Having lived here for my entire 28-ish years, I wish I could say that I have been exploring for just as long, but I started a couple of years ago. I actually started hiking to take pictures of beer! I was able to make it to the top of Mount Si thanks to the help of a kind lady who gave me some of her energy beans and a granola bar. That kindness and feeling of achievement from reaching the top got me hooked. I have since found that the nicest people in our state are hikers. I would guess this is due to the fact that any time with nature is better than the best day at a desk. I have long appreciated the beauty of Washington state, but never knew what I’d take away from exploring it up close. I am now obsessed with finding obscure places that look like they should be on postcards and sharing them through the lens of my camera.
I firmly believe that every hiker needs a beer or three at their final destination. I will never consider myself to be an ultralight backpacker, because beer is a necessity. My girlfriend and I have spent the better part of the last year getting out to any hike-able mountain lakes and peaks that we can find. We started backpacking late last summer, and I have spent every moment since the weather turned bad in October like a guy in a full-body cast just itching to get out.
We have a big trip through the Enchantments to start the summer, and then we will be bouncing all over Washington and Oregon in search of new places. My Summer 2017 bucket list includes the Ozette Triangle, Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, and Enchanted Valley out on the Olympic Peninsula.