Hiking Lake Serene.

We packed up the fishing and bouldering gear and headed out for a local adventure. Everyone was asking what Amanda had on her back. They thought I was such a jerk making her carry the biggest pack. I thought it was funny all of the way there.Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.52.45 PMThe first stop was Bridal Veil Falls. It is worth the uphill climb to a beautiful big waterfall. The opposite direction were fantastic views of Skykomish river and the mountains in the background.Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.53.47 PM

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.53.58 PMA bit later, we arrived to Lake Serene. We were blown away by the raw beauty. A lot of people were walking away from the lake when we arrived. We realized it was because the sun sets early high up in the mountains. It got cold quickly, but there were willing fish and amazing views.
Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.54.30 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 11.54.39 PMIf you are looking for a longer uphill hike and want a good reward at the end, I highly recommend this one. It gets crowded even during the week so be prepared to hang out with lots of people. Happy trails!

That small creek.

If you aren’t following my Instagram, you are missing out on the #waterfallselfie barrage that is occurring. Find me @roryseiter.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.33.15 AMThis tributary to the Stillaguamish has had fantastic fishing this summer. The flows are starting to finally drop so much that I will avoid this area for a while. There is small stream fishing and there is fishing that is detrimental to the fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.52 AMInstead, I am taking my friends on bushwhacking adventures and occasionally hook into some small fish.Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.29 AMThe places that fly fishing takes us is well worth it. Sometimes it is sketchy, sometimes it is uncomfortable, most of the time it is just absolutely beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.32.45 AM

Camping and fishing on the Sol Duc.

I had never really been to the Olympic Peninsula. A couple of stops at the ferry terminal in Port Angeles doesn’t really count. I still have not been to the Olympic National Park. Until I am allowed to take my dog wherever I want in the park, I probably won’t be going there. I found out about the Klahowya Campground and had to visit it. It is on the Olympic National Forest land making it cheaper and dog friendly. The drive along US 101 wasn’t very impressive until I turned off the highway and into the campsite. Tall trees shaded the whole area. The beautiful, low, clear, and cold Sol Duc River was flowing near a bunch of the campsites. We arrived hot and ready to fish. Before unloading the car, Lando and I need to see the water and take a selfie.Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.16.44 PMThe trees are as enormous as you would expect them to be. With so few inhabitants, there aren’t many (if any) trails beside the rivers. This is half of the reason I went. Even though there are places where it is easily accessible, most people aren’t willing to leave the campgrounds. Ferns, moss, and berries were everywhere. the smell of Christmas was everywhere. It felt 20 degrees cooler once you were in the forest.Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.17.20 PMFollowing the river, I came to a very deep hole. It would have been a great place to swim if it weren’t full of fish. I was sight casting to some of the largest wild trout I have seen in Washington. It was a bit of sketchy hike to get to this area. I had to remind myself that if either one of us got injured, it is a long walk back to the car and there still wouldn’t be cell service for another 15 miles.

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It is always good when you can’t hold the camera far enough away to get a decent picture. Watching this fish eat my fly, swim upstream, jump, swim downstream, and force me to scramble over logs and rocks was a thrill I won’t soon forget.Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.18.08 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 2.18.21 PMThanks for reading and feel free to leave your comments!

Another Yak float.

Fly fishing the Yakima River is such a standard activity for any fly angler living in Seattle. The caddis were abundant and the small cutthroat trout eagerly try to devour anything floating over their head. Derek, Jason, and I spent a hot day floating downstream occasionally catching fish and mostly solving life’s problems. It was what a good day of fishing should consist of.

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Cherry Creek Falls.

Having a Monday off, Hoang, Lando, and I decided to head out for a small local hike. We always like to find new places, so we chose Cherry Creek Falls from the Washington Trails Association website. It was a beautiful and easy hike in. Don’t forget to turn immediately after the largest creek crossing.Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.24.49 PM

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.44 PMWe were immediately greeted by this astonishing view.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.25.12 PMWhen the sun came out, we loved being in the water.

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.25.22 PMHoang couldn’t help himself and had to climb to the top of the falls to check his Instagram. Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.33 PMWhile he was up there, this Water Ouzel kept me thoroughly entertained. Check out the hungry mouths that had to constantly be fed!

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.27.07 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-26 at 8.26.20 PMAll in all I would highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a close and easy hike near Seattle. Waterfalls, wildlife, and we never saw another person at the falls. Know of any other great hikes in the area? Leave them in the comments. Thanks!

One year done.

Boom. Just like that I am one year away from being an RN. It has been one hell of a quarter. From me breaking my neck to Amanda needing an emergency appendectomy. Somehow, we got through it and occasionally had some fun.

We had a sunset kayak with Mount Rainier majestically looming in the background. This was just a couple of days before Amanda was doubled over in pain and we took her to the ER.Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 12.51.20 PM Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 12.56.33 PM I found my new favorite creek that is close to Seattle. This was the fish of the day. 
Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 12.50.37 PMSummer has begun and I plan on doing lots of fun things that do not involve nursing school. Thanks for following along.

Lime Kiln Trail.

We had a few spare hours one day and headed out for a hike. We found the Lime Kiln Trail on WTA. The Robe Canyon are is absolutely amazing to me. Building a railway, next to what was deemed a “trout stream” made sense to people that don’t understand the amount of water that falls here every year. Read about the history of Robe Canyon and the area, here.I guess I am just not adventurous enough to want to live out here in the late 1800s. I suppose the fishing would have been much better. We did our own adventure and were very thankful for the trail builders that put in all of the time and effort that makes these hikes possible.

imagejpeg_0It rained a little. Not surprisingly.Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.58 AMThe whole hike was beautiful. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.32 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.20 AMThe lime kiln was also amazing to me. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.44 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.52 AMSalmon berries are almost ready to be harvested. Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.08.49 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.07.02 AM Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 9.08.32 AM