A stretch of cold, sunny weather practically demands a good hike, and Lena Lake fits the bill. First, though, an otherworldly drive through sea smoke and past eagle sentinels.
It’s high summer, the temps are in the mid-90s, and you’re heading to eastern Washington. Might as well take a hike.
Marmots, mountain goats, and bears — oh my! Testing gear and stamina on an overnight trip to Berkeley Park at Mount Rainier National Park.
“We’re going camping this weekend. I don’t know where, but I’ll figure it out and let you know.” That was the ultimatum I texted to Mr. Adventure on Friday morning. After what seemed like several weeks of deadlines and driving and pickups and drop-offs and more driving and more deadlines, I was overcome by a powerful urge to just get the hell outside. Preferably on a high trail, and preferably somewhere I could sleep under the stars. And — I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s true — I hadn’t been to Mount Rainier, my go-to park, my happy…
“Hike until you hit deep snow,” the ranger told us. “Then turn around.” Great advice, unless there is no deep snow.