All of us have fears, yet living in fear keeps us from truly living. Since my childhood I’ve been terrified of the water and it’s taken me over 30 years to finally defeat it. Recently I was able to fulfill a dream to sea kayak to the beautiful San Juan Islands, which is proof that all of us can conquer our fears!!
With its plentiful blue skies, sunshine, and warm temps, Eastern Washington’s Coulee Country offers a fantastic spring reprieve from Western Washington’s drizzle as well as some of the state’s most amazing geological wonders! The earth’s once largest waterfall? A soapy lake similar in alkalinity to the Jupiter moons? Consider a weekend road trip to soak up the sun and explore these incredible attractions!
Rich with history, The Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State spans 531,000 acres, skirts more than 50 miles of the Canadian border, and is one of the largest wilderness areas in the contiguous US. Horseshoe Basin in its northeastern corner is a high alpine tundra-like environment unlike anything else in the state. It’s been on my list to explore for far too long. Last weekend I finally ventured there and left in awe of its landscape, solitude, and wildness.
Hot springs have been used as a natural medicine for centuries and are rich in minerals that increase blood flow and circulation. If you’re looking for a fun adventure and a little warmth, soak your way to better health by visiting one of Washington’s natural hot springs. These three springs offer a little something for everyone and have an incredible history.
Exploring alpine lakes is perfect for summer or when higher peaks are snowed in. Check off one or more of these four lake lists and if you’re a Mountaineers member, you can earn some cool awards! I’ve barely been to any of these, so I have my work cut out for me this year!
Need a fun way to challenge yourself this year? Consider tackling one or more of these 8 Washington State Peak Lists. Some can be completed in a season and others might take your whole life, but whether you’re a hiker, scrambler, or mountaineer, each one has something for everyone. Get out there in 2016 and get your challenge on!