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BACKPACKING GUIDE: Hike with Olympic Elk to Tom's Creek Campground

Backpack through ancient forests, encounter majestic wildlife and enjoy perfect weather. Olympic National Park plays host to some incredible things, including the Hoh Rainforest. Known for its long hanging moss and crystal clear waters, it's easy to see why this is a popular destination. Spring is the perfect time of the year to visit, the weather is mild and the park is almost empty. After checking out the Hall of Mosses, you will make your way to the Hoh River Trail for your backpacking adventure. 
This trail has many destinations along the way and can easily be turned into an exciting multi-night trip. However, if you're a beginner, this guide is for you. Tom's Creek campground is only about 2.9 miles in after some mild elevation and lots of mud. We crossed paths with a herd of elk on our way in - it was magical to say the least!  You begin the trail at the parking lot, head to the Hoh River trail and continue on. You'll eventually come to a sign with markers for v…

CAMPING GUIDE: HOT SPRINGS, WATERFALLS & MORE AT TOKETEE

Featuring an incredible waterfall, a beautiful campground and even a nearby hot spring - Toketee is a true hidden gem. Finding a sweet spot in Oregon to camp is incredibly hard. Why? There's just so many options. It's no surprise that one of the nation's most beautiful states would offer one of the most incredible camping locations as well. Best used in spring-fall, the Toketee Campground sits next to Toketee Lake along the Umpqua River. This slice of heaven will not disappoint. 
I suggest getting to the campgrounds early, we arrived around 12pm and grabbed a spot tucked near the back. Surrounded by tall, mossy trees and rocks we set up camp. Each site has a fire ring, but you'll want to bring in your own wood. Everything in the forest is too wet. Each site is surrounded by trees and offers some privacy. There are bathrooms on site as well. To get to the campground, you'll drive past Toketee Lake and turn right into the campground.  After set up, it's time to …

PICK ME UP, BABY

For a limited time, Know Brainer and I have partnered to give you 15% off your entire order - use code KBCC at checkout from now until 6/4/18. Our first night out on the road was a short one, but the morning was divine. If you didn't catch my story about Dead Horse Point and the start of our PNWhat?! trip, check it out.
Before we jetted out of Utah and onto the salt flats, we spent the morning re-situating our gear in the morning glow while I boiled some water in the JetBoil. The thing about being in the middle of the desert is that there is no coffee, there's definitely no dirty chai. 😭 Cue why I was so excited to work with Know Braineron this trip. Their instant mixes and creamers are not only delicious but also totally helpful. Since December '17, I've been casually working on a keto diet. If you know anything about me, you know that I spent a good chunk of my early 20's breaking my back in the gym and living off nothing but grilled chicken and steamed broccol…

MEET THE SPRING COAT OF YOUR DREAMS

When I moved to Colorado in 2016, it was the first time I experienced a real Spring season. You see, in Texas, we only really have 3 seasons. A summer that seems endless, the dead season (also known as winter) and the wet season (basically, May). During the wet season in Texas, it's warm and muggy. You're begging for the sky to pour so that the humid tension that comes with 95 degree weather and 99% humidity would finally break. I was pleasantly surprised by Colorado which actually offers a real spring, host to cold, foggy days and afternoon rains. It's beautiful, it's magical. It's much colder than I expected. After moving to the Rockies, we found that this is only exaggerated. As I sit here writing this, I'm looking out my window at wisps of fog sweeping across the mountains and blue spruces.

I was excited to get the Mia Melon Everglades coat because it's lightweight, warm and weatherproof (plus incredibly stylish.) Our road trip and even home would prove…

TO UTAH AND BACK AGAIN

After realizing we wouldn't be flying to Canada, Drew and I had to come up with a stellar Plan B. My fiance had never really spent much time on the coast, or really any time at all outside of Alaska and California. It was a no-brainer that we'd have to head for the PNW. An Instagrammer I follow, Rick Holladay, posted a snapshot of a roadtrip he was already on and I used it for inspiration. Have to shout it out to Roadtrippers.com, too, for making it WILDLY easier to plan, re-plan and dump plans the whole trip.

Once we figured out our ultimate destination, Olympic National Park, we packed up the car, kissed the puppy good-bye and got ready to roll out. Before we could do anything though, I needed a coffee break. All the excitement, disappointment and re-excitement took a toll when I was already trying to fast. Luckily, Know Brainer had my back. I've been testing out their instants and creamers to supplement the keto lifestyle I'm really trying to develop ever since try…

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Oregon was the first state I visited when I began this lifestyle of adventure travel a few years ago. I was there for only 18 hours and saw very little, but the hike we did was my first hike since childhood and ignited a passion in me that would shape the rest of my life. Hiking to Pittock Mansion in the early morning glow while snacking on Voodoo Donuts was a highlight of my early 20s and a feeling I still chase today.


Knowing we were headed for Oregon on this trip, it was hard not to be excited. It's host to some of our nation's most incredible features from waterfalls and hot springs to forests lush with life. If you haven't figured it out yet, I really love Oregon. Our destination on this 2nd/3rd day would be Toketee Campground and all the magic that it contains. I was stoked to finally break out the tent and even more excited to break into our stash of Mountain House meals. Drew and I knew, even back when we were still headed to Canada, that the easiest way to cut do…

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Our arrival to the Wahwahtaysee Resort was in the dark, making it a little difficult to find but if you know me - you know I love a challenge. I drove up and down the same road probably four times before finally calling for directions. I have the worst night vision, so I don't blame them. It was super dark driving in, but I could still see the outline of pecan trees reaching over our heads. I couldn't wait to see that in the morning. But first, the clouds were parting and I could see some stars peeking through. My goal was to …