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How you can help Oso

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Most of you have probably heard about the devastating mudslide that hit the small town of Oso, WA, last weekend. As of now, 26 people are confirmed dead and at least 90 people have been reported missing. Volunteers and rescue crews are still working to dig through thick mud, water, and debris to look for victims, and will be doing so for a long time.

To help those affected by the slide, please visit this link for information on cash donations: Where to go to help mudslide victims

If you’re local, here’s information about different supplies you can donate to the emergency workers: Oso mudslide: ways to help

Sunset over the Sound

Living vicariously

Monday, June 17th, 2013

I spent most of the last week sick and pathetic on the couch, but instead of using that time to get caught up on my own blog, I got lost in the world of PCT blogs.

I’ve been a Pacific Crest Trail fangirl ever since JK gave me A Blistered Kind of Love for Christmas back in 2007. I doubt I’ll ever hike the entire trail myself (I would miss JK too much!), but there are several sections of it that are on my bucket list. In the meantime, I’m living vicariously through some of this year’s thru-hikers who are journaling their way from Mexico to Canada.


- First up, my favorite – Carrot Quinn is an incredibly gifted writer (check out her fascinating memoir about freighthopping) whose words truly convey the ups and downs of life on the trail: Carrot Quinn

- It’s a given that I would like this girl since she not only carries a Mukmuk mascot on her pack like I do, but her trail name is Muk Muk!! Excellent photos, too: Mexico to Canada 2013

- I can’t get over how high-tech some of these thru-hikers are. UB is hiking with a video camera and an iPad so he can edit and post videos along the way: UBSeRiOuS

Have any other PCT favorites? Please share!

Sean McCabe

Friday, June 15th, 2012

JK and I stumbled across these prints in a gallery in Winthrop last month, and I decided to buy them as a birthday present for myself. They took me right back to one of my favorite hikes.

Heather Pass © Sean McCabe Studio Heather Pass, our version

(Heather Pass © Sean McCabe Studio | Carlos and Ingunn below Heather Pass)

We were saddened to hear that the artist, local climber and art teacher Sean McCabe, passed away in 2009, leaving behind his wife and two daughters.

A view from the top, our version A View From the Top © Sean McCabe Studio

(Looking down from Black Peak | View from the Top © Sean McCabe Studio)

His gallery is full of beautiful artwork from the Cascades, so take a peek if you’re a local mountain lover.

I’m going to hang these canvas prints in our living room, a reminder of our past and future adventures when the weather is dark and dreary, and a nudge to live life fully while we can.

Spring redeemed

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I’m taking a break between trip reports to acknowledge the incredible amazingness that was Seattle Spring o’2012. After the preposterous excuse for a spring and early summer we had last year, I think I just forgot how fantastic this area is when it’s, well, not raining non-stop for months on end.

Melting Wellie

Not only was it not raining, but it was so hot that even Wellie couldn’t be outside in the middle of the day (and he’s Italian!) – every day I would find him melted on the floor or over various pieces of furniture like a Dalí clock.

Sunshine Welliepop Redmond Watershed

Spring on the Powerline Powerline sunset

Hot days led to warm afternoons spent walking on the Powerline Trail or biking to the Redmond Watershed Preserve…

Climbing Mount Si

…rock climbing in North Bend or sailing on Lake Washington.

JK with alpenglow

Thank you, Washington, for providing us with the best playground we could ever ask for. You have more than made up for the nightmarish spring of 2011, and with this blog post I hope I have made up for all the smack I talked about you back then.

Come sail away

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Hello Tahoma

Just to show that we do in fact participate in non-hiking activities once in a while (although I do tend to stay attached to the couch for most of the day, cough cough), here are some photos from Tuesday afternoon.

Captain Andreas

We’re lucky enough to have a great friend who just happens to be a member of a sailing club so he can whisk melting Norwegians out on the lake during heatwaves. Thank you, Cap’n Andreas!

Yeah, that’s right – another heatwave. Luckily this one is not as hot and not as short as the absolutely brutal, suffocating scorcher we had in July, but I say it’s still a good excuse to get out on the water. Sailing is fantastic, especially when my only jobs on the boat are to relax and to duck when big beams come flying directly at me (that’s what she said).

Back pain update – I’m feeling so much better after taking some codeine (left over from the wisdom tooth extraction), stretching and going for a swim. I think the painkillers let my back muscles relax enough to loosen up whatever it was that was hurting so much. I went to the doctor today and he gave me permission to go backpacking (huzzah!) as long as I bring drugs (huzzah!) and don’t carry too much weight (huzzah huzzah huzzah!) – he thinks the back pain will subside within a couple of days, so I hope that’s true.

I really need to start doing some sort of core-strengthening program so this won’t happen again. Maybe it’s time to get back on the yoga mat.

Jumping ship

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