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…

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…