DIY Folding Kicksled for Mushing

Kicksled building steps

3 2×2 white wood

4 1×2 7 ft poplar wood

1 1×3 8 ft poplar wood

8 3.5” hex bolts 1/4 by 20

8 3” hex bolts 1/4 by 20

6 3” lag bolts 1/4

6 wing nuts (optional)

24 drywall screws course 1.5 inches

1 1” hinge

1 90 degree bracket

24” bungee cord

1 rubber mat

1 pair skis

Washers

Nuts

1. Determine comfortable measurements for your stance. We decided to do the handles 42” high. And 17” from the inside of the skis

2. Even out top of skis if necessary

3. Bolt a 30” 2×2 strip to the ski. Counter sink the bolt into the ski. Repeat for second ski.

4. Clamped pieces together to get final measurements before attaching. We decided the seat height should be 10” from the ground. The back upright 42” 2×2 and the side pieces 42” 2×2 to the brindle.

5. Bolt uprights to the wood piece with 3.5 inch bolt. Use wingnuts on end of bolts as this piece will be collapsible.

6. Attach 10”1×2 uprights at the other end of the 30” piece.

7. Bolt the 42” piece to the 10” upright and the back uprights.

8. Repeat with other ski.

9. Attach the two sides together by using 2 17” 2×2 strips. We places them at 16 inches and 32 inches.

10. Attach 2 22.5” 1×2 20 inches from the back and at the base of the back. And connect with bolts a 22.5” 2×2 for the brindle at the end of the 42” horizontal piece.

11. Put in the “triangles.” Figure out where you want the long piece from the brindle to near the top of the back uprights. Put a hypotenuse from the base of the 10” upright to the brindle. Put. Hypotenuse from the 10” upright to the 42” upright. These are all to hopefully ensure this doesn’t pull apart.

12. Attach handles to the uprights.

13. Cut 1×3 to 22.5” and screw in seat slats.

14. Make the brake. Attach hinge to 1×2 measure where the piece will be out of your way. When kicking. Attach bracket to other end. Attach hinge to front of seat.

15. Attach bungee around the 1×2 and screw into the seat.

16. Glue mat strips to back of skis

17. Weather proof sled.

One of our guide images for the sled.

The final product.

I took the sled out with the dogs and it held up perfectly. Some things we need to work on is more weight in the front. And a longer brake. But since this was our first attempt I’m rather happy with it.

The total cost for us was about $125. I found used skis on CraigsList. The rest of the items were purchased at Home Depot.

Happy Sledding. Can’t wait to use it again next season.

Arizona Meet Up

One of the things you might have noticed reading through our posts is that I reference other Instagram accounts a lot. That’s because on all of my dog based travels (and some non-dog travels) I meet up with different locals that I met because of Instagram. This past November, right before Thanksgiving some of my regular Instagram friends arranged a huge group camp in Arizona. We, and by we I mean the 15 plus humans and 20 plus dogs from at least 5 states, met up at a free primitive campsite that had room for all of our cars. Whenever camping somewhere remember to get the appropriate permits. We did need permits. But they were free and there were quite a few “experts” who could tell use what we needed.

Living in California, AZ is not far from me. So I took off later then I should have, the way you do when you under estimate the amount of time it takes to get somewhere. I took the turn off to the campsite right around sunset and drove down the 2 mile dirt road until I saw the mass of cars parked out in the middle of nowhere. It was a little rough on the dogs arriving late. Mine were hyped from being cooped in the car, and getting to a location with sooo many dogs that they didn’t know that well, but it all worked out. One of the important things to realize is that all dogs have different comfort levels. Mine like to play loud and rough. Which puts other dogs on edge especially in the dark. So the husky click that developed stayed away from the dogs that just weren’t digging the noise. It may not look like it. But these two loved playing with each other. Silly huskies and their teeth.

We hiked the Peralta trail in the morning. Storm went off with one of her favorite people, Dave from @longhaultrekkers, and Frankie stayed with me. The trail itself was challenging for me and super rocky. So, Frankie and I ended up way behind the group, not making it to the top. Luckily we had the company of a new friend @gypsygyrl and her pup. I’m sure Frankie could have made it to the top. But it wasn’t going to happen, the views all along the way were gorgeous. So, it didn’t feel like we really missed out. It’s super important to listen to your body when hiking and not risk injuring yourself out in the wilderness. For this trail my ankle just couldn’t hang, and I thought better be safe rather then sorry.

