Kayaking the Palouse River

I recently created a meetup group, so I'd meet some adventurous people who like getting outside and doing things. My first scheduled trip was to kayak the Palouse River, something I'd never done before. There is a very small window of time that this river can be kayaked. I know people who have done it... Continue Reading →


Kayaking Sand Creek and Dover and Festival at Sandpoint

I drove up to Springy Point on Thursday, since I didn't have a spot reserved and was nervous about not getting one for the Railroad Earth concert on Saturday. So since I had a couple days to do whatever I wanted up there, I kayaked Sand Creek and Dover. The night of the concert, I... Continue Reading →

4th of July on Priest Lake

I'd reserved site 147 in Lionhead campground for 4th of July weekend 9 months earlier. I'd heard that Priest Lake has a nice fireworks show for the 4th, so I wanted to check it out. Lionhead Unit Campground is the northernmost part of Priest Lake State Park. The east side of the lake is where... Continue Reading →

Garfield Bay Kayaking

We stayed at Garfield Bay Campground and I forgot to take photos of our campspot. I didn't realize I'd be writing this blog back when I took this trip. So I only have a few photos to share. Garfield Bay on Lake  Pend Oreille is a great place to go if you want some quiet.... Continue Reading →

Lower Priest Lake Kayaking

We usually stay at Luby Bay Campground when we go to Lower Priest. There's a walking path that takes you to Hills Resort from the campground, and the beach there is great. Its a nice paddle to the islands. It's not so quick to get up to Upper Priest from Luby. To do that, you'd... Continue Reading →

4th of July at Hells Gate State Park

Fourth of July in north Idaho can be unpredictable weather-wise, so back in January, we made our reservations at Hells Gate knowing we were more likely to have warm, dry weather down there. The fireworks were to be set off over the Snake River. We'd all brought our bicycles, so we could bike over on a... Continue Reading →


We arrived on Kauai in the dark, and being the same day we woke up early to catch an hour-long shuttle to Kualoa Ranch, ran 13.1 miles while nearly throwing up, shuttling back to Waikiki, then hanging out at our guesthouse pool until our flight left, it was feeling like a very long day. We... Continue Reading →

Spokane River Kayaking

I don't remember the put in or take out for this trip. What I do remember is flipping my kayak when I was trying to get back into it after cooling off with a swim and losing everything including my prescription glasses.

Upper Priest Lake Kayak Camping

This was to be our first overnight kayak trip, and I was very excited! We stayed the night in the Lionhead Unit campground in the Chalet and then moved it to the overnight parking near the boat launch for the time that we would be on Upper Priest. Kayaking to the entrance of the Thorofare,... Continue Reading →

Dworshak Reservoir

We camped here on Memorial Day weekend because it's warmer here than at home. It was a very family-friendly campground. Jack ran into a teammate from his baseball team, and there were a bunch of kids biking and throwing the ball around at the campground. There was a volunteer with a huge telescope at the... Continue Reading →

Orcas Island Kayaking & Trail Running

Rather than drive all the way from Moscow to Anacortes, where the ferry took off from, we drove as far as Leavenworth and stayed at Icicle Creek Campground the first night of our trip. Nothing really special about this campground other than a bear warning sign blocking off a few campsites in the campground. Ironically... Continue Reading →

McCall Meanders

This is definitely a trip I recommend. You don’t even need your own boat for this one, since you can rent them at North Beach, where the Meanders empties into Payette Lake. We got to McCall late on Friday, and we almost didn’t get a campspot. It ended up being McCall’s 4th of July fireworks weekend,... Continue Reading →

Bonnie Lake Kayaking

We were supposed to kayak this lake the day before with a group, but the weather forecast called for high winds all day. We waited just one day when the wind was to die down, and I'm so glad we did. This lake is a little hard to find. It’s definitely off the beaten path,... Continue Reading →

Elk River Reservoir

Having just bought 2 Hobie kayaks and a Chalet pop-up trailer in late August of 2011, this was my first overnight trip. Jack and I put our kayaks into the reservoir right from our campspot.

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