Author: Rob Portinga

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Skyline Lake

It’s not always about how far we go… sometimes it’s just about enjoying the trip.. and the wonderful views you see along the way. Today was such a day, we probably spent as much time in the car as we...

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Goat Creek Trail & Cathedral Falls

Today’s hike was a quick trip to an area on the north edge of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. I’ve been there a couple other times in the last year, and it’s...

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Point Defiance Park

Sunday I decided I just needed to wander a bit… but didn’t have the opportunity to go far from home. Fortunately, I didn’t need to… right in Tacoma is Point Defiance Park. It’s a nice park that juts out in...

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Carbon River Rd to Green Lake

Saturday we did a trail that I’ve done a portion of… and only did a portion of what I did before. Last year I trekked the Carbon River Road to Ipsut Creek Campground. That’s about a 10 or so mile...

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Goat Creek Trail & Cathedral Falls

November 11, 2017 – Goat Creek and Cathedral Falls is one I’ve been to a couple times now, and there are some more trails near here I still want to check out. Today a group of us did about 7miles...

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Well that tears it…

I’ve mentioned in a video or three that I’ve posted lately, that it gets a bit rainy around here this time of year. Just a touch. Average, annual precipitation in the Olympic or Cascade mountain areas, ranges from about 60-180 inches. It’s...

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Rock Candy Trail – Capitol State Forest

Capitol State Forest is a working forest and outdoor recreational area just outside Olympia… and someplace I have been many times because it has a lot of different trails and because it is so close and easy to get to....

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Are you doing your laundry wrong?

I thought this was kind of entertaining… and it’s not really anything that I have not heard before. But it came up at an opportune time for me because I just ordered a new batch of Soap Nuts. Soap nuts...

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Franklin Falls

Franklin Falls is a very popular destination in the Snoqualmie Pass area. It’s smack-dab in the middle of I-90 in fact, in an area created by a split between the east and west bound lanes. In the summer, it’s a short...

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Urban Hike: Downtown Denver

I’m not really sure what the difference is between hiking and walking…? How do you define it? Is it terrain? distance? or maybe just attitude? Whatever, I found myself with a few free hours while in Downtown Denver after we...