We went back for a bit of a rest at the campsite after our hike. The car ride back demonstrates just how tired the pups were after our drive, camping and a hike.

Well Storm was sleepy. Frankie was still ready to go. As always.

With that in mind we trekked to the Salt River with the group right around sunset. The views did not disappoint. Arizona sure knows how to put on a show at sunset.

Look you can see our friend Gretel, from @youdidwhatwithyourweiner basking in the golden glow of sunset with Frankie and Storm.

If you are ever looking to bring your dogs to Arizona, especially the Superstition Mountains, check out our friends in Instagram @trustyourtrail and @remdawg.the.tripawd. They definitely made this large dog meet up possible.

Colorado Rockies, Part 2

My first trip to Colorado in the fall was also my first trip with two dogs. Storm was new to the family and just under 3 months old. I had just finished a project and decided to take my time getting to Colorado.

We spent the night in Las Vegas, just off the strip at the super dog friendly hotel chain, La Quinta. Seriously, I can not say enough good things about this hotel chain. I’ve stayed in a La Quinta in 7 different states. And it’s always a pleasant stay.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Zion National Park, with my handy America the Beautiful pass, and a list of dog friendly trails (one trail) we found our way to Zion and walked the bike trail that allows dogs. Pa’rus Trail.

We then made our way to Bryce National Park to walk the along the top. Again the only dog friendly trail. But the three of us loved it because it got us out of the car on our long drive to Dillon, CO.

From there we hauled it to get to Dillon, having a bit of a scare when we couldn’t find a gas station for hours. But we made it safely to our destination around midnight. To get up early the next morning to meet our friends at the Old Dillon Reservoir.

This trail is just so nice and easy, yet stunning in the fall. We met up with our friends @one.chaotic.pack and had some adorable puppy playtime when both Storm and Norway were super adorable puppies.

Definitely one of my favorite photos of Frankie.

Adventuring together from the beginning.

A swimmer from the beginning.

The pups love hammocking. After they figured out it was safe.

Puppies, such adorable puppies. From here we hit the road at went to the super dog friendly national park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We went on three or four short trails there. All of them with spectacular views. If you ever want more formation from our travels please email us at pupventurepack@gmail.com.

Colorado Rockies in Autumn – Part 1

For the past two years I’ve gone out to Colorado around the end of September. And I’m pretty sure I want to make this an annual tradition. I have to say the fall foliage on the majestic mountains is just breathtaking. Since I went two different years, I want to post about each trip, starting with 2017.

Photo by our friends @tuckerleo_da_huskies on Instagram.

This trip was pretty last minute. And I was lucky enough to have my mom come with me. We left at 1pm on Friday and drove 14 hours plus stops to get to Dillon, Colorado. If I hadn’t had a driving partner there’s no way this trip could have happened. When I planned our hiking meet up, I forgot that Colorado is on Mountain Time. So instead of getting in at 3am, it was 4am by the time I got to go to sleep. Plus it was raining/snowing. Causing me a bit of concern for our hiking trip planned with our friends the next morning at 8am. But all was well, and on 4 hours asleep the dogs and I packed in to the car to hike Mayflower Gulch. A 4ish mike trail that has a waterfall.

Just look at the coolest doggo band in town. Chilling on a mountain top. You can see Frankie’s long lost brother Leo in the photo and his pack of dogs. They were super cool to hike off leash with, a freedom I grant my dogs in very rare circumstances.

photo by @tuckerleo_da_huskies

But as you can see the dogs were on their best behavior for our hike. And look at all those lazy huskies.

photo by @tuckerleo_da_huskies

This was not the end of our day with our friends. After a nap and lunch we met up again. And once again the weather threatened, in fact it downpoured. But stopped right as we got together for a little bikejoring.

It’s important that your dogs be old enough to before you start this sport so they don’t injure themselves in the long run. But it is a great sport. And one that all dogs can do.

There’s some basic commands your dogs should know. Like halt or stop. And right and left. And the best one. Leave it.

And you can see how happy they are. And the gorgeous fall colors.

It snowed that night. But in the morning the skies were clear so the dogs and I went on a short trail to the old Dillon Reservoir. It’s a super easy trail with the most amazing views.

And a lake for Storm to swim in.

And Frankie got to run around.

And then of course pose for photos.

From this hike we started the drive home. We found snow.

And some amazing fall foliage.

