For as long as I can remember I’ve liked travel planning. I’ve spent many hours digging through guidebooks and pouring over maps, planning domestic and international vacations, backpacking trips, day hikes, mountain bike rides, and trail runs. My wife and I have amassed a huge collection of guidebooks and