A little push goes a long way

Sometimes in life, you just need a push. I went to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park recently, when my sister-in-law Tori’s best friends – Tabitha and Cody – were in town from Texas. Like a good Washingtonian, when out of town visitors show up, I immediately took them to the mountain. My goal was…

Trail of the Shadows: Mt. Rainier National Park

The past four years, my family has used Longmire as a pit stop on the way to Paradise. When visiting Mt. Rainier National Park it is easy to overlook the Longmire area as it is pretty – but not as pretty as the aptly named Paradise. While camping at Big Creek Campground recently, we decided…

Mt. Rainier: A castle in the clouds

One of the best parts about living in Washington state is randomly stumbling upon different views of Mount Rainier. Of course, just because you live nearby doesn’t mean you will actually get to see the mountain. The first three times Veronica visited Washington, Rainier was shrouded by clouds – and two of those trips occurred…

Suntop Mountain fire lookout

Veronica and Catarina flew home to Texas for the weekend, leaving me in an empty house for the first time in two years. What is a man to do when he is suddenly a bachelor again? Go hiking, of course. A co-worker – Thomas Kyle-Milward – and myself wanted something that was nearby, would give…