And then in Utah we stopped briefly for the views.

Even with a 28 hour total drive time and just about 28 hours in Colorado. This trip is always worth it.

Pupventure Goals

One of the things that I did as 2017 came to an end and 2018 began was sit down and think of some goals for the year. Some goals turned into almost 20, and almost all of them are adventure related, and if I’m adventuring, you better believe I’m bringing the dogs with me.

I think the hardest goal I set for myself is to go on 104 hikes this year. That means every weekend involves hiking both Saturday and Sunday. Which is rough for me because I really enjoy sleeping in. This past month I did not get in hikes every weekend with the dogs (for good reason, I was in Iceland) but we did manage to go on 6 hikes, for a total of just over 25 miles and 4300 feet in elevation gain.

Mt Baden-Powell (halfway)

Hanging out partway to the summit with our buddies @gameofdanes.

The first hike of the year was supposed to be Big Horn Mine Trail. A short flat hike. But when I parked and met up with some hiking buddies we took the obvious path and started climbing. And then climbing more. Switchback after switchback after switchback. This was not the hike I was expecting. And for good reason. We had picked the trail to the summit. And while it is on my list of goals for this year. I did not have the proper supplies ie snacks, for the dogs or me. I might have been just a little whiny on the trail since it was not what I had mentally prepared for. The pups and I will be back for a successful summit in a few months.

Millard Falls

One of my favorite morning hikes is to Millard Falls. A 30 ft waterfall found super close to Pasadena. It’s just about 2 miles round trip. With a couple of stream crossings. Which with our drought is not likely to even get your feet wet. The actual trail had boulders and deciduous trees. It is very shaded. The falls are much more impressive after a rain fall. But pretty any time of year. Tip: get there early. We finished our hike and here was a bus load of kids about to hit the trail.

Big Horn Mine Trail

Checking our the mine with our buddy @mynameisotto

I headed back the very next weekend to do this trail. And it was totally worth it. An easy 4 miles. Constant mountain view’s. And a gold mine at the end of the trail. History and hiking. Two of my favorite things. Of course, the trail was a little harder then expected because portions of it were covered in ice. Luckily we made it safely there and back, staying on our feet the entire time.

LA Scenic Byway

Took our buddy Tolkien from @thurisia_akk for this sunrise hike

This hike was really not spectacular. Wide fire trail, super rocky, and overall just not that pretty. I probably wouldn’t do it again. That being said we got there just at sunrise which made everything just amazing.

Charton Flats To Vetter Mountain

Puppy hiking with Potion from @thurisia_akkThis hike was another easy one that ended up going on much longer then intended because I missed the trail turn off. I had read a lot of reports that the hike was on a fire road. Which it was for 75% of the trail. But there was a turnoff from the fire road that you would easily miss if you blinked. The views from the top made the hike worth while. There’s also a ton of vault toilets on this hike on one side of the loops. And last … San Antonio Falls Another trail that’s mostly a fire road. It’s a short 2 miles round trip. With a pretty falls ad your destination. I normally let the dogs frolic in the falls if it’s empty there, but on this hike I saw a deer drinking at the falls, which was magical for me. And for the dogs, they wanted to play with a new friend. So they stayed on leash while we climbed the rocks at the base of the falls. With that list of our hikes trying to reach our goals for 2018 what are some of your resolutions?

Shhhh … I have a secret.

If you are an avid outdoorsy person, I’m sure you’ve talked about them, you’ve maybe showed distaste about them, maybe even wished that they would leave the outdoors alone. Come on, I know you know who I’m taking about, that’s right …. the Social Media Hiker.

And now you might be wondering what my secret is. And you’re thinking “oh no, it can’t be true.” But yes, it is. I am a Social Media Hiker. Well, let me rephrase that. I started out as a Social Media Hiker. I don’t have this natural affinity for the outdoors. Camping is still this weird, foreign concept to me, I’m rarely truly at peace out in nature, but I sure do love a pretty picture of a gorgeous spot. And there’s very little that makes me happier then seeing that gorgeous spot with my own eyes.

Because I am a little obsessed with getting that picture (some of which hang in my walls) I’ve accomplished so much. In 2017, the pups and I hiked 78 trails for a total of 263 miles. And my respect for nature has grown. I’ve always been an environmentalist. But seeing these gorgeous places with my own eyes has inspired me to do more to take steps to protect them, to make sure that the last. Even if, I’m part, it’s so I can see it and take my picture of it.

