Ascending Mt. Hood — to Yocum Ridge

After enjoying a bit of city life in Portland, we were headed to the wilderness for what would become another life-changing experience. As we drove toward Mt. Hood, it was at my first glimpse of the mountain that I started getting butterflies. They were a mix of excitement and nerves; the same I had felt…

Oregon Dunes: Lots of Sand

We stayed at Oregon Dunes since it was a good halfway point between Redwood National Park and Portland, Oregon. After some beautiful views of the Oregon Coast, we arrived here later in the day with enough time to check out the dunes and set up camp before nightfall. It’s a cool place for families, having…

Roadtrip: Beautiful Stops on the Oregon Coast

One of the greatest parts of any road-trip is the feeling of adventure that comes along with it. Although a lot of our trip was planned, it was the spontaneous stops that allowed us to discover some of Oregon’s coastal treasures. After our time at Redwood National Park in California, we headed up Coastal Highway 101…

Redwood National Park: Backcountry Adventures

After doing some sight seeing around Redwood National Park, we packed up our camp at Elk Prairie campground and readied our backpacks. For our second night, we got a free permit for Flint Ridge campground, which is just south of the Klamath River. We parked at the west access, which is right above the beautiful coast on…

How to Keep the Bears Away, Gear & Tips

With our passion for backpacking in the backcountry growing, it was inevitable to eventually find ourselves in bear country. Our first experience was on our most recent trip to Northern California and Oregon. With overnights at Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Mount Hood National Forest, and Crater Lake National Park, we knew we needed…

Point Reyes National Seashore

We chose to stop at Point Reyes National Seashore as a break point between our drive from San Francisco to Redwood National Park. Point Reyes is located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, and has a few hike-in campgrounds, all with varying distances and elevations. Each requires a permit in advance. We stayed at the…

A Small Glimpse of San Francisco

San Francisco was the start and finish point of our Pacific Northwest road trip, and we used it more as a place of rest before and after flights. We did, however, still do some exploring in the time we had. For starters, I hadn’t realized how cold San Francisco would be in August. When a…