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Van Life Katie Larson putting on hiking boots in her van at a primitive campsite

A Weekend of Intention: Slowing Down, Resetting, and Being Present

I’ve been traveling in one form or another since I was 18, with outdoor adventures stemming back to my childhood, camping with my parents and many siblings. In the most recent years, traveling has become my full-time job, literally. I bought a cargo van in 2016, converted it, hit the road, and never stopped—until this spring. Continue Reading

Enjoying cold Pyramid Brewing Apricot Ale on Ives Island near Beacon Rock

Staying Close To Home: Exploring the Columbia River

Breaking away from the daily grind can feel challenging these days when “normal” life has changed for so many of us in the past few months. Lockdown has been difficult for everyone and accessing the outdoors safely during this confusing time has definitely felt more complicated. Continue Reading

Sun going down over Maple Pass Loop in the North Cascade mountain range

The Perfect Weekend Getaway in the North Cascades

As a nature photographer I’ve found the lockdown portion of 2019 to be exceptionally difficult. Endless weeks spent isolated in my apartment, without a breath of fresh air, hike, or camping trip to be found. Once restrictions here in Seattle were lifted I was incredibly eager to stretch my legs and practice social distancing the way I prefer to: in the wilderness. Thankfully, western Washington has quite an abundance of beautiful scenery to soothe the soul, and I had no trouble finding a few spectacular views. Continue Reading

Holding a bottle of Outburst with light bursts around it and the monutains in background

Escaping the Mundane

Having moved from Northern California up to Washington only a year ago, I am still adapting to having so much beauty within such a small distance from my home. California has been my home for 25 years. It is a place full of incredible landscapes spread vastly across its territory; this landscape is what led me to be the photographer I am today. But Washington felt like home from the first time I drove across the border, with so many awe-inspiring sights packed into an area so close to the coast. Continue Reading

Outburst Bottle and Blazing Bright can on a surfboard in the sand

Cold Brews and the Beach: A day with Jennifer Yih on the Oregon Coast

Hello beer lovers! My name is Jen Yih and I’m a writer, visual artist & producer, nutritional therapy practitioner, & water woman. You can typically find me hiding out in my little cottage by the sea where I’m typically studying, creating, surfing, hiking, gardening, or just finding a nice sandy spot to spend the day at. If you knew me in the past, I was a traveling gypsy but after rampaging around the world, finding myself on remote islands wondering how I got there, I finally laid down some roots on the Oregon Coast. Continue Reading

Two men running down a sand dune at Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Four Hidden Central Oregon Gems To Visit This Year

The Pacific Northwest has so many fantastic places to visit, and all are within driving distance from Portland and Seattle. Sometimes we don’t really realize how big Oregon is. There’s a lot to explore, with quite a few beautiful spots that are under the radar. So I want to share with you the details on how to visit and enjoy them! For my excursion with Pyramid Brewing, we headed to Central Oregon to find some of the best places to enjoy a beer! Continue Reading