I want more people to go out into nature. I want more people to learn that it should be protected. And I want them to feel welcome. So if you too are a Social Media Hiker here are some tips.

1. Be Prepared. Look up the trails. Know how long it is and how long it should take you. Make sure you can finish it before it’s too dark. Bring plenty of water. Lots of water. More water then you think you need. Pack a snack (I forget this one all the time). Pack extra socks. Bring layers.

2. Leave No Trace! Seriously. You are walking through something else’s home. Don’t leave your trash. Don’t ever leave your trash, ever. Do not graffiti rocks. No one needs to know you were there. No one needs inspirational quotes on rocks. Visit and leave it nicer then when you came.

3. Respect the Rules. You might think that you should be able to go off the trail, or bring your dog, or whatever it is you think that makes you special. But don’t. Those rules are there for a reason. Many of these places are available to us because it is protecting the natural habitat of plants and wildlife. Breaking those rules, going off the trail might endanger what is protected and might endanger you.

4. Respect your Limits. It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to turn around. Stay safe and make it back to your car on your own.

Enjoy the outdoors!

PNW, Final Thoughts

I read recently that travel should not be easy. That part of the reason to travel is to be challenged. This resonated with me deeply because as amazing as my summer trip was it definitely had its ups and downs.

I started planning this trip around November 2016. I found and booked a place to stay in December 2016. Then in January 2017 I found out I needed to have major surgery that has a fairly long recovery time. So even months prior to my trip I was concerned I wasn’t going to be able to explore the way I wanted to. But I was determined to keep my plans, so I spent the months between the surgery and leaving in July working towards my summer goals.

The night before I left for my trip I had a bit of a panic attack. It’s scary leaving your comfort zone for a month. And even with all the excitement and anticipation there’s also this worry about how things are going to go. After a few tears to release those emotions. I hit the road.

I would say my first set back was hiking Annette Lake. It was my 7th hike on the trip. The bugs were awful, absolutely awful. The hike was hard, harder then I thought it was going to be. And I struggled to keep my spirits up. I saw two snakes on the way back down. I hate snakes. My legs were wobbly. My back hurt. I was just done. So done and over it.

The most important thing though is the next day I still got up and went out exploring again.

A few days later Frankie, the wonderful Frankie, escaped the yard where I was staying. She ran into someone else’s yard and just wanted to play. That person wanted to call animal control to help catch her. Which of course terrified me. It was the last thing that I needed. I was able to get her back with out the help of animal control and my Airbnb host fixed the fence right away. However, I definitely had thoughts, thoughts of packing it all up and heading home.

I decided that I needed a day not exploring nature and decided to explore Seattle, shockingly without the dogs. I found a sitter on Rover.com and headed to Seattle to do all the touristy things possible. I saw the Space Needle, Pike’s Market and toon the Underground Tour. Which all was awesome. But when I went back to my car the back passenger window was shattered and some of my things were stolen. Including my camera lenses. Honestly, after this I wanted to pack it up and head home. I spent time on the phone with my friend and my dad. Tears were shed. Fear and the feeling of violation was present. I called my insurance company and got my window fixed the next day. And I stayed to continue exploring with my pups.

There was also the hikes that I couldn’t complete because of the surgery. I hope to go back in 2018 and finish them.

There were hikes that I ended up not doing because I was just tired, physically I couldn’t handle trying to summit anything. I replaced them with different easier things. Like the inhabited ghost town.

And our little excursion to Leavenworth.

We did an urban hike through Seattle.

We went to a private dog park and agility training course.

While the trip did not go smoothly, it was perfect in its own way. It showed exactly how much I could overcome and that I could keep going. I saw so many beautiful things. It was truly amazing. Every aspect of the trip added to the entire experience and it would not have been as meaningful of an adventure if it hadn’t had both the highs and the lows.

A Summer in Washington: the Waterfalls

When you spend 28 days exploring one area with no work to get take up your time you get to see so much. Especially when you dedicate that time to exploring the outdoors almost exclusively. Which, to be honest, ended up shifting a little as my city girl side decided to show up and scream “no more wilderness” at certain points along the way. But before it did, and even after we tried to explore all the things, including waterfalls. Who doesn’t love a good waterfall hike? For me they are probably some of my favorite because a waterfall is magical. There’s something about the water cascading down a cliff side, feeling the mist on your face, and seeing a rainbow in the mist that makes me think of fairies and sprites. So whenever I have a chance to hike to a waterfall I do. And so we did, specifically we went to Twin Falls, Snoqualmie Falls, Franklin Falls and Cherry Creek Falls. Each one offered a different type of adventure, all enjoyable.

