Tag: Hiking

Bought New Boots

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That’s right! I did it! I bought new hiking boots. I definitely need to get them broken in before I do any major hiking.

I was starting to get a bit of cabin fever because it has snowed on and off this whole week, so I went to the Danner Factory Outlet up on NE Airport Way. I bought a pair of Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots, which is the same style of boots that Reese Witherspoon wore in the movie “Wild”.

I decided to go with the Factory seconds that I found in my size. They look good, and that while they have have more minor imperfections, they are still well made (and cost less than the Factory firsts).

While I was out today, and beings that the roads were totally fine by early in the afternoon, I also ran to the mall to go to REI and Eddie Bauer. Yep, outdoorsy girl heaven right there.

At REI, I picked up a couple pairs of hiking socks, mainly for while I am trying to get my Danner’s broken in, and saving the socks I make myself for once my boots are broken in. I also picked up a travel wallet, mainly because it can hold my cellphone as help me stick with only the necessities for going out and about. I also picked up a new flip lid for my 20 oz hydroflask, in blue so it will match, and a pink rubbery bottom for the aforementioned hydroflask.

While I was at the mall I went in and went to Eddie Bauer, and picked up what they call the “connect tech travel bag”, which is a smaller purse like bag that can fit a wallet, cellphone, keys, a small tablet and a few other necessities.

I love going shopping at REI, and Eddie Bauer is nice when you are looking for something in particular.

Danner is a Portland company with roots going back to the 1930’s. REI was started in (and is still based out of) Seattle, and Eddie Bauer is based out of Bellevue, Wa (a suburb of Seattle). The Seattle area is local enough for me.

The hiking socks I bought as well as the Danner boots are made here in the USA, which makes me feel even better about them.

This spring and summer I am definitely wanting and needing to do some more hiking.

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Time for new Hiking Boots?

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I bought my first pair of boots a few years ago, and I have never really liked them. Once I have actually been wearing them hiking, I quickly realized how bad of a fit for me.

The last time I went hiking in them, I was left with the biggest blister on the side of one of my heels, and my feet were constantly sliding forward in the boots as I hiked down hill.

So my point is, is that it is time for new hiking boots, so I can get back out hiking and enjoy it.

I am still looking at hiking boots and brands. I am definitely staying away from the super heavy boots that are meant for mountaineering and such. I am not there yet.

While I am leaning more towards Danner boots, as they are a local brand and well made I am open to other brands. Merrill Moab boots are out as that is why I currently have and I am replacing them. I am looking for something with good support and stability, as well as durability.

I am definitely wanting to get back in to hiking and working my way up to some more intense hikes, and I need my boots to hold up and last more than a season.

The Aftermath of Hiking

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The hike I went on yesterday was fun, but now I am paying for it, with a blister and sore muscles and joints. 

I put my ankle brace on my left ankle and I am sitting here with ice packs on both of my knees. I have also taken some Ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling. 

My left ankle was severely injured about 14 years ago, when I badly sprained it, and was not able to let it heal properly.

I love hiking and don’t want to give up hiking, even though I have old injuries to contend with and am more apt to reinjure them. 

I am quickly learning that footwear is important, and even though I have hiking boots, I feel like they are a bit too loose for my feet, so when I can get back to working again, I need to try out more pairs. I am willing to pay for a quality pair (or pairs) of hiking boots when I find a good fit. 

I know I really need to work up to more strenuous hikes, and get my body used to moving more than I currently do. Getting my muscles and joints used to moving more will help. I also need to do more “easy” hikes and get my body used to elevation gains and descents, as well as rougher terrain. After yesterday I also want to steer clear of the popular spots during peak times/seasons so I don’t have to contend with a ton of people trying to go by, and walking on the rougher edges where I would be more apt to roll or resprain my ankle or pop one of my knees out of joints. Earlier Mornings (like as soon as the park opens or as late as 8:30 – 9:00 am to start out) and the off seasons are good for the popular spots, especially the ones with narrow trails. 

I will be fine in a few days. 

When Your Legs feel like Jelly

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It’s been a while since I have gone for a hike, so yesterday (Tuesday) I went for a short (somewhere in the ball park of 2 – 3 miles) hike at Silver Falls State Park. 

There are several things I learned yesterday: 

1. Start off with an easier hike when so out of shape

2. Pick a less popular spot in the summer, the tourists will stop right in front of you on a narrow path to take a picture and slow you down

3. Don’t go hiking on such a warm day (or go in the morning if I am visiting someplace with a warm to hot climate)

4. If I ever have kids, take them hiking from the time they are still being worn in a mobywrap type wrap (or at least a backpack carrier) so they will learn to love it from a young age and have fewer meltdowns on the trail. 

