60.6 miles, 140.5 miles total - bike, July 17 Starting out the day with Alicia and Andy had me feeling a little bit like we were back on the Canyon. It's a real treat to when your friends make you coffee and cook you breakfast before they go to work (and you're on vacation). Thanks … Continue reading Day 3: Going under Snoqualmie Pass
65.3 miles, 79.9 miles total - bike, July 16 Today we enjoyed a selection of trails that link our neighborhood in Seattle to North Bend (and beyond!). We were mostly on trails for our entire ride, except at the start and a construction detour. I so admire the vision of the many planners, rail trail … Continue reading Day 2: Yay for interconnected bike trails!
14.6 miles - run & walk, July 15 On Sunday, we headed out to the western most point of the Mountains to Sound Greenway which happens to be West Point in Discovery Park. We timed the start of this trip to be on a minus tide day. Low tides in the summer time around Puget … Continue reading Day 1: Discovery Park & back
The next adventure has begun! Gabriel and I are walking out our front door to start a 400-ish mile bike-hike-scramble-trail run journey. We're going from Discovery Park over to Ellensburg via the Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail and back home via the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the Issaquah Alps. Along the way we're seeking … Continue reading The Greenway Infinity Loop… begins!
An early start with the intent of avoiding the crowds. We crossed the sagebrush meadows of upper Cable Mountain and took the Echo Canyon Trail down the East Rim Trail to the Weeping Rock. We kept the going slow to admire the details of these last miles while still in trail mindset. Appreciating the phlox, … Continue reading A fitting finish, reunion, and Vegas
Our last full day on the Hayduke, but we didn't know that when we woke this morning. We started our day with a walk down The Barracks, a classic canyoneering route in Zion's backcountry. Towering walls of sculpted Navajo sandstone, hanging gardens of monkey flower and fern, canyon wrens trilling, side canyons wafting breezes with … Continue reading Narrows lingering, slickrock admiring, and finishing logistics
We didn't know what to expect of the land between Colorado City and Zion National Park. All we knew is it was going to be a hot day (mid-90s (F)), across dry country, and we wanted to make it to the East Fork of the Virgin River. Hiking in the morning up Squirrel Canyon to … Continue reading To the river or bust
Coyote howls to start the day. The first of the trip. For all the tracks and sign we've seen along the way, I've been surprised we haven't heard more howls or seen a coyote loping along the horizon. At least we have this morning's song. A beautiful way to start what is a unique day … Continue reading Kale and kombucha in Colorado City
This morning, we started out in the upper bends of Kanab Canyon with high cliff walls and slip of a view of the sky. Hiking just before dawn, we wanted a jump on the heat of the day and knew it would be a bit of a stretch to make it 30-some miles up the … Continue reading A Hack of a way to the Arizona Strip
We woke to the sounds of the coursing Colorado River and the towering walls of red and gray Redwall limestone. Feeling rested after yesterday's rock hopping, we packed up and started our hike up Kanab Creek and its canyon. Kanab Canyon, a milestone that has long been in our minds. Now here we are. Kanab, … Continue reading Tracking Water