Achievement Unlocked! Tiger Mountain Trail Through-Hike

I love hiking long trails. What I don’t love about long-distance hiking, however, is being away from my family for extended periods of time. Luckily for me, there are lots of shorter “long trails” in my area to explore. The Tiger Mountain Trail (TMT) is one of those trails. Traversing the entire length of the Tiger Mountain State Forest, the TMT is rugged and wild and attracts a fraction of the crowds that flock to more popular trails with big views.

Pacific Crest Trail Day 138 – In Which Unicorn Swoons over the Breakfast Buffet at Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge is an impressive building – it was built in the 1930s and is now preserved as a historical landmark. The breakfast buffet is renowned among through hikers – all you can eat breakfasty goodness for only $16. They had a make-your-own waffle station, pitchers of smoothies, pastries, fruit, yogurt, assorted breakfast meats, cheesy eggs… and lots of other goodies that I can’t remember. Everything was delicious and just a little bit fancy…

Pacific Crest Trail Day 137 – Sunset at Mt. Hood

I woke tired and sore from my long day yesterday. I let myself stay in my sleeping quilt a little longer than usual as a reward for yesterday’s exertions. Eventually I got up and packed up my tent. I went down to the edge of the lake to wash my hands and I glanced up to see a group of 3-4 otters swimming around the little inlet I was camped next to.