backpacking the enchantments.

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heyyyyyyyy.

this trip happened back in june when summer was just upon us!

i had several perdy photos from my phone so i still wanted to share them here :)

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pete won the enchantments lottery for this particular area - eightmile lake and lake caroline (if you’re not from washington, the enchantments are a big region of mountains and the most gorgeous alpine lakes that are only accessible via a lottery system that people enter in every year to be able to go hiking & camping there). we brought tom dad with us for the four-day journey. he did so great (better than me, lol). 65 and strong as an ox.

we weren’t placed in the “core enchantments” that are the most primo spot to win, but an area just outside of the core that was still beautiful as ever.

once we got up here, we totally understood the need for the lottery system. if these areas were just regular ol’ hikes accessible to all the humans at all times, they would not be nearly as pristine and amazing as they are!

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we hiked in to eightmile lake for the first night of camping. it rained just a little bit, but it was fine. the next morning when we woke up we saw the lake in all it’s daytime glory. sooo pretty.

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we hung here for a bit, enjoyed the sunshine, made brekky, & the boys tried to catch some fish.

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then we packed everything back into our backpacks and carried on to lake caroline. this was a challenging, long hike, but totally doable if you’re a regular hiker. i’m just a weenie when there’s lots of hot sun - i get hot & bothered pretty quickly. the cooler weather is just much easier for me to hike in.

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this reminded me of the italian alps or something! i’d wished we’d come upon a cozy mountain shack with cheese and salami to munch on, haha. so gorgeous here!

the wildfires that happen in eastern washington are no joke. you can see all the fire damage here from the previous years’ fires.

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 pano by peter.

pano by peter.

 pano by peter!

pano by peter!

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almost there almost there almost there.

just give me sleeping bag, get me horizontal, some astronaut food in my bellay, that tiny box of wine i carted up this mountain, please!

my friend billy!!!!! he was cool. i was not skerred of him at all. he was a big ass mountain goat, though.

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we camped at lake caroline for two nights and had a great time doing shorter hikes during the day, attempting to catch fish, reading, and chillin. pete and tom hiked way way way up one day and got some incredible photos. i opted to snooze in the tent in the sunshine and read and hang out with my bff billy.

 where pete & tom went!!!

where pete & tom went!!!

 pete’s photo of a big fat marmot!

pete’s photo of a big fat marmot!

 wilderness people.

wilderness people.

 another pete pano!

another pete pano!

^ check out the wildlife. all the snow white vibes.

big goat, two deer, marmots and chipmunks abound.

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as with every hike down, we talked about cheeseburgers and beer the entire way after 4 days of astronaut food and trail mix. we left the wilderness just as a torrential downpour hit the trailhead and an army of mosquitos appeared out of nowhere. perfect timing, i say.

simply stunning up here!!! if you get the opportunity to explore the enchantments, do it!

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memorial day weekend 2018: west coast volkswagen road trip, round two.

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i plum forgot i had a bunch of fun photos from our road trip over memorial day weekend!

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this is our 5th annual road trip that we've taken over memorial day weekend, and the 4th one in our volkswagen bus! we've been really trying to make it out to glacier national park in montana, but the end of may still has some funky weather and snow there.

so this time we just went down the coast like we've done once before. we didn't have any stops or camp spots planned out ahead of time, which always ends up being the best experience, in my opinion. just pull over when you see somethin' you like.

that's myyy motto. 

and iiiiii like ice cream. 

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this tillamook mudslide extravaganza really set the tone for me on this trip haha. 

i. was. so. happy. 

& i daydream of this very ice cream cone often. 

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pelican brewing in pacific city. 

we loved it! you can stick your toes in the sand and have a brew while you wait for your table. and its right on the beach. 

we were reeeeeally digging the oregon coast this time. glad we spent most of this day pit stopping all along the coast. 