Twin Falls

We packed up the car for our waterfall hunt to begin and headed up Highway 90. The drive was easy. At the trail head I got the dogs ready with their packs and we started out on the trail. We hiked by a stream that Storm had to play in. But Frankie was impatient to continue on so we did not stop long.

The trail itself meandered by the stream for a bit until we started the first climb up. It was definitely a climb, but the trail was well maintained so it was fairly simple. At the top of that hill was a set of benches that overlooked the falls.

After a brief rest enjoying the view we climbed the next hill. Then a set of well made stairs to the waterfall overlook.

While it was a pretty view. I was not quite satisfied so we continued on the trail. We headed to the bridge that went right over the waterfall before turning back. It was worth it to feel the power and mist of the falls.

From there we went back to the car and went straight to our second waterfall.

Snoqualmie Falls

Also off Hwy 90. This falls is a crowded trip because it is so impressive and it appeared in the TV show Twin Peaks. But more interesting to me is how the falls is used. The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Plant is at the falls. It is made of two power houses. The first was built in 1899. It is at the base of the falls embedded in the rock. It’s actually the world’s first underground power plant. The second was built in 1910 and expanded in 1957. 1% of Puget Sound Energy comes from this plant.

Just look at some of the equipment they use for to produce power.

We hiked down to view the falls and the old power plant. Enjoying the labeled nature path along the way. And then went back to our flat in Seattle to rest up for more hiking.

Franklin Falls (a recovery hike)

I loved this hike and almost did it a second time while I was in Washington, it was easy with a nice pay off at the end. And sometimes those are my favorite hikes. The day we went was pretty much the only rainy day while I was in Washington, shocking I know, but it didn’t deter us. We slept in a bit and got to the trail head around 10:30am. To say it was crowded is an understatement. But I knew to expect it so I did not let that ruin our time. I enjoyed looking at all the old evergreens as we made our way to the falls. The dogs loved the attention they got from other hiking groups.

The only hard part of the trail is the last little stretch to the falls because the rocks are slippery from the mist of the falls. But there is a guide rope to help you down, just take your time and be careful.

We stayed at the falls long enough for there to be a break in the crowds before heading back out. It was amazing how serene a place can be seconds after being over run by crowds.

And last …

Cherry Creek Falls (the falls in the middle of the city, sorta)

This hike really was part of the suburbs. This flat (oh I love a fairly flat trail) started off parking in a local neighborhood. And led to these trickling falls.

My favorite part might have been actually walking on the side trail through the forest. The lighting trickling through the trees reminded me of fairytales with wood nymphs and wizards. And while I know I’m a bit fanciful, I could picture some of my favorite novels taking place in these woods.

The pups favorite part was playing at the base of the falls. Which we finally reached after getting slightly turned around. Passing by it. But finally finding it with a very nice group of young women, who were kind enough to be okay with the dogs running around off leash.

There was very little interest in posing. But I did manage to capture this shot in front of the falls.

And Storm decided to take a swim break for a second.

But mostly they just splashed and played until it was time to head back.

It’s always fun to visit a waterfall. I hope there are many more to come in this coming up year.

Winter Weekend in Washington

As you might have noticed I might have a bit of an obsession with the Pacific Northwest. Recently the pups and I drove up to get in a couple of snow and be a part of my friend’s wedding.

For this weekend adventure we stayed at an adorable cabin on a farm in Snohomish. I wish I had some pictures of it because it was super cute. But we stayed so busy I was only in the cabin to sleep.

On Friday morning we woke up early and headed up Mountain Loop Highway to Heather Lake. The road was icy which for my native California soul was a little stressful. We arrived safely just before 9am.

While not a hard hike, it was a struggle for me. I’m pretty sure it was the 13 hour drive the day before that made it as difficult as it was for me. The hike was supposed to be 4.7 miles, my gps said I did closer to 8 miles.

The last third of the hike was a bit icy. Thankfully my friend had ice spikes I could borrow which made the hike soooo much easier. Once we got to the snow the pups went nuts. I was impressed with the view of the mountain and frozen lake.

Storm made my heart stop by walking out on the lake.

