Backpacking | Silver Lake.

Kyle and I had been gearing up for a backpacking adventure over the past several months and we finally decided on the weekend and route!  We took a ferry from Edmonds to the Olympic Peninsula and to the Mount Townsend | Silver Lake trailhead.   

The initial 3.5 mile climb with 3,400 elevation gain was exhausting in the heat of the day (not ideal).  But the views along the route were beautiful!  We set up camp at Silver Lake and went to bed early; we were eager for some rest.

Around 1:30am we woke up abruptly to a growl!  Our hearts were racing as we waited quietly for the animal to pass.  There was some sniffing and heavy footprints around our site for a couple hours.  Needless to say we didn't sleep very well!  

While making coffee in the morning we heard thunder in the distance.  Our plan for a slow, relaxing morning was ended as we scrambled to pack up our campsite, eat breakfast, and get on the trail amidst scattered raindrops.  Fortunately the rain was light and the cloud cover was a refreshing change of pace from the previous day's heat.

I learned that backpacking isn't glamorous.  It's hard work, uncomfortable, exhausting, and can bring out your best and worst, but it's also invigorating and rewarding.  A friend recently asked me how the trip was for our marriage and I've been thinking about it.  I think it reinforced the importance of communication and how to love sacrificially amidst challenging circumstances.  So here's to more adventures and life lessons!  

Here are a few photos from our trip:

Summer Dreaming | 2015.

Summer is our favorite time in Seattle.  I love the sunshine and warmer, longer days.  But it always seems to slip by faster than expected, so it's great to make plans to ensure the time isn't wasted!  (I did this last year too; you can find the post here.)

Summer Bucket List 2015:  

Lots of camping + backpacking + hiking. 

Visiting the Christofferson farm in Wyoming.

Wine tasting in Eastern Washington. 

Picnics in the park at Green Lake.

The Welch wedding in Chicago.


Last weekend some members of our new community group spent time at a cabin on the Olympic Peninsula.  It was great to get out of town, eat, hike, build a campfire, and share stories with one another.  Here are a few photos from a hike that some of us took up Mt. Ellinor.


Kyle and I celebrated our one year anniversary this past weekend in the San Juan Islands.

Our trip began with a ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor.  We spent the day exploring San Juan Island from Roche Harbor to the lighthouse at Lime Kiln State Park.  We finished the evening with a delicious dinner at Duck Soup Inn before catching the late ferry to Orcas Island, where we stayed for the weekend.   

Saturday morning we grabbed coffee at Brown Bear Bakery and strolled through the farmers market. Later in the day we ventured into Moran State Park and hiked to the top of Mt. Constitution for some spectacular views.

Sunday was a beautiful day for a bike ride around Lopez Island and a quick break for some wine tasting.

Before heading back to Seattle on Monday morning we had our favorite breakfast of the trip at Roses in Eastsound. 


These past couple of weeks have been full: hiked with friends who will be getting married next month and are moving to New York City, celebrated my birthday with a delicious dinner date night, and went on a bike ride around Lake Sammamish to Red Hook Brewery!  Kyle and I are trying to soak up the Seattle summer sunshine as much as possible! 


Over the past few months Kyle and I have been slowly adding outdoor gear to our family collection.  This has meant many date nights at REI.  All of that collecting finally paid off as we spent this past weekend camping and hiking in the NW side of Mt. Rainier National Park.  We drove down on Saturday morning and hiked Tolmie Peak to see some breathtaking views of Rainier.  The clouds started to roll in shortly after we reached the top!  We had the obligatory Rainier beer with the mountain in view (partially).  We found a rugged camp site off the beaten path and enjoyed s'mores around the campfire.  In the morning we brought out our french press.  There's just something about drinking coffee in the woods ... it feels good for the soul!  Sunday we hiked through old growth forest to see Ranger Falls on the way to Green Lake.  It was a great weekend to get out of the city and into fresh air!  


There is just something refreshing about the smell of Ponderosa Pine as the wind moves through the trees.  This past weekend Kyle and I joined my folks up at our family cabin which is nestled in the pine trees near Prescott National Forest.  The warm Arizona sun greeted us when we arrived in Phoenix on Saturday. It was great having lunch with some long time friends on our way up north. We spent the weekend hiking, grilling on the deck, playing sequence, and hunting for treasures in the local art galleries in the downtown square.  It was a great weekend and I am looking forward to making more cabin memories.