Hello and Happy Fall! Can you believe it's here? I don't know about you, but I can't wait to dive into a fresh, cool season of fall foliage, larch peeping hikes, and waterfalls, as well as Sundays curled on the couch with a mug of tea and a roast in the oven.
As we wrap up the summer, I also wanted to say a big "Thank You!" to everyone who cheered for and donated to our team—The Big Three—during Washington Trails Association's 2017 Hike-a-Thon.
We are so proud to support an organization that is a tireless advocate for trails and outdoor access for all in Washington State, and we couldn't have done it without your support!
September 2017 marked our fifth anniversary, and we knew we wanted to do something special to celebrate. Onur had taken a day trip to Zion National Park—located in southwestern Utah—in 2016, and suggested we return for our anniversary. He didn't have to ask me twice; I was in!
Zion is famous for its sheer, multi-colored cliffs—uplifted layers of sedimentary rock known as the Grand Staircase—carved into a dazzling canyon. The Virgin River flows wide and easy along the length of the canyon, while soft brick- and sand-colored walls of sandstone rise like cathedrals from the valley floor. It was easy to lose ourselves in the magnitude and wonder of the place.
Although we'd only experience a partial eclipse from Coldwater Peak--about 97%--we thought it sounded like a fun activity to do together. The field trip included camping on Coldwater Ridge the night before, as well as dinner, breakfast, and lunch. Onur would have the chance to visit the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, a place he'd never been before, and we'd also be able to do something new together as a couple: camp together!