Dreamin' with the Devil

After spending some time in Portland eating lots of delicious ice cream, it was time to challenge myself physically while checking off an item on the good ol' bucket list. Chris and I snuck away into the magical forests to climb a mountain or two. We drove to Mt. Rainier in Washington. It would be my first attempt at backpacking. At schlepping all my shit 6 miles up a mountain. And 6 miles back down again.

I'm not going to lie, I was nervous. But mentally ready for the literal uphill battle that was ahead.  We would be hiking through part of the 90 mile long Wonderland Trail - our camp destination would be Devil's Dream. Hiking about 2500 feet in elevation. Basically, I Stairmastered the shit out of this hike. 

With my new adventure gear in tow and my trusty adventure shoes on, I was ready to see if I could do it. It was a mystical journey through one of the oldest National Parks in the country.  Mount Rainier led us through naturey magic at every twist and turn. And Chris (Adventure Guy Photo) was there at every step capturing the journey. 

The climb begins right out of the gate. 

The climb begins right out of the gate. 

So many river crossings and streams to splash through.

So many river crossings and streams to splash through.

Hit a clearing, and was smack dab in front of this beauty. 

Hit a clearing, and was smack dab in front of this beauty. 

TIP: When crossing a log bridge, always stop to see the view. 

TIP: When crossing a log bridge, always stop to see the view. 

Eldorado General Store Adventure Guy Photo Mt. Rainier Washington Backpacking
Dainty Avalanche Lilies surrounded our camp 

Dainty Avalanche Lilies surrounded our camp 

Sleeping under the stars. Home for the night - Devil's Dream.

Sleeping under the stars. Home for the night - Devil's Dream.

Our camp even came with a built in shelf - ahhhh, luxuries. 

Our camp even came with a built in shelf - ahhhh, luxuries. 

Woke up in the morning and saw this magical, rainbow colored spider web just glistening in the sunshine. So I decided to practice my photo skills.

Woke up in the morning and saw this magical, rainbow colored spider web just glistening in the sunshine. So I decided to practice my photo skills.

Adventure Guy Photo always seems to catch me sunbathing in the warmth of the morning light. 

Adventure Guy Photo always seems to catch me sunbathing in the warmth of the morning light. 

Stealing Chris's camera - getting ready for the hike back down. 

Stealing Chris's camera - getting ready for the hike back down. 

Couldn't stop and NOT splash around in the waterfall

Couldn't stop and NOT splash around in the waterfall

I've always wanted to drink water from a stream - it was ice cold and delicious. (Sterilized it with a sterlipen of course).  

I've always wanted to drink water from a stream - it was ice cold and delicious. (Sterilized it with a sterlipen of course).  

Stumbled across this wacky guy growing sideways and stretching for the sunshine. 

Stumbled across this wacky guy growing sideways and stretching for the sunshine. 

Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo?

Fuck yes. I did it. 

Fuck yes. I did it.