Saturday Morning Hike to Hidden Lake, Leavenworth, Washington

We have recently been enjoying slow, quiet mornings that lead to us not getting anywhere particularly early, so when we pulled into the Hidden Lake trailhead mid-morning on a Saturday, we were ecstatic to find we were the only ones there. As we got ready to hike, another truck pulled in, but we were stillContinue reading “Saturday Morning Hike to Hidden Lake, Leavenworth, Washington”

It’s Feeling Like Fall on the Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, Washington

As soon as we stepped on the Icicle Gorge Trail it felt like fall was in the air. Where we have recently only seen lush green with multitudes of wildflowers, we were seeing browning vegetation and smelling that distinct fall smell. After the onslaught of heat we have faced over the past few months, thatContinue reading “It’s Feeling Like Fall on the Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, Washington”

Escaping the Washington Smoke on the Tubbs Hill Trail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The day after the fire broke out north of Spokane, we (not surprisingly) woke up to the absolute worst smoke we had experienced yet. It was so thick in the campground, and there was a thin layer of ash over everything. We had already planned a daytrip to Coeur d’Alene, so we packed up inContinue reading “Escaping the Washington Smoke on the Tubbs Hill Trail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho”

Escaping the Heat: Part 1 at Blue Lake, Idaho

When you pull off the main highway and onto dirt roads and Google tells you that you have 30 minutes left and less than 10 miles to go, you know you are in for a real treat! Our week in Boise was hot, hot, hot! While the air conditioner in the camper does a decentContinue reading “Escaping the Heat: Part 1 at Blue Lake, Idaho”

Hiking Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado

We could have hiked for miles every single day of our stay in Colorado Springs and never even scratched the surface of the trails available in the area. To say we were overwhelmed with possibilities is an understatement. As we scoured the AllTrails app, we were repeatedly drawn to the Red Rock Canyon Open SpaceContinue reading “Hiking Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado”

Escaping the Crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park is 1 of the National Parks that is requiring the advance purchase of tickets for timed entry during the peak hours of the day. Luckily, we had been following these developments, so we hopped online as soon as we were eligible to get our ticket for our visit. Unfortunately, there wereContinue reading “Escaping the Crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado”

Our Weekend at Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming

We may have had the best campsite in all of Curt Gowdy State Park. Out the front door, we had amazing lake views. From the dinette, we had views of grassy hills where we saw deer roaming every evening and heard coyotes howling at night. Sure, the wind kicked up at the top of theContinue reading “Our Weekend at Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming”

Hiking to the Other Side of the Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody, Wyoming

Of all the hikes we did during our visit to Cody, this last one was simultaneously the easiest and the most challenging while also proving incredibly interesting. The trail offers virtually no shade (aside from a tunnel you walk through), and the information we found beforehand was a little sketchy on access (yes, you canContinue reading “Hiking to the Other Side of the Buffalo Bill Dam, Cody, Wyoming”

Our Hike Almost to Flake Lake, Wyoming

I should have been suspicious from the get-go. As we were driving up into the Beartooth Mountains, Will continued to talk up the hike we were going on and how easy it was. He had been on the trail about 2 years ago with my dad, uncle, and cousin, so he was overly excited toContinue reading “Our Hike Almost to Flake Lake, Wyoming”

Hiking Dead Indian Trail, Wyoming

One of my all-time favorite drives is up Sunlight Basin, through Dead Indian pass, and then on to Cooke City, Montana. Because I grew up here, this was a drive we would often make when we had visitors in town, so when I think of this area, I think of really fun memories with family.Continue reading “Hiking Dead Indian Trail, Wyoming”