Zion

We left Joshua Tree and headed northeast. It was a time of transition in many ways. For us, it was the beginning of the end of our travels. My brother and sister-in-law had joined us too in J Tree, and for them, it was time to head home and pack…

Joshua Tree

The granite in Joshua Tree is stained orange. I suppose it soaks up some of the sunlight that shines down on it seemingly without end throughout the days of the year. It absorbs some of the pinks and vermilion of sunset. Some of the soft tangerines of sunrise. Some of…

Ozette

We came into Lake Ozette in the evening and set up camp. There was no running water as the website had suggested there would be, and the toilets were closed too. We were instructed to walk down the road to the trailhead parking where there would be a long drop.…

Klahhane Ridge

Our first hike into Olympic National Park was an explosion of rugged beauty and educational hiking. Before Sequoia, before the tumultuous journey through losing and regaining my bag… before California, we moved through bouts of exhaustion… reaching new heights… enraptured with the pacific northwest. I found myself standing on a…