Author: Nick Martinson

The Milky Way stretching from Mt. Rainier to Mt. St. Helens in Washington 4

Getting started with astrophotography

  There’s something awe-inspiring about being out in a dark landscape and gazing at stars trillions of miles away.  The nearest star aside from our sun is over 4 light years away, meaning the light...

The chalet in the Enchanted Valley in Olympic National Park, Washington. 1

Enchanted Valley

The Quinault region of the Olympic National Park is an enchanting area, so this hike does the name justice. With each mile the level of enchantment rises as you walk through lush forest and tall ferns, and past turquoise water. Toss in herds of elk and an iconic chalet built in 1930 set against a backdrop of mountains, you’ve got yourself a hell of a scene.

Carrying a log with Swede Hooks at Mt.Rainier National Park 0

WTA Trail Work Party

6:30am Saturday morning and we’re out the door heading to Mt.Rainier National Park for our first trail maintenance work party. We didn’t know what to expected but we were excited, plus it was National Trails Day, so we were doubly excited because it felt extra special. Our directions were: Drive under the Mt.Rainier sign…

Stars Clouds Light Trails Night Long Exposure Canon Beach Oregon Pacific Northwest 0

A break in the clouds

Over a long weekend in Oregon, Angelina and I spent some time in Portland with friends and then headed to the coast to check out Canon Beach. I never had any intention of getting...

Backpack Trekking Gear arrangement for multi day hike. Deuter Pack. 2

What’s in my bag?

Ahh, the all important topic of what to pack. I believe you can tell a lot about a person by what they deem as a ‘necessity’ when out on the trail, for some it might...

Wallace River Wallace Falls State Park Flowing water moss Washington Pacific Northwest PNW 0

Waterfalls for Days

If you’re looking for a nice day hike or you’re in the mood to go chasin’ waterfalls, this is the place to go! Wallace Falls State Park is known for having 9 waterfalls in the park, the largest being 265 ft. Checkout the photos to get inspired!