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”

Exploring the Little Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington

We knew nothing about Leavenworth before booking our stay at the Thousand Trails campground just outside of town, but with just a quick Google search, I knew we would have no trouble finding plenty of fun things to do during our visit. Leavenworth is a Bavarian-style village in the Cascade mountains that has a veryContinue reading “Exploring the Little Bavarian Village of 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”

Sightseeing in Spokane and Watching Fires from Mount Spokane State Park, Washington

It was another scorcher as we made our way into Spokane. Our campground was situated just enough in the hills north of the city that we had some relief there, but the heat became absolutely oppressive as we made our way south. When we finally found a parking spot (it was a weekend and thereContinue reading “Sightseeing in Spokane and Watching Fires from Mount Spokane State Park, Washington”

Escaping the Heat: Part 2 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon

Since our first escape from 100+°F heat worked so well, we decided to do again, but this time, we were in Oregon. Even though Lake Wallowa was over 2 hours away from where we were staying in Pendleton, it was absolutely worth the trip. The drive there wound us through some beautiful parts of Oregon,Continue reading “Escaping the Heat: Part 2 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon”

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”

We Braved the Tetons and Yellowstone, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana

It has been a record-setting year for visitors to Yellowstone, and we were on the fence about braving the crowds up until the day before we decided to go. However, being a Wyoming native, I could not bear the thought of spending time around several entrances to the Park and not taking Bird. Because weContinue reading “We Braved the Tetons and Yellowstone, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana”

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”