5. Invest in a better pair of hiking boots

6. Finish knitting up my boot socks, as Hanes socks don’t stop blisters. 

7. Wear as lightweight clothing as possible this time of year. Jeans are just too hot.

I do have to say that when I got away from where the bulk of the crowds were congregated, it was fairly quiet of human sounds, and the air smelled like being in the woods (which I was), and a bit like being at summer camp. The birds were chirping and you could hear the sounds of the creek flowing by as well as the sound of water going over the falls. 

I feel like I may have gotten a little sun kissed, but not too bad. I thought about putting on sun block, then reminded myself that I could use the vitamin D. We don’t get enough of it this far north, especially for those like me, who prefer to hide out indoors when it is sunny and warm. I know sunburns aren’t good for your skin either, it doesn’t look like I really got burned, my arms just feel a little warm. 

I could totally tell that my muscles aren’t used to hiking anymore, and that I will likely be sore in the morning. By part way through my legs were feeling like jelly. 

Note to self: I need to go for more walks and easy hikes, before I really try tackling more of the moderate to difficult hikes and work up to them. That, ultimately is my goal, to be able to go on longer and more strenuous hikes. I want to have the stamina and endurance to be able to do the whole 8.7 mile trail of ten falls loop hike at Silver Falls State Park, and be able to do it easily in a few hours. It is a “moderate” difficulty hike with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. That is my first “big hike” goal, from there I would love to consider doing other tougher hikes. 


Oregon has so many hidden and not so hidden gems to be explored, that I could be kept busy for a while exploring what is in my own home state. 

Ready for New Adventures 

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I know I mentioned in my last post, that I love this part of the country, which is 100% true, I do love it here. At the same time, I am ready to move. I don’t want to move super far away, but I am wanting to move somewhere that would open up more adventure opportunities that are in the Rocky Mountain region, yet also near an international airport. 

Living where I am, we have old company owned lumber mill towns that have been Demolished, and are not open to be explored. 

I am wanting to go and explore the old gold and silver towns, and towns of the Old West / Wild West history. I am always looking for new content to write about and post pictures of for you all. 

While I love this part of the country, I can only go back to the same places so many times before it is redundant, and boring for all of you, as well as for me. 

I will keep you all updated when things and the details fall into place and a move takes place. 

Places I want to go Hiking

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I have done a bit of hiking here in Oregon, and I really want to go hiking other places as well. I have begun a list of places I want to go hiking in. Some of the hikes I want to go on will also include camping, which is totally fine by me.

  • Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs
  • Trail of Ten Falls Loop – Silver Falls State Park – Oregon
  • Alaska
  • The Scottish Highlands
  • Short 2 – 5 day hikes in the Sierra Nevadas, along the PCT
  • Somewhere in the Colorado Rockies
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley – Arizona
  • The Great Smoky Mountains
  • The Adirondack Mountains
  • The Peak District – UK
  • Lake Louise – Alberta

This is not a complete list, it is just the beginning. I know I want to do more hiking than what I have listed here. The places I have listed above are just the places I currently know that I want to go hiking at.

As I do more hiking, and go on more adventures I will for sure be keeping you all updated.

If you all want to see more pictures from my adventures than what I post here on the blog, be sure that you have liked my Facebook page, as I will be posting pictures, and updates and all that kind of stuff there, that I may not necessarily post here on my blog.

Hikes I have been on

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I decided to compile a list of the Hikes I know I have been on, there may be more that I am not remembering at the moment, but these are the ones I can remember.

I am hoping to be adding to this list over the next few years. If you have any recommendations, leave me a comment down below, and you never know, it could show up in a future blog post about hikes I have been on.

British Columbia:
Barkerville to Richfield
John’s Island – Francois Lake
Skihist Provincial Park

California:
Trees of Mystery – there are a few easy trails on this site that I have done

Hawaii:
Waimea Falls Park – Waimea Valley, Oahu. It is an easy hike in the valley, up to a waterfall at the end.

Washington:
Tumwater Falls Park
North head lighthouse & Cape Disappointment Lighthouse – along the SW Washington Coast
Mt Saint Helens Forest Learning
Johnston Ridge Observatory – there are some hiking trails around there that I have done.
From what my brother can remember, our grandparents probably took us on a hike along the puget sound.

Oregon:
Multnomah Falls
Bridal Veil Falls
Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Clatsop State Park
Oxbow Regional Park
Mt Talbert
Mt Tabor
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Forest Park
Washington Park
Silver Falls State Park (just a portion of it, not the whole thing)
Oregon Caves
South Beach State Park, where the campground is roughly 1/4 to 1/2 Mile from the actual beach line