COMMENTS: I could feel Casey's excitement. We hadn't discussed the alternate plan in much detail, but his tick list is long enough that I knew there was something he would want to climb. "It's called Silver Star Mountain," he said...
Field Report No. 20150801TB
We were on the hunt for a good river spot on the Icicle. We realized how unprepared we were when our stomachs began to growl. It was then decided that we needed to make a pit stop at one of the finest Mongolian BBQ spots in Eastern Washington.
After we filled upon on an array of fine meets and noodles, we walked across the street to the local brewery, picked up some 22’s, and headed down stream. After some lightweight bouldering maneuvers, we found a flat spot to set up camp.
After cracking open the 22’s, we were entertained by the sight of fish attempting to swim upstream. The rest is history.
Field Report No. 20150726TB
COMMENTS: Waking up to a bird’s footsteps on my window sill, with the sun piercing my eyes, I knew today was the day for an adventure. Preparation began with some morning instrumental jams, a cup of freshly pressed coffee, followed by a teakwood and tobacco candle I picked up a few weeks ago from a boutique in a neighboring town. I needed to fuel up so I headed to my local coffee roaster for a double shot of espresso and a hand crafted veggie omelet. After feeling the food hit me, it was time for adventure. The drive to the local trail head was filled with anticipation. The whole time I was thinking about what I was going to encounter. Once arrived, I grabbed my bag, water bottle, and camera, then charged the mountain. The way up was slow. I was so distracted by the natural architecture the forrest had to offer. The way the sun spilled onto the trail through the branches, with every step changed the temperature feeling on the back of neck. From shade to sunlight, this trail felt like it was made for me today. After snapping nearly five hundred pictures, I finally made it to the top. Struck by the beauty of the resting, still water, I had to pull my camera out once more so I could brag about my hike later. I was then on a mission for a flat spot on natures floor, too lay down my blanket for a quick rest. It was hard to sleep because of the busy buzzing bees in my ear. After failing to sleep, I decided it was time to set up my slack line. This was the peak of my adventure today. After falling a few times, it was time to head back down, so I could get some rest. Tomorrow is a new day, and always a new adventure.
KEY FEATURES: Allow yourself a good four hour chunk if you decide to embark on this journey with me.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Caffe Mela, Tumbleweed Bead Co., Posy Handpicked Goods.
COMMENTS: From this summit at the heart of the Enchantments, the midday sun hammers the back of my neck, tempered by a breeze that tugs the collar of my shirt and tousles strands of hair that have escaped my helmet.