It was definitely a frosty view at the lake. It was just us and our friends up there for most of the morning. So the pups got to play for a bit.

Then I made them hammock with me.

And Frankie and Storm cuddled a bit under a blanket.

It was a fantastic morning for all of us and our pup friends.

The next day was the wedding. I was constantly on the go while the dogs spent the day with our friend at the cabin. She was nice enough to help me pack up after the wedding so Sunday morning I could make the sunrise snow hike. Unfortunately the sun didn’t get the memo, so it was another frosty morning hike.

Sunday’s adventure took us to Lake Kachess. It was absolutely gorgeous there.

The pups got to run and play off leash as we were the only ones there all morning. And our friend Amber, you can find her pups on Instagram @pawsthatwander, took so many wonderful photos of Frankie and Storm.

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It was so fun spending the morning with @pawsthatwander and @youdidwhatwithyourweiner I was a little sad to get back on the road to head home. But I know I’ll adventure with them again soon.

Mt. Baker Camping Trip

Today we return to the recap of our summer in Washington by taking a look back at our camping trip in Mt Baker area. The first thing that is important to note is that I am not a camper. After this trip I can say I have been camping a total of 4 times in my life. However, the places I wanted to explore were 3 plus hours away from my home base in Seattle so I was convinced by Jessica, a local who has explored Washington with her two pups, that camping was the way to go. So camp we did.

Lucky for me this turned in to a group camp with camping pros. Jessica, Jen and Dave camped with me. Helping me through the ways of camping and providing gear that I just didn’t have. I highly recommend their blogs http://www.youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com and http://www.longhaultrekkers.com to follow their different adventures.

We all met up in Mukilteo, piling gear for 5 people and 5 dogs into two cars and started our drive north. Our first stop was in Bellingham at the co-op for a delicious lunch. Then we continued on our way into the mountains.

Before stopping at our campsite we briefly stopped at Picture Lake. This wheelchair accessible trail is about a half mile and has amazing overlooks of the still lake with jagged mountains in the distance.

We then continued up the mountain to check out Artist Point. Here, I realized my flip flops were not the best choice in foot wear as there was snow. Soooooo much snow. In July. While my feet were not thrilled the dogs loved it. Because they love all things froze.

After this brief trip into the snow we returned to the campsite to set up camp. Even with all the bugs the campsite was fantastic. As was the stream that was right next to it.

Frankie and Storm settled in for the night. Enjoying being outdoors. I enjoyed the company as we hung out around the campfire waiting for the sun to go down and the stars to come out.

It finally started to get dark. And the Milky Way could be seen overhead at our campsite. So Jen and I drove back to Picture Lake to try our hand at night scape photography. This area has little to no light pollution. So it makes for the perfect spot to capture the Milky Way during the summer months. This was my first time trying this, so we trekked back to that short trail with our cameras, tripods and headlamps (use red or green lights to not disturb others) and found a great place to set up. The photos weren’t perfect. But for a first time. They were decent.

We went back to camp to get some sleep before our hike the next morning. It was an interesting night for me. My air mattress would not hold air so I slept on the ground. But at least the pups did good in the tent. Unlike Frankie’s first camping escapade.

In the morning we got into our cars and piled into our cars to get to the trailhead for Yellow Asther Butte. This trail is tough. I couldn’t finish it because of some post surgery pain. But what I did see was spectacular.

That view, those flowers, and a cute pup. You can’t go wrong

Always searching for the next view. Or squirrel.

The horse flies were out and on the attack.

That view though.

Resting with me in the trail.

While the others finished the trail. I napped in my friends truck with the dogs. It was much needed after a rough night of sleep. Then it was back to the campsite for some river romping and relaxing until golden hour. At that time we packed the dogs and went to Artist Point to traverse the snow and watch as the sun turned Shuksan pink.

Back at the camp we enjoyed some banana boats. And prepared for the next day where we would break down camp and head to Heliotrope Ridge for our last hike in the area.

The pups may or may not have wanted to get up in the morning. But who would want to when snuggled under your Coalatree blanket.

Heliotrope ridge was another stunning hike. However, my camera battery died so I don’t have any photos to share. But it did make for a nice hike where I just enjoyed being, rather then capturing. If you make it to the end you can see the glacier, and potentially people hiking in the glacier. Once again my post surgery pain flared and I missed the last bit of the trail. But I had so much fun camping here that I already have plans to meet up with some of my Instagram friends and group camp here next July.