through the woods. It really ended our trip with a bang.
Some of my other favorite shots from this weekend were when we got back from our hike and went for a walk.
What a nice weekend. Can't wait to be back outdoors next weekend. If anyone is a late planner and wants to join us for Memorial Day Weekend get in touch :)
I'm excited to start compiling my favorite campsites this summer, and i'll be sure to share them all here and link to posts in the future!
Lake Diablo, Colonial Creek Campground
Lake Wenatchee - Glacier View Campground
(Don't forget bugspray!)
Lake Chelan - Can anyone PLEASE help me get to the "boat in" campgrounds here??
Photo to come! ;)
Was the greatest. (My posts seem to always have that opening statement, but I swear something about this night...) It was such a reward to be done with school today and just RELAX. I feel like it was the first night since we got back from Montana that we actually got a break.
We decided to take a little date night to target where we got some cute new bathroom essentials men never seem to think they need. While he cleaned up his apartment I set up the new shower bar, towels, and shower curtain. I wish we took before photos but just picture this:
atrocity. WITHOUT A SHOWER CURTAIN.
ha ha. Anyways here are the after pictures of the new setup!
Once the bathroom was done, I got to experience GrubHub. Basically, any metro area has people that will deliver food to you. So lets say you were craving thai and italian, they will go to each restaurant pick it up and deliver it right to you. THE BEST. Sorry for the kinda of blurry iPhone photos– I was in a rush to eat : ) Going to finish this evening off with fleece blankets and Dexter. It's crazy that January is already basically over. It's making summer seem like it's in the distant future. I can't wait.
This weekend was purely brilliant and I am still in a daze from it. I packed completely wrong and slept most of the car ride, while the boys jammed to heavy metal and rock music. (I'm a very heavy sleeper.) Nevertheless here are some great photos on the drive up there. We stopped quite a few times to take some photos. (Okay, maybe more than a few) I also got to try out my new Olloclip, which is so neat! It's a lens you attach to your iphone to take fisheye, macro, and wide angle shots. Really highlights the beautiful camera power that Apple has designed. Here is a photo of me using it:
And here are some shots I liked:
Our next stop was near spokane area, right off the highway the sun was going down and we found brilliant shadows created by the trees. These are some of my favorite shots, ever.
This is my glamorous friend, Nick.
I'll post our adventures that we had when we got to Montana later on. In the meantime I am still trying to locate all my essentials that got lost in Pete (the rabbit) on the car ride back home. This was after as we were leaving. Pretty huh?
One of those memories that was purely awesome primarily because of the people you were with. This was last summer, when all of my best friends went on a roadtrip to Crescent Bar to see John Mayer at the Gorge.
We stayed at Wild Horse Campground in George, Wa. I was pretty impressed with how our campsite turned out (Photo below). A tip for you all: DON'T FORGET LIGHT. We spent every night in the dark because someone forgot the lantern. (Not pointing fingers though!)
Overall was an awesome trip. With awesome friends!
Maybe blondes do really have more fun? As I am looking back on my iPhoto library, I am really missing summer. People seem happier, weather is nicer, etc. But I know this summer will be amazing. It's going to top them all. Graduation. 21. and then hopefully a whole shift change of adventures in Australia by 2015. In the meantime, here is me reminiscing on my blonde days. Including but not limited:
Dancing in my front yard, trying to do cartwheels, tanning and drawing with chalk
Heading to Debuke River to have a campfire and fall asleep under the stars
Tradition: Ixtapa dates with friends visiting
Eating pizza. Enough said.
Index Mountain (Secret) Hike
Three Lakes in Snohomish, Wa
I love going to concerts and local shows. I don't even remember who we saw that night at El Corazon on a whim, but it was perceived they were playing for immediate family and friends, and really appreciated our support of attending. If you have a smaller venue in your city, pick the most unknown band line up you see on their calendar and attend.
Seaside OR is a beautiful little tourist trap that you have to experience just for the swing sets on the beaches. I haven't found a better place. (but i'm all ears!) Probably the funniest memories ever captured was when we went on this ride that is on the main road in town with his niece and we were trying to make funny pictures at his mom. I think it's important to do play the tourist at least once in your life. Who wants to be that person who finds the worst in things?