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Goat Peak Lookout

      Not to be confused with Goat Peak which is by Chinook Pass, or Goat Lake on the Mountain Loop Hwy – the Goat Peak Lookout in Mazama (next to Goat Wall and Goat Creek) is an amazing landmark that up until yesterday had been lost to me within the goat named matrix …

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Mount Townsend Escapism

 “I can’t believe the news today. Oh I can’t close my eyes and make it go away.” Of course, these U2 lyrics weren’t written about the recent news, but the sorrow still rings true. And even though I can’t make it go away, sometimes I do want to “close my eyes” by running away to …

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Skagit-Sauk Reach

    Before anyone gets mad, let me first say I confirmed this trail was open before I went. I’m trying hard to “stay home and stay safe,” but sometimes you really need a little outdoor therapy when facing a pandemic. Five years ago, when dealing with the much more common winter blues, I noticed …

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Lake Dorothy and Bear Lake

  The summer solstice strikes each year between June 20th and June 22nd, and much like the “death eaters” are called to their master once the magical tattoo is awakened, the Washingtonian backpackers are summoned once again into the mountains. (Harry Potter fans, anyone?) We were blessed in 2019 (sorry, I’m still catching up on …

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Dosewallips River Road

May is not the easiest month to find a backpacking destination. But by the time it rolls around and spring has fully sprung, the itch to get out there is at a near lethal intensity. Additionally, there’s a Mother’s Day card to play if you’re a mom like me, which means being able to coerce …

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Artist Point Snowshoe

  Is it just me, or do you always have something you feel you need to redeem at REI? They are masters at “giving” you money so that you go and spend more money…money you probably shouldn’t be spending. I know this…yet I fall for it every time. I may be cheap, but my cheapness …

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