Archives for November 2011

Sonoma County

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! As of my last post, I'd arrived in Geyserville at the home of my old high school buddy Star Thorpe. After introducing her two dogs to my two dogs and getting caught up a bit we hopped down the street to where her husband, … [Read more...]

Stormy Weather

Since my last post I continued south along the Oregon coast through some beautiful vistas and heavy weather.  By the time I broke camp after my trip back up the Umpqua River it was well into the afternoon and I didn't make it too far south before the … [Read more...]

When I Think It Can't Possibly Get Any Better…

...It does!!! I headed south a couple days ago into what I knew was going to be some nasty weather. My plan was to head for the coast mid way through Oregon since I'd done the northern coast a couple weeks ago. As luck would have it, as I was moving … [Read more...]

There's No Place Like Home

I'm with Dorothy on that sentiment... there truly is no place like home. It was with mixed feelings that I left this morning at the crack of dawn. Especially hard to see the sad look on my father's face. "When will you be back?" he asked. "I don't … [Read more...]

Interview: Breadcrumbs – A GPS mapping app

We've been testing every GPS mapping app and plugin we could find here on Trail Sherpa.  And the results have been disappointing.  That is, until we found Breadcrumbs. Their web-based GPS track management app is very easy to use, intuitive for the … [Read more...]

Last Trip North Before I Head South

It's hard to believe I've been in Washington for a month already. With the exception of a few excursions I've been anchored in my home town of Longview, just soaking up some lovin' and family time. As I mentioned before, I've made it a point to … [Read more...]

Interview: Rafflecopter

I had an opportunity to use Rafflecopter recently for a giveaway we were doing on Trail Sherpa to accompany our first gear review of the Geigerrig Hydration System.  The promotion went seamlessly and one lucky hiker walked away with a new Geigerrig … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Elissa!

This post is dedicated to the most precious gift I've ever been given, my darling daughter Elissa! 19 years ago my baby girl was born. Out of the gates full speed this one... intense labor followed by intense colic and soon after... intense tantrums. … [Read more...]

The Oregon Coast (Warning, image intensive!)

Although I grew up in the Northwest and was fortunate to see many beautiful places here when I was young, I moved away my third year of college and haven’t had much opportunity to explore the area as an adult. While here for some time with my family … [Read more...]

When Life Gives You Spotted Apples…

...Cut 'em up and make the best damn applesauce you can out of them!! While visiting my brother Eric and his family in Burlington WA last week I picked a bunch of apples from the trees in their back yard. His wife Amy told me she had not used any … [Read more...]

And The Two Shall Become One

Apologies again for the gap between posts. I imagine this may happen from time to time  as I get caught up with events that limit the quiet, reflective time I spend writing and sorting through the images I’m gathering along the way. I have thoroughly … [Read more...]

The Basics: 5 things to take with you on a day hike

I have been reading lots of stories of day hikes gone wrong lately.  I covered the topic of rescues in Yosemite in a post a few weeks ago. And this week another story of rescue hit the press. He went off trail and found himself stuck with no cell … [Read more...]

Safely finding and pushing your limits as a hiker

It's not always easy to find our limits as day hikers.  Some physical limits can only be defined in extreme conditions, maybe only under the harshest weather or terrain.  Mental limits can present themselves regardless of the conditions, terrain, or … [Read more...]