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Exposure and Adventure

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Tyler and I are up early this morning. We are on our way adventuring again…back from Redwood National Park (which I shall post about soon) and onto John Day Fossil Beds National Monument for a few days of camping and hiking. I asked Tyler to pick a picture to go with this post from our Redwood NP trip and he picked one that he took of me.


When I asked why this picture? Tyler said that people should see all the hard work I’ve been doing. I was going to make him pick a different picture because this one feels to “out there” if you know what I mean.

Here’s where things feel exposed and quite vulnerable….Tyler is referring to the fact that I have lost about 130 pounds. It has taken years and lots of sweat (and I have about 4 pounds to go before I reach my goal) but I’m almost there. (Then I get another tattoo.) ūüôā

Tyler is an awesome young man…always encouraging and celebrating my accomplishments.

Now…off to John Day NM!¬†

Snow Boy

Friday, June 13th, 2008

date: january 6, 2008

tyler buried in snow

In January, Tyler and I headed up to Mt. St. Helens for the day to play in the snow. It was awesome!

Comet Falls Trail – Mt. Rainier NP

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

date hiked: August 15, 2007
distance: 3.8 miles
highest elevation: approx. 6000
elevation gain: 2160 ft
time: 1.5 hours

Comet Falls Trail

This was a killer hike for me. Two thousand feet up in one and a half mile. It was steep. At least for me. Because I’m a crappy hiker. Yet, I still love it. This was also a weird hike for me internally. I chose the hike to see Comet Falls, one of the tallest in the park. Along the hike you are supposed to be able to glimpse the falls several times. At each switchback, I could hear the thundering water become louder but could never see anything. Not one drop of water, anywhere. The overgrowth of greenery and brush had blocked everything. It became somewhat odd. Hearing all indications of a massive, plunging, waterfall but not even seeing the riverbed that it feeds into. I was enclosed in a forest. I never saw water or Mt. Rainier. Then, all of a sudden, the forest opened up and Mt. Rainier was standing there. The water fall came soon after. I loved that moment.

High Lakes Trail Loop – Mt Rainier NP

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

date hiked: August 14, 2007
distance: 2.7 miles
highest elevation: approx. 4867 ft
elevation gain: unknown
time: unknown

This easy hike explores the area around Reflection Lakes, which some consider the most photograghed spot on Mt. Rainier.

Tatoosh Range

There are amazing views of Mt. Rainier along the trail, some reflecting in the waters of the lakes. But I loved hiking along Mazama Ridge and looking back to this view of the Tatoosh Range. I think it made it seem like I had come so much farther than I really had.

Tyler across bridge 

It was nice to have Tyler come along this hike. Everything was so green and bright. There were also plenty of bugs!

Kenai Fjords National Park

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Date Visited: August 1, 2007

We took an 8 hour boat trip to explore Kenai Fjords National Park. Once again, I was the land of the glorious whale. It’s quite pathetic. Most of the time, my social inequity is quietly accepted on the inside. I recognize my ineptitude. I just don’t shout it from the rooftops.

Yet, post after post, my silly whale-obsessing, bear-fearing self is making it clear. Luckily, the one or two friends I have, know I’m not a secret whale-stalker.

So, on this lovely boat ride, we were entertained by orcas. A large pod seemed to hang around the boat forever. They all seemed to be curious. Who knows?


We also came across a group of sea otter. They seemed to be waving.

sea otter

There was also a group of Steller Sea Lions sunning on a rock. The Steller Sea Lion was listed (and still is) as an endangered species in 1990.

Steller Sia Lions

What most would consider the highlight of the ride…are the glaciers.


Driving the Alaskan Backcountry

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

July 29 – 31, 2007

We put the rental car on a ferry from Juneau to Haines and drove through the Yukon territory to make our way to Anchorage. We crossed the Canadian/U.S. border (twice). It was hard to imagine what the landscape might look like during the winter. It was so beautiful and seemed¬†suited for the bright greens. There was water everywhere. I later learned these were called kettles, water-filled pits left behind by retreating glaciers. Tyler and I were fascinated by the “drunken forests”. The black spruce trees are crooked due to the shallow root sytem in the permafrost. We initially thought some trees were toppling over until we read about the black spruce tree’s ability to survive and thrive in the harsh winter. They only look like they’re falling over. According to local lore, most Hollywood movies that are supposedly located in Alaska are actually filmed in British Columbia…because the black spruce tree doesn’t make for an attractive landscape.

Tyler and I disagree.

Backcountry AK

The rivers were also amazing. They seemed massive. We drove along the Copper River.

Copper River

We also came across a number of glaciers. And the meadows of flowers were gorgeous.


the picture of insanity…and joy

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

i am not posting specifics on this because this wasn’t exactly a hike. this pic was taken along the rim trail at grand canyon national park. pure bliss.

grand canyon rim trail pic

wildlife abounds

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

so…i didn’t disappear while in alberta. i just haven’t had a chance to post…so here i am…trying to get back on track. the trip to banff national park was probably the best trip i’ve taken in a long time. tyler and i saw so many things that i have never seen before. the wildlife was insane. i was hoping to see a mountain goat on a hike….and i did! we also saw big horn sheep, a black bear, a grizzly bear, elk, and a bald eagle. tyler and i both decided we would go back again one day.

here’s some pictures of the wildlife:

big horn sheep

grizzly bear

baby mt goat

monument valley

Saturday, August 19th, 2006

camped: august 5, 2006

monument valley

after a long day of awesome sites, we were heading north (towards home). it was getting dark…and we had almost completely circled monument valley without having stopped to take pictures. we realized we needed to stop and take some shots…and start looking for a campground. turns out, we camped at gouldings¬†in the town of monument valley,¬†ut and woke up to this view outside our tent in the morning.

mon valley campground


photo galleries

Monday, July 31st, 2006

the chicks finally have our photo galleries up. check out pics from each of our hikes. we’ll be adding more along the way.

Chick Adventure Photo Gallery Index