Bringing just enough, but not too much is key to a nice day hike. Most of my day hikes usually fall in the 3-6 hour range. The first thing you need to invest in is a Camelback of some sort, preferably one that is not too large but can still carry your essentials like this one. Having water available as part of your backpack will allow you to keep your hands free and you'll stay more hydrated, since you don't have to stop to drink water every time. Instead you can sip here and there and not take big gulps less frequently. It makes a huge difference. So now you have your camelback that's not too big and it should be able to carry your wallet, cellphone, small camera (if you don't use your phone camera like I do), and 1-2 granola bars (I prefer clif bars). This is all you should really have in your backpack, maybe a couple bandaids or wet wipes too. You don't want your pack too heavy, but you have to make sure you have that water and a snack for energy if you are going to be out for over three hours. 

You have a pack with your essentials, now you need to invest in some nice hiking boots. A nice pair will last you many years. I like Merrell's hiking boots - women's and men's. They seem spendy, but for real they will last. I have had mine for 5 years and I still see no sign of wear and I use them A LOT. Don't forget to pair your boots with some good hiking socks, go somewhere like REI or your local outdoor store. I like these SmartWool hiking socks. Bring an extra pair shoes and socks with you for AFTER the hike. Trust me, it feels so good to strip off those socks and put on some sandals or other shoes for when you go celebrate your awesome hike at a restaurant or pub.

What clothes to wear? This may be obvous - something comfy and that you can move in. I prefer not to hike with jeans. I enjoy wearing a nice pair of Zella stretchy pants. I know some people that like to wear lightweight shorts. Whatever you choose, think about the weather. In the Pacific Northwest, it can be chilly in the morning and then really warm by noon. I like to put a long sleeve over an exercise tank, that way you can be warm enough but also shed once you or the weather gets warmer. 

Day hike essentials:

  • Camelback filled with delicious cold water that holds your wallet, camera phone, 1-2 granola or protein bars, small firstaid items like bandaids
  • Hiking boots and socks
  • Extra pair of shoes and socks for after hike
  • Stretchy pants or lightweight shorts
  • Longsleeve breathable exercise shirt
  • T-shirt or exercise tank top

Go hike!


Bulletproof Coffee

I was browsing on Pinterest, we don't need to get into how addicting Pinterest is. It's kind of like Reddit, except less forums to say weird things to each other. Anyway, I was on Pinterest when I found this recipe for Bulletproof coffee. I remembered hearing about it before, but I never looked into it. Suddenly I was going down a rabbit hole of many websites discussing bulletproof coffee and its benefits vs disadvantages. I didn't even know there were debates about this simple concoction.

Naturally, I had to try it. It's a delicious rich nutty version of a latte. I can confirm that it does curb your appetite for a while, but it's not something I want to drink every morning. I would consider it more of a delightful treat than something needed in a diet. Either way, it's worth trying it.

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe:

  • 12 ounces of dark coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1. I brewed my coffee in a press. I have strong opinions about how you brew coffee, but for the sake of argument let's say you can brew it however you want.
2. Put all ingredients in a blender while the coffee is still pipin hot. I used the 20 ounce cup from a ninja pulse
3. Pour into a mug and add another dash of cinnamon if it suits your fancy.

This recipe only requires 3 ingredients, 4 if you like cinnamon.

Blend it.

Use your favorite mug and call yourself a fancy coffee concoction maker.

More Info on Bulletproof Coffee

Netflix knows how to produce a show. Using their behavioral analysis to file away who watches what has shown to be a huge advantage for them. I don't know a show with the Netflix label that I haven't at least liked a little bit. My Netflix-produced favorites: Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Lillyhammer, Marco Polo and Hemlock Grove. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can now be added to that list. Tina Fey is in the production credits giving it an obvious nod to something hilarious. It's a little cheesy at times, but in the right way. Cheesy/campy is not an easy style to pull off, but this show does it. Nice work Netflix, Tina Fey and cast. Nice work. 

Watch it on Netflix

Hey, you. Adventures are all around us. I bet there are some really awesome free ones right outside your door. There are beautiful walks all around Portland. One of my favorites is walking along Sacramento Street above the Rose City Golf Course. Recently, I went to Pip's Original on Fremont St with my friend and his very cute dog. We walked to Pip's and then came back along Sacramento Street to set our eyes on a sunny view of Mount Hood. There are special spots in Portland where you can see Mt. Hood, sometimes that view can be scene from the least expected places like above Rose City Golf Course. The walk leading up to our Mt. Hood view was captivating as well, all the Cherry Blossoms and Dogwoods are in full bloom this March. Flower petals slowly fell and flickered through the sunrays as we passed under them. 


I made another trip around the sun on March 8. It was a great ride and to celebrate this amazing trip we hiked Cape Horn Trail along the Washington Columbia Gorge. I've done this hike twice now and the first time I was able to do the whole loop, which is about 7 miles. From February 1 to July 15, due to the protection of falcon nesting, Cape Horn Trail is closed about 4 miles in so you have to turn around and make it an 8 mile hike instead, adding around 400ft of elevation gain to the hike (not bad, plus more exercise!). Still a beautiful hike and totally worth going all the way to the closure, but I was most excited to see the waterfall area again. I forgot about this closure. I recommend this hike when you can do the full loop. I know what hike I'll be doing come end of July. Adventure on!

Cape Horn Trail loop in Washington with no closures.


Cape Horn Trail loop in Washington with closure February 1, 2015 through July 15, 2015.


Cape Horn Trail Information


Manzanita, Oregon

The Oregon Coast should be on your list of places to visit in Oregon. It's not the kind of coast you go to lay on the beach in a bathing suit and cool off in the ocean. It's the kind of coast you go to enjoy a walk on the beach and maybe it's warmer on the coast than Portland that day. The Oregon Coast is interesting and captivating. It is not usually hot and sunny, full of bikinis and surfer dudes. Surfing is most comfortable with wetsuits on. You go there for the beauty of the ocean and the calm crashing waves bubbling up onto the sand tickling the tips of your toes. The sunsets produce some of the most vibrant orange, red, purple, yellow, and blue colors stretching across the sky and reflecting off the wet sand. 

I feel refreshed after visting the Oregon coast. It helps reset my mind. It was fitting that we went to Manzanita, Oregon beach for New Year's Eve this year. Earth is a maginificent planet full of massive natural occurences and wonders. Go outside, see something new or look at something deeper that you see every day. You might be surprised to find something new from something old.

It's not a true beach day unless you drink a beer in the sand.

The most beautiful sunsets are worth the trip alone. 

Celebrate life. 2015, you're already off to a good start. Please keep it up.

Enjoy a cocktail at Wayfarer Restaurant in Cannon Beach, Oregon before heading back to Portland.

Visit Manzanita beach and keep your hearts open.