She believed she could, so she did. It’s a simple statement, believe and do…it can seem impossible at times but when acted upon, is unstoppable. The power of believing in yourself is stronger than any force of nature yet for so many it is very difficult to do. But I encourage you to take hold of this truth and dare to believe in yourself. Amazing things will happen when you do. It may take a little time… but soon enough you will begin to see the results of your believing and doing! This picture was taken last Labor Day hiking through Mt Rainier National Park. #tbt
Nothing makes me happier than to be able to explore the world around me. We were looking for a little bit of adventure and we sure found it in the Olympic National Forest on the peninsula in Washington. We took this Labor Day to explore and become closer to our home.
Packed up my pack with the essentials (i.e. sleeping bag, sleeping pad, clothes) and a bunch of my very favorite treats! You can still be healthy and eat clean when your not at home in your own kitchen! (List of easy backpacking vegan food ideas coming soon!) With everything packed, we took a ferry from Seattle to the peninsula and drove until we came to a absolutely amazing view of Lake Crescent. Because of the shape of the lake there is very little wind and the lake reflects the mountains around it perfectly totally ideal for pictures! There is also the Sol Duc Hot Springs where you can soak your worn body in mineral springs! In the background was Mt. Olympus, the tallest mountain in the Olympic range, Carrie is the second.
I knew this wasn’t going to be the easiest trip since we had planned to go over 35 miles in the 2 1/2 day trip but the views were breathtaking and the wildlife we encountered made every step worth the sore muscles and blisters! While exploring Mt. Carrie and the High Divide we saw a group of 16 Mountain Goats some probably weighted close to 400 pounds, it was a reminder of how wild and free some areas of the world still are. The hardest part of the trip was the Cat Walk that links Cat Peak and Mt. Carrie. With vertical drops, any miss step could be your last so it was important to be sure footed and use trees for hand holds.
It the end, I saw some beautiful views, where we climbed over 10,000 feet in elevation, made friends with mountain goats and marmots and got to eat some yummy wild snap peas! It was so amazing to see the tallest mountain in the Olympics, Mount Olympus. We are looking forward to going back and climbing the mountains again next summer.
Blackberries here, blueberries there.. the berry picking season is ending so were out picking, happy Sunday! There are tons of areas to pick wild blackberries all over Washington and especially in King County. You can visit berry farms or go for the wild Himalayan berries, like us! If your wild picking, come prepared with gloves (if your using plastic, you will need to change them out because they rip), a bucket lined and of course a hat and water for yourself.
happy picking! Pie recipe to come..
As summer is coming to an end, we want to get in as many weekend adventures as possible, before the rain (eek) starts. Not that that will stop us, but there is nothing better than reaching the top of a peak on a sunny day in the PNW. We were thinking somewhere nearby and not too difficult, and we came up with just the spot. We chose one of our favorite hikes, Rattlesnake Ridge in North Bend, WA. Its a fairly popular hike, around 4 miles round trip. So its not too difficult and is mostly in the shade, making it easier on a hot day. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful state. WA. we love you forever. Until next time Rattlesnake, we will be back.