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it's sooo freaking expansive. just beach for miles. so cool. 

we turned off onto a random campground we noticed on the ocean side of the highway, and they had 2 sites left. yahoooo. sold! to us. 

it was tillicum beach campground and it was perfecto. right above the beach. 

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lovely morning coffee beach walk and then we pressed on south.

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never pass up an opportunity to take a photo of the chedd in front of anything cute. 

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almost entering caaaaaaalifornia.  this looks very hawaii to me!

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perdy beach flowers and almost to our final destination of arcata, california to visit brother phil. 

^ the bread section at the food co-op made me chuckle. baker sick. no bread for you.

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after spending some time with phil in arcata and eureka, we camped near boonville so that we could hit up anderson valley brewing the next day before our journey home. 

doesn't the cheddar bus look so cutes in the morning forest light? :) this photo was featured on real simple magazine's instagram, too. 

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northern california is preeeeeeetttyyyyyyyyyyy. such beautiful landscapes. 

we made it to anderson valley brewing for our last stop before our long journey back to seattle. we love it there so much and wish we could have sat out on their back patio all day!

it was hotttttttttttttt on our drive north on I-5. we were losin it. the bus had no problems, but it was getting hot hot hot with a hot breeze on top. we eventually stopped in ashland, oregon late that night for food. i liked ashland a lot from what i saw! seemed real charming to me even in the dark lol. they love their shakespeare, that's for sure. 

i really loved these five free days with no agenda, tootin' down the highway in the chedd, our cassette tapes blasting, exploring that west coast best coast!


previous memorial day weekend roadtrips:

(apparently the first one that we took in my car was labor day weekend, but i haven't seen these pics in soo long and they're cute...way back from my photo dump blogging days with no writing whatsoever, lol. & crater lake is incredible!)

2012  //  2014: Part 1Part 2 //  2015  //  2016  //  2017

 

 

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palm springs.

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i am lucky to have grandparents who live in a beautiful, relaxing and warm climate that's just a quick plane ride away.

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i am also lucky to have my grandparents.

they are truly THE cutest. they are 91 and still so in love with each other. they start to miss one another when they are in separate rooms. they are so good to one another and can also be sassy with a sense of humor. i love watching them together. this june is their 70th wedding anniversary. omgomgomg. i love them so much. 

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pete and i just went down there for 5 days to visit my g-parents, spend some quality time in the sunshine, and also see our friendzies for the weekend. 

^ mt. rainier always so majestic from the plane. 

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the grapefruit trees at my grandparents' place were brimming with these monster grapefruits! we plucked em off each afternoon for the next morning's breakfast. they smell incredible right off the tree. and they're HUGE and so juicy.

my granny used to have grapefruit halves set out in the morning when my family would be down there visiting - and she'd always pre-cut around the little wedges so it was easy to eat. what a sweet dear. it's the most pleasant time there in the morning. sitting out on the front patio with fresh grapefruit & coffee, the view of the desert mountains, palm trees, birds chirping, and the smell of all the warm flowers. all the feels. 

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it was super hot. about 105 degrees each afternoon. none of the elders even wanna go outside in these temps, so we had the pools all to ourselves the entire time. 

desert beauties.

^ early birds at arrive. avo toast and mimosas by the pool, don't mind if i do!

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pool boyz & margaritas. so fun to lounge around with marisa & foster on a saturday morn.

we had a fun & funny cinco de mayo!!!! so happy to have this arrangement with our pals who live in LA now and they've been driving over to the desert the last couple times we've been in palm springs. love ya maris & fos!

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^ grapefruit pluckin' time.

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^ this one goes out to my girl A.Jo.

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^ night moves. 

we did an early morning hike at tahquitz canyon that was pretty quick and fun. there was a pretty little waterfall oasis at the end. 

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always a glorious chill time spent in the desert. when you're laying poolside staring up at palm trees with a HOT breeze over your bod, its quiet, the birds are chirping and you can smell the desert flowers, you've hit peak relaxation. 

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be back, p.s.!

 

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