Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Hiking'

Bandera Mountain

I haven't been motivated to get on the trail much this year. I need to get out more. G is making a point of getting me on the trail in preparation for France. Two weeks ago we went up...

Ancient Lakes

There is something mysterious and inspiring visiting the majestic coulees of Central Washington. One moment you are driving through the fields of the potato heartland of the Northwest. Green stretching to the horizon with pipes shaped as spiral dragons delivering...

Esmeralda Basin

We finally got a chance to make it back up Esmeralda Basin. It has been several years and our last trip was in the fall. It has a great spring bloom. It was the usual 2.5 hour drive from Seattle...

Washington Desert in Bloom

We have our own desert here in the state of Washington. You may not think of Washington as a desert state but the Columbia Basin area of Eastern Washington is a high desert. It is a favorite place for us...

Death Valley Links

Another week of rain in Southern California! Is it going to dry out in time for our visit? So far, Death Valley has received over 3 inches since the beginning of January. The hills are green, the valley is in...

Spring Desert Wildflowers

It is going to be an outstanding year for desert wildflowers. All the reports say it will rival or exceed the last El Nino year, 1998. We have learned to watch the rainfall that Southern California and Arizona receives starting...

Iron Peak - Ingalls Loop

We needed to test ourselves on yet a longer hike. Whitney is 22 miles so the more we do long hikes, the better prepared we will be for the distance. I looked through the Loop Hikes book and saw...

Miller Peak-Iron Bear

We need to start getting some mileage per hike. Whitney is 22 miles and we need to make certain we can 'go the distance'. G said we need to look for a hike with more mileage. "Maybe we can...

Mt. Wrightson

Bzzzz went the alarm. 5am. I wasn't going to let the heat get to me again. We were going to get on the trail early. I stumble into the kitchen and make the coffee and sandwiches. Breakfast is a...

Mad Dogs and Seattlites

I never do well in hot weather. So why did I think it would be different this time? We slept in and lazily got up around 8:30am. We decided to go to Blue Willow for breakfast before going for a...

Tucson

Ah Sunshine here we come. A few clicks of the mouse and a quick phone call and we are done. Air, car and hotel. We leave early on Thursday (5:30am !!) March 18th and return late on Sunday March 21....