An update for 2018

It's occurred to me that I haven't been good at writing posts recently. My last update was from May, and that was subsequently my last big hiking trip. Since then, I have been incredibly busy, and that means I haven't had as much time for fun. I did get out a few times this summer with the family. But there's…

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Hells Canyon, Episode 2

Happy Memorial Day everyone. I had originally planned to spend the long weekend down in the Alvord Desert of southeastern Oregon with friends and the family. We would have been camping, hiking, birding, herping, and soaking in hot springs. But circumstances had us backing out of the trip at the last minute to spend a lazy weekend at home. So…

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Moscow Mountain Snowshoe

Saturday, January 14, 2017 It's not often that I get out to hike these days. But we've had a fantastic winter so far, and after a week of insanely cold temperatures and clear weather, I just had to get out and take advantage before the warm weather and rains took over. I've always wanted to hike to the lookout on…

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Jerry Johnson

We've gotten a lot of snow this winter. And then it got cold. Like, really cold. Night time lows below zero, and daytime highs hovering around 20.  So the only thing to do with this kind of weather is go swimming. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xz_UKNzjso[/embedyt] Last year, we took Clara to a developed hot spring near McCall and she loved it. This…

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December Update

When I started this site, I never expected to make daily posts. Weekly? Maybe. Monthly? Less desireable. I'm kind of ashamed that it's been three months with no updates, but there hasn't been much of excitement to talk about. There haven't been any big adventures this fall. I'm just plugging away at the Ph.D. thing, which has also made me…

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Camping at Hazard Lake

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPFgUQ-9cwA[/embedyt] In May we bought a new tent to accommodate our growing family on camping trips. I guess the two-person backpacking tent just won't do it anymore for thee people and two large dogs. So after we bought it, we took it out for its maiden test at a nearby campground. This summer was dubbed the summer of no…

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Adventures with Clara: Hobo Cedar Grove

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fGgqlKSpXw[/embedyt] The Hobo Cedar Grove is a nice easy 1-mile hike through a grove of giant old-growth trees. It is the perfect hike for toddlers to explore nature, which is why we brought Clara up there on Sunday. She enjoyed the large trees, but wasn't into walking the trail much. Eventually Erin had to carry her for most of…

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Grandmother Mountain

I finally got some time to get up to Freezeout to hike Grandmother Mountain. The flowers are out and it's quite pretty, though it's not the best year for flowers that I've seen. It could be that I got up there a little late. Everything seems to be coming out a little earlier this year than normal. But then, all…

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Steptoe Butte and the Palouse

When I moved to the Palouse, I didn't realize just how photogenic the landscape was. Then I saw ads for the Palouse in Popular Photography. It turns out, people will pay good money to come and photograph the region, and here I am living there not taking advantage of my home turf. I've only been on Steptoe Butte once before,…

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White Pine Loop & Bomber Too

Last week, Clara and I had a day to ourselves, so we had a little adventure on a nearby trail. The white pine loop is a 3-mile hike from the White Pine campground off of Idaho Rt. 6. A one-mile (one-way) out and back spur takes us to the site of a WWII bomber crash site with some pieces of the…

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Canoeing the St. Joe

Hello. I realize it's been quite some time since my last post. That's what happens when you get into dissertation writing mode. Life tends to cease and all you can think about is finishing this damn thesis. As a result, I haven't really been on many adventures since December, nor has there been anything interesting to write about, nor have…

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5000 feet

It snowed in Moscow for the first time this season on Thursday. And although the accumulation didn't amount to much in town, the mountains were turned white the next day. But two days of sunshine, and evidence of the snow is all but gone. The mountains around Moscow are back to their baren self. But at 5000 feet, winter has…

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Elk Creek Falls

I think I've mentioned Elk Creek Falls in passing, but haven't actually written a featured post about it. Elk River is a small outdoor recreation town (read: hunting & fishing mostly) a little over an hour east of Moscow. This small community represents the "end of the road." The paved road ends here and forest service roads pick up to…

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Latah County Fair

Clara loves animals. At home, she loves to pet the dogs and the cats. She tries to pet the chickens and gets all excited when we catch one and bring it over to her. She loves saying hi to the goats and touching the horses. So we brought her to the Latah County Fair where she could look at and…

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Seattle

In the 5 years living out here, I haven't been to Seattle other than to catch the ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula. So when four of my college buddies from Drew mentioned they were converging in the city for a race in September, I jumped at the opportunity to pay a visit. So for a weekend in September (11-13), we…

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Wallowas Weekend 2015

After a long summer with not much exploring, the pace has changed and I've had a fairly busy two weeks. The series begins with the return of the Annual Wallowas Weekend. In the six Septembers that I have lived here, I've led a backpacking trip to the Eagle Cap Wilderness four of those years, with this year being the fourth.…

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Seven Devils on the Fourth of July

What do you do when temperatures rise above 100º F? Seek relief at very high elevations. This June was one of the hottest on record for the northwest with several days above 100 degrees in Moscow. So when my friends proposed a backpacking trip for the Fourth of July weekend, i was a bit skeptical, especially given the location's tendency…

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