Washington has provided the most fantastic summer of my life. Three National Parks, a climb on Mt Rainier, countless miles of hiking and packrafting, delicious beers, great new friends… I couldn’t be happier or feel more lucky to have gotten to be here. All that was accomplished is still just a scratch on the surface!?! I am almost certain Washington will be a repeat visit in the future!
The next chapter in this book of adventures leads us to Chandler, AZ! After a winter in Denver, being a snowbird doesn’t sound all that bad haha. I am really excited to get to experience all that great desert southwest action! Mountain biking, desert camping sans rain fly haha, climbing?, packrafting the Colorado and elsewhere… so many activities! haha
Getting packed now as we have three whole weeks of travel time before we get there! Portland, Crater Lake, Redwood, Kings Canyon/Sequoia, Lake Mead, Zion Bryce Canyon, and Grand Canyon Natl Parks are all on the order! 8-)
Had to turn back due to heavy thunderstorms and whiteout at 7300ft +… As a severe novice, I have to say, safety above all else and while my drive wanted to push on and just do the damn thing, my better judgment said “hey. wait for some better weather so at least you’ll see something up there.” Going to attempt a second ascent Sunday into Monday!
PS The Skyline trail held spectacularly breathtaking views!
How do I get the smell of campfire out of our sleeping bags?
Well, I personally love that smell, as my blog name denotes :) BUT I have heard several methods work for removing the scent from textiles.
– The first step, as with all gear, is to air it out after use and always wash per label directions. Especially if it’s a down bag.
– Any anti-microbial detergent will work without question. Sport-Wash Scent Free Detergent by Sno-Seal is a brand that you can get at a lot of outdoor retailers.
There are, however, a lot of alternative methods. Some say using a can of regular Coca Cola Classic along with your wash and detergent works. Some say to add vinegar to your load and soame say to use Borax. I don’t know if I’d trust any of these since $5 for a legit detergent at REI is a way safer bet than messing up my nice down sleeping bag! ;)