Cooper Spur: Snow, Ice, and Rocks

Mt. Hood and the Elliot Glacier from the Cooper Spur Trail, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Mt. Hood and the Elliot Glacier from the Cooper Spur Trail

Sometimes we just have to do a hike twice. It’s just that epic; that worth redoing that we’ll drive 100 miles out of our way just to do a single hike again. Such is Cooper Spur, high on the side of Mt. Hood, spectacularly showcasing the Elliot Glacier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Jefferson, and the lowlands surrounding the Columbia River. The trail itself has views most of the way up, leading to one of the highest dayhiker-accessible points on Mt. Hood. And at not quite 8 miles round trip, well, wouldn’t you want to hike it?

 

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Mt. Rainier (L) and Mt. Adams (R) across the Columbia in Washington, Cooper Spur Trail, Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Mt. Rainier (L) and Mt. Adams (R) across the Columbia in Washington

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Link Roundup: My Favorite Hiking Websites

Hiking Spray Park in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

Hiking Spray Park in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington

I’m sure we all have our favorite websites for planning hikes; the ones we love browsing or are our first “go-to” when we decide we want to hike in a certain area.  Below are some of my favorites; please feel free to post your favorites in the comments below!

 

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“All Over the US” Hiking Websites

Without SummitPost, remote and nearly-unknown destinations like Bonneville Pass in the Absaroka Range of Wyoming would never have entered our “must hike” list

Without SummitPost, remote and nearly-unknown destinations like Bonneville Pass in the Absaroka Range of Wyoming would never have entered our “must hike” list

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Fort Stanwix: The Hands-on Fort

Inside Fort Stanwix, Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York

Inside Fort Stanwix

For some reason, few people know about Fort Stanwix.  I live within a few hours, yet I’d never heard of it until one day when I was looking for national public lands areas near my home.  Then it went on the “someday soon” list.

 

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First view of Fort Stanwix from James Street, Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York

First view of Fort Stanwix from James Street

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A Day Canoe Trip in Voyageurs National Park

Kabetogama Lake in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Kabetogama Lake in Voyageurs National Park

Voyageurs National Park has been one of those places I’ve always thought about going, but could never figure out a good reason to.  For one thing, you really need a boat to see it (at least during the summer months), and for another, it isn’t exactly on the way to most other places I could go.  So it always was on the back of my mind, thinking someday, maybe, perhaps, we’d go.

 

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And we did.

 

Canoeing on Kabetogama Lake, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Canoeing on Kabetogama Lake

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10 Best Things to Do in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls from the Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls State Park, New York and Niagara Falls, Canada

Niagara Falls from the Rainbow Bridge

Sometimes I forget about the nice stuff near home.  It’s not that I don’t appreciate it.  I just don’t think about it because I’ve seen it enough times that my thoughts are on faraway places like the Tetons and the Grand Canyon.  So in today’s post, I’d like to honor an international destination that I always visit as a daytrip: Niagara Falls.  It really is a nice place, especially the Canadian side with its beautiful gardens and great views of the falls.  So, I thought I’d give my idea of …Read More

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Celebrating 20 Years of Family Vacations

Eating breakfast in Joshua Tree National Park, California, in the year 1995

Eating breakfast in Joshua Tree National Park in the year 1995

This week we’re celebrating 20 years of traveling together across the US!  Wow!  It’s been an exciting adventure together, and all the more exciting that we’re still (more or less) able to travel all together in the big green van (which is the follow up to the Big Maroon Van and the Big Blue Wagon!)  Hiking, driving, exploring, we’ve had times of our lives and memories to last a lifetime.  We’ve also racked up some statistics that blow my mind:

 

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Watching Old Faithful on that first trip to Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Watching Old Faithful on that first trip to Yellowstone National Park

48 – the number of state’s we’ve visited.  We’ve never been to Alaska or Hawaii, and, ironically, our final …Read More

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The 6 Best Day Hikes in Grand Canyon (South Rim)

Early Morning at the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Early Morning at the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park tops our list for the number of times we’ve visited a park.  At last count, between the North Rim, South Rim, and Toroweap Area, we’ve visited a total of 10 times – more than any other park in the US (other than local parks).  And are we tired of it?  Gracious no!  There’s something alluring about the Grand Canyon that keeps bringing us back, year after year, hike after hike, and view after view.  I even have a few more new hikes up my sleeve, waiting for the next time we can visit…

 

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Yucca along the Tonto Trail below Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Yucca along the Tonto Trail below Horseshoe Mesa

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Pictures: Lake Ann Trail to Swift Creek

Mt. Shuksan from the Lake Ann Trail, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Mt. Shuksan from the Lake Ann Trail

We really didn’t need to hike another trail.  We’d already hike most of the best-of-the-best around the Mt. Baker Highway, including Ptarmigan Ridge, Heliotrope Divide, Artist Ridge, and Skyline Divide.  Still, it was supposed to be rainy in North Cascades National Park (which it was) so we needed a half a day of adventuring before heading south.  So, for lack of information about a better short trail to hike, we walked about 2.75 miles down the Lake Ann Trail, which brought us to Swift Creek.  I won’t call it …Read More

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DIY Hand Sanitizer Holder

DIY hand sanitizer bottle holders

DIY hand sanitizer bottle holders

I think I must be a germaphobic.

 

Actually, it comes from being around a lot of little children and being sick constantly as a child, myself.  I just don’t want to get sick – even a common cold – because it goes around the house like an epidemic, and then we’re sick for two weeks, and who really likes that?  Washing our hands before we ate seemed to do some good, but there just isn’t a hand-washing station out in the wilderness every time we want to have a snack.  So when hand sanitizer came out on the market, we fell in love with it immediately.

 

Side view of one of the hand sanitizer holders.  The right flap flips down and buttons around a strap, belt loop, etc.

Side view of one of the holders. The right flap flips down and buttons around a strap, belt loop, etc.

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Biking the Auburn Trail / Lehigh Valley Trail

A little bridge over a stream and the railroad track crossing on the Auburn Trail, Victor, New York

A little bridge over a stream and the railroad track crossing on the Auburn Trail

A few weeks ago, I celebrated a birthday.  It was a bit of a milestone, I suppose.  Anyway, I decided that I’d like to really celebrate – like, something that lasted more than an hour or so.  So it was with great excitement that we planned a bike trip on a nearby Rails-to-Trails; about 20 miles on the Lehigh Valley Trail!

 

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Real train cars in Rochester Junction Park, along the Lehigh Valley Trail, New York

Real train cars in Rochester Junction Park, along the Lehigh Valley Trail

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