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Hood River, OR

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Happy early birthday to Cary! We celebrated with some kiteboarding in Hood River, a requested repeat of a birthday adventure from 3 years ago (but with the advantage of much more reliable wind).

Windy

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Now that my hair is really long, its important to take lots of pictures of it going crazy in the wind.

White Salmon, WA

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The airbnb where we stayed was just outside of the town of White Salmon. Super close to wind sports, an hour from skiing, 2 hours from climbing, and 2 hours from the beach, Cary and I totally started looking at land around this area to build our own cabin we loved it so much! :)

Mount Ellinor, WA

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We took advantage of our time on the peninsula by checking out a day hike we wouldn't usually drive over for otherwise. Mount Ellinor is a steep hike with panoramic views of the sound and the Olympics, but due to the weather we ended up with lots of mysterious fog and a few close encounters with goats. Park rangers on the trail gave us a heads up that the goats were quite habituated, and not to freak out if they got closer than expected, but we didn't spend too long at the top to avoid any major goat drama. Sarah totally has a future as a goat whisperer, if that ever becomes a thing.

Bremerton Ferry

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Headed over to the peninsula for Backcountry Whit's 30th birthday this weekend. Since the line to Bainbridge was super long, we opted to take the ferry over to Bremerton instead. What an awesome route! Great views of West Seattle and the city from the water.

Long Days

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Its the busy season at work again (thus the lack of cool outdoorsy photos right now). But at least there are great sunsets I can watch from our place every night.

Draaank

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Concocted a super fresh, summery drink tonight. Dry Sparkling Watermelon soda + gin + raspberries. YUM.

Pilot Ridge, WA

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It's backpacking season! Warm days in the mountains have melted out most of the snow, flowers are in bloom, and berries are just starting to ripen at lower elevations. For the long weekend, Cary and I picked out an epic backpacking loop that would take all 3 days. We did the White Pass - Pilot Ridge loop in the opposite direction than most people take, climbing the 5,000 ft from the river up to the ridge right away, rather than spend time in the trees for a slower climb up the valley. The views were epic, but unfortunately there was more snow than anticipated at the notch above Blue Lake, and we were sans micro-spike or crampons and ice axes, so we shortened our trip into a 20-mile out and back instead. We'll definitely have to come back and try the rest of the loop sometime on a regular weekend.