Here are some FAQs that no one ever asks, but they would ask if they bothered to ask them:
What breed of dog is Grace and how old is she?
She is supposedly lab and boxer mix, but I think she’s a dingo. As of May 2017, she’s a little over four years old. She’s a bundle of energy that never stops. We get home from hiking 8 miles, she crashes for 30 mins, then she’s back zooming around again.
What amazing camera do you use to take pictures?
I don’t use anything fancy — just the camera on my Galaxy S6 phone. I don’t ever use filters, either. All I do is focus the camera on what I want and shoot. Pure Pacific Northwest beauty.
Edit: So, I slipped and landed on top of my S6. It’s dead. I did get a new cell phone, but I no longer use it for photos as often as I used to. Now I have a Sony A6300. I have a sweet Zeiss Batis 2/25 that pretty much lives on my camera. I also have an A-Mount lens — Sony 16-50mm f/2.8. I use a polarizing filter pretty much all the time and I have a little tripod that I break out sometimes to get the clearest shot possible.
How do you make those awesome graphics with the maps and stuff?
I have a Suunto Traverse watch that captures my hike data. Then, I just take a screenshot of the maps after I upload it to Movescount. That’s also how I get my accurate data on time elapsed, length, etc.
What was your favorite hike?
I don’t know if I could pick a favorite, but I have many that stick out in my mind as memorable or even magical. I love Devil’s Punchbowl in the Siskiyous, though it is challenging. Another rewarding one was Grayback Mountain. It made me work for the summit, but it was worth it. I loved Illinois River Trail, though it’s tricky to get there if you only have a passenger car. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done was Grizzly Lake — so amazing!
What peaks have escaped you as of yet?
I’ve been checking the big ones off my list one by one and now I have to expand my boundaries a bit more. I have been doing a lot of hikes in Northern California. I want to return to Gearhart Mountain Wilderness and other Central/Eastern Oregon areas, as well.