Monday, May 29, 2017

Leo's Washington Coast Trip

For the long Memorial Day weekend Emily and I decided to take Leo on a road trip.  This is a tough time of year as the snow is too deep for any serious mountain backpacking and anything else we could have decided up on we wouldn’t have been able to bring Leo.  So, on a whim we headed north towards Bellingham, WA with the intention of driving down through Whidbey Island and then around the Olympic Peninsula which Emily hadn’t seen yet.  We had no concrete places to sleep and no clear itinerary yet it turned out to be a blast!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yakima River Camping & Wind Farm

This week I was invited by BD Aerial to join them on a wind turbine inspection at a wind farm just outside of Elllensburg in Washington.  It was a long drive so we decided to leave on Wednesday evening and drive as far as we could to camp before the Thursday acquisition.  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hood River to Rowena Crest

With Emily on the coast for girls weekend Eric and I decided to go for a bike ride in the Columbia Gorge.  The plan was to ride from Hood River along the Mark Hatfield trail (Mosier Twin Tunnels) through Rowena Crest to the Dalles.  The only problem was that we had heard about a rock slide below Rowena Crest viewpoint that might stop us.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Newton Clark Headwall - WyEast Face - Mt. Hood Ski Descent

At 4am on Tuesday I headed up to Mount Hood to meet my buddy Mike D. for our 2nd attempt at skiing the Newton Clark Headwall on Mount Hood, listed as one of the 50 classic ski descents of North America.  Last year we had been turned around by high winds but this year the weather looked perfect and having lost nearly 30 pounds since January I was ready to give it a go.  Read  on…