Back from an Outdoor-Induced Hiatus

I’ve been super MIA and neglectful of my blog throughout the past few weeks… *hangs head in shame*

With summer quickly closing in on us and fall rearing its beautiful multi-colored head, we have been trying to get as much backpacking, hiking, and camping in before the skies open up and we get dumped on. Not that I’m complaining; I’m an Oregon girl to the bone and absolutely love my rain, but it does make for dismal backpacking conditions. 😉

Even on the rainy first day, I managed to have a great time! Holed up in my tent overlooking the lake, I was cozy and warm reading my book 🙂

We went on a fantastic backpacking trip over Labor Day weekend. We have one lake in particular that we tend to gravitate towards (the lovely spot we lounged at for the 4th of July), but this time we went outside of our comfort zone and packed into a new location, ending up at a primo site situated on a ridge that overlooked two smaller lakes.

Russ Lake with a stormy Olallie Butte looming.

Pure heaven. After the first day of showers, the rest of the weekend was clear, albeit a tad chilly overnight. On our final day we went on a ridiculously stunning hike, a gorgeous loop that took us by 3 lakes that were all breathtaking in their own right.

Fish Lake. A bitch to hike down to and back up, but man was it worth it!
Gifford Lake. This lake has been on our “bucket list” of lakes to check out for years. Very glad it did not disappoint!

I was beyond bummed that it never warmed up enough for me to go for a swim. I’m a Cancer. I adore cold water and have always found taking a dip in glacier melt water to be incredibly therapeutic. Typically that is when the temperatures are at minimum of, say 70 degrees. Daytime high of 50? Hmm… Even a bit cold for me!

Labor Day comprised of one of the many wonderful trips we have been trying to squeeze in, making the neglect of my baby blog worth it. We are hoping to get one, final “glamping” trip in towards the end of the month (glamping for us being camping in a “normal” tent and driving in a full sized burner and skillets for cooking up some decent food, a table, camping chairs, an air mattress, etc.) and then it’ll be predominantly day hikes for the remainder of the season. And the next. And the next… It’s been a fantastic year of backpacking for us, but I am ready for things to die down and am happy to be back at writing!

Hope everyone else has had a wonderful, adventure-packed summer!


8 thoughts on “Back from an Outdoor-Induced Hiatus

  1. So glad you got your backpacking in! Laughing about the Bryson book. I am reading his “A Walk in the Woods.” It’s quite hilarious but his lack of knowledge about what he was getting into made me cringe. Also watched the movie “Wild.” Another great example of how not to. But then I once hiked 60 people for a hundred miles through the Sierra Nevada mountains with out a heck of a lot more experience. (I’d been backpacking for four years but never travelled more than 40 miles. The trip had a steep learning curve— to say the least.) –Curt

    1. I’ve read both “A Walk in the Woods” and “Wild” and while I thoroughly enjoyed both, I also cringed at how ill prepared they were! Unfortunately, I was incredibly ill prepared on my first backpacking trip years ago. Biggest mistake: new boots on a long hike. I ended up hobbling in tears the 7 mile trek back to the trailhead with two, quarter dollar sized blisters on both of my heels…

      Our trips since there have been much improved, sometimes you just have to learn the hard way!

      The Sierra Nevadas must have been amazing!! 😀

      1. After a hundred miles, I walked in on feet so deeply blistered, it took me two months to get feeling back in my feet. I had bought the backpacking industry’s argument at the time about the need for sturdy (expensive) boots. I changed quickly. So did the backpacking industry in time. –Curt

      2. When I started wearing my tennis shoes out on the trail and carrying my backpacking shoes in my backpack, I knew it was time for a change! Now there are a plethora of lightweight backpacking shoes, not to mention lightweight just about everything else. The industry has changed tremendously. –Curt

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