Dog Friendly Hike: Gem Lake via Snow Lake

Hike or Cackpack to Dog Friendly Gem Lake

Our first backpacking trip with the dogs this year was up to Gem Lake. The most common way to get up to Gem Lake is via the Snow Lake trail so that's what we did. Snow Lake is one of my favorite dog friendly trails near Seattle because it's not too hard but the destination is absolutely amazing. It's a 5 mile hike up to Gem Lake (about 1.5 miles past Snow Lake) so we got started in the … [Read more...]

Backpacks, Lakes, and Humble Pie

Gem Lake Snoqualmie Pass

It's trips like this where you learn the best lessons. The first backpacking trip of the year never goes smoothly. It doesn't matter how many lists of equipment you made, or how much you try and remember what happened last year, some of the important memories fade and things get forgotten. Our first backpacking trip of the season with the dogs was last weekend. We hiked past one of our … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Trails Day by Picking Up Other People’s Trash

Lake Twentytwo View

This past Saturday, National Trails Day, we did our part to help preserve our trails. Through our Seattle Active Dogs Meetup group (I organize a group for all dogs - not just Doxies - now too), I organized a small group to hike the Lake Twentytwo trail and pick up trash. The last time we hiked there, the trail was super, super crowded and I was horrified by the amount of trash I saw. I used … [Read more...]

Paddleboarding the Day Away on Lake Wenatchee

Slider Feature Final

So, when we last left you in Part 1, we were getting lucky camping at Lake Wenatchee and had just witnessed one of the most spectacular sunsets I've seen. Our friends saved the morning by bringing coffee, since we had forgotten ours at home (great friends right?), and we headed to the beach. This has been my most beautiful paddleboard experience to date (well, I've only had around a dozen … [Read more...]

Getting Lucky While Camping at Lake Wenatchee State Park

Lake Wenatchee State Park Car Camping

I've been going to the area near Lake Wenatchee for many, many years. However, I think I have only been to the lake 3 or 4 times in my life and the last time was well over 10 years ago. My hubby and I just got paddleboards and we were itching to use them. He was curious about Lake Wenatchee since he has never been there so we thought we would head east of the mountains to check it out. The … [Read more...]

Dog Friendly Trail Adventure: Lake TwentyTwo

Gretel at Lake Twentytwo with Mount Pilchuck in the background

I got the "ok to hike" from the doctor. I was itching to hit the trail after being sidelined on the couch with pneumonia for almost three weeks. I decided to check Lake Twentytwo off of my bucket list so my hubby and I packed up the dogs and headed out. The Lake Twentytwo trailhead is only about a mile away from the Heather Lake trail, which was Gretel's very first hike. That was the hike that … [Read more...]

The Wieners Are Out In Full Force

Adventureweiner Club April 2015

We're starting to get our summer crowd back for the Adventureweiner Club Green Lake walk. We had over 30 people and almost 40 wieners show up. The event can draw up to 50 people during the summer months. Maybe it was  the good weather.... or maybe it was the lure of free stuff. Ha, ha. The creator of the Purggo all natural car air filter and freshener came to give out samples to the … [Read more...]

I Win Because I Have Thumbs


That is what I tell Chester when he is naughty. Sometimes I think the only thing that keeps him from totally running my life, or being as challenging as a human child, is the fact that he doesn't have thumbs. Today is National "If Pets Had Thumbs Day". Seriously, that is listed as a real pet-related holiday. So what happens on If Pets Had Thumbs Day? I am not quite sure but it made me giggle … [Read more...]

Dog Friendly Trail Adventure: Lake Serene

Lake Serene Lunch

Our Adventure Finishing up my final quarter in graduate school has been stressful so I decided to take a whole day off to hike and clear my head. A couple of my local hiking friends were heading to Lake Serene, and I had never been, so I decided to go. It was rare to be able to go this time of year. Normally, the trail and lake are under feet of snow in late February. We have had an incredibly … [Read more...]

Enjoying A Spring Hike In February – Source Lake


While a good part of the country is experiencing record snowfall and extreme low temperatures we are experiencing record high temperatures here in Seattle. It's like spring already around here  - 60s and sunny. Birds are chirping, crocus and daffodils are popping up, and cherry trees are blooming already. Even though the snowfall in the mountains is way lower than average, we are still getting … [Read more...]

Great Loss Can Inspire Great Adventure and Change Lives

Road Trip

I remember seeing Cheryl Strayed speak about the release of her book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail at the Seattle REI a couple of years ago. Cheryl and her book are in the limelight again due to the release of the move Wild, based on her book. Cheryl found herself alone on the Pacific Crest Trail - inexperienced and desperate to reclaim her life after the loss of her Mom … [Read more...]