• Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    To The End – Mt. Hood to Cascade Locks

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally published on October 8th   August 15th – Wednesday – 5.1 miles hiked – 398 total – m. 2102 My last morning in this awesome hotel started with a hangover. Dammit. Just a light one, however, and it would have been worse had I not noticed that the cider I was drinking the night before was 8 months expired. I wondered why it tasted skunky. Bones didn’t sleep well, like the…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    This is Going Too Fast – Olallie Lake Resort to Mt. Hood

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally published on August 14th August 11th – Saturday – 22.6 hiked – 362 total I woke up at 5:30 am and immediately needed to go to the bathroom. My choices were to find a place somewhere nearby in between a lake, a road, another road, and all these tent sites to dog a cat hole, or walk a tenth of a mile back to Olallie and use their pit toilets. Of…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    The Charred Wasteland of my Heart – Oregon, Elk Lake to Olallie Lake Resort

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally posted: August 14th, 2018   August 4th – Saturday -14.3 hiked – 263 total – m. 1969.5 Crap, this is my last lined page for over 100 miles. I guess after this I type my journals. So we jumped up to Oregon, where we’re hiking the last 200 miles of the state to arrive just in time for Trail Days. First thing I noticed about the trail here is how smooth…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    Strength and Smokescreens – Bishop to Vermillion Valley Resort

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally posted: 8/03/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. July 21st – Saturday – 2.3 hiked -??? Total Back in the trail! Sort of, anyway. Since we weren’t able to get out of town until noon and had a 2,500-foot climb first thing over a pass, and storms were moving in… we made camp at a lake just before the pass. We have 5 to 8ish days of food in our packs and really…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    The Gateway to the Sierra – Kennedy Meadows to Bishop

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally posted: 7/20/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. July 12th – Thursday – 8 miles hiked – 57.4 total I made it to an Urgent care yesterday and was given a script of oral steroids for my skin. Overnight I felt a difference; more dry and crusty than puffy and inflamed. So, today we hiked out of Kennedy Meadows. We left around 12:30 pm, eager to hike, but also a little bummed. We…

  • Adventures,  Sierra Nevada 2018

    Into the Wilderness – Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) Originally posted: 7/12/2018. Transcribed from handwritten journal. 6/26/18 — Tuesday A year ago today I was staying at a trail angels house in Burney, CA, waiting for a resupply package to arrive so we could start hiking the NorCal section of the PCT. We had skipped the Sierra portion due to record snowpack and melt. Today I am in PDX, waiting to board a bus to go hike a small section of…

  • Adventures

    Trip Report – The Oregon Coast Trail

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) 6/30/2018 I’m currently in Portland, OR, hanging out at my old roommate’s place. For the last couple of years, the three of us (me, Evan, and her) traditionally went to the coast for a few days at the end of June. We missed out last year while we were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. And this year money has been tight. So instead of getting a pricey hotel room and sitting on…

  • Sierra Nevada 2018

    Upcoming Adventure: The Sierra Nevada

    Hello readers, and happy Solstice! I hope your summer so far has been free-spirited and productive. Two weeks from today I will be on a train headed towards Bakersfield, California to embark on yet another ambitious adventure. I intend to hike through the Sierra Nevada on the Pacific Crest Trail–roughly 440 miles, not including roughly 60 additional miles in and out of towns. The first 120 to 150 miles of this trip I will be hiking with my husband, but after that, I’ll be hiking the rest solo. This will be my first solo backpacking adventure. I’ve haven’t even spent a single overnight on my own. Never. Of course, the…

  • Adventures

    Trip Report: The Olympic National Park

    (This blog entry is from my Patreon blog, where you can see my Adventure Blog entries before anywhere else while supporting my trade and craft. Along with early blog posts, Patreon backers also receive access to trail comics, drawings, and videos.) April 23, 2018 Evan and I went out to the Olympics last week for a brief stay in a cabin with friends and then an overnight in the Enchanted Valley. Neither of us had been to the Olympic Peninsula before, and this would be our first overnight of the year. A good chance to try out our new gear!  We looked at the various trails near the cabin on Lake Quinault but…