PNW

This past weekend we ran away to the woods for a night. We met John's family at Mount Rainier for some campfire fun, s'mores, day hiking, games and quality family time. We have made it a tradition the past few years to escape to Mount Rainier together (traditions are the best). This year we stayed at Ohanapecosh Campground (you can find more information on the campground here). In past years we have stayed at White River Campround (you can find more information on White River Campground here).  Ohanapecosh is located on the Southeast side of Mount Rainier National Park. The drive from Seattle to the campground is officially one of the most beautiful drives I have ever seen. It's currently the most beautiful PNW drive I have experienced to date. Ohanapecosh campground is located on a river (listening to the river at night, laying in our tent, gazing at the stars is incredible, not much can beat that). The campground is close to Silver Falls and Grove of the Patriarchs making it easy to take off for the day to explore. We spent all day Saturday exploring both popular hikes. Of course we started off the morning with campfire french pressed coffee and pancakes. We packed picnic lunch for Silver Falls, enjoyed lunch on river rocks beside the river. The water was like nothing I have seen before in the PNW. Crystal clear and blue! Absolutely a beautiful site. Grove of the Patriarchs was very busy but worth the crowds to see the amazing old growth. I had fun making my first ever snapchat story during that stroll (you can find me at "peubird"). We ended the day with BBQ burgers, cold rainier beer and a game of cornhole before we settled in by the campfire and made s'more. It was such a wonderful weekend. We already can't wait for next year. 

our tent makes camping easy. takes 5 minutes to set-up. we can take off after work in the blink of an eye when we want to. fits our spontaneous lifestyle. it's also makes a huge difference sleeping off the ground. our tent holds a queen built in mattress. it's very comfortable and cozy. you can read more about cascadia tents here

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French pressed coffee always has me like heyyyyyy

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Silver Falls

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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grove of the patriarchs

beer of choice after a long day of hiking.

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campfires are my favorite part about camping. what's your favorite part about camping?

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hiked to natural hot springs! first hot spring experience. i couldn't really believe how warm they really are!

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hiking with friends and family is the best! it really allows so much talking time, time to catch up, connect, share. it's such a unique and beautiful place to build relationships.

it is always tough to say goodbye to family. until next time mount rainier...