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Lime Kiln Trail is a Rewarding Walk in the Woods

View of the Stillaguamish river.

Lime Kiln trail is a curious trail. It’s not extremely steep and you don’t spend half your time laboring to the top of a mountain. There aren’t many picturesque views to be had. Not the classic ones anyway. But is it a cool trail for a morning or afternoon day-hike? Absolutely.

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Hiking Lake 22: North Cascades National Park

Lake 22 North Cascades WA Oct 2016

Hey guys! We’re deep into Thanksgiving preparations over here @ Kale & Compass (cooking so many tasty things!), but I can’t completely blame that on my lack of posts lately. I can, however, blame Dragon Quest Builders. I’m sorry. So not sorry. It’s SUCH A GOOD game. It’s got all the awesome 3D crafting and building aspects of Minecraft, but with more structured storylines and objectives. Bottom line: it’s addictive and so so fun! Check it out.

More to the point of this post, Lake 22:

Nick and I did manage to separate ourselves from the PS4 for just a short time in October to finally, FINALLY head out to North Cascades National Park. It’s a bit further out than we normally venture for day hikes etc. but we booked an Airbnb in Bellingham, WA for Columbus day weekend and Lake 22 Trail was midway between home and there. So we went. And we hiked.

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Summer Hiking in Washington

Crystal Lakes Trail 2016

We’re in the middle of a series of big storms over here in Washington, if you haven’t heard. Meaning it’s been rainy and windy for about 4 days straight and should continue throughout the next week. I say bring it on. My running routine might need to take a temporary pause, but it gives me more time indoors to catch up on photography and cooking to-dos that have lingered on the list. Plus, I’ve (finally) finished editing my hiking photos from the summer (I know, I know!).

Today I’m giving some much needed love to the Compass side of Kale & Compass. Let’s all pause to enjoy the scenery a bit. These sunny-days-of-summer photos make me really happy to look at, especially now, on this rainy dreary Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!

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Orcas Island, Washington

Orcas Island 2016

Hello, June! I can’t believe you are here, already, again. They tell you life moves faster the older you get. They were right.

Nick and I spent an evening last weekend looking at our photos from the last year-and-a-half living in Washington, and we were quite surprised. “We’ve done so much!” Sometimes it doesn’t seem that way, but it’s nice looking back and remembering all the sights and sounds we’ve experienced. That’s one of the main reasons I want to maintain this blog: to document all those things we do. So we can piece together the past through pictures and captions and really actually remember all those good and wonderful times. And know for sure what we were up to. Without having to guess at the places and moments based on snapshots viewed out of context.

My dental hygienist told me about Orcas Island last June. She also told me that she’s been here 20 years and just now feels like she’s seen enough of Seattle and the surrounding area to feel satisfied, like she knows it. Boy, do I believe her. I’ve been here a fraction of the time and am certain we’ve only scratched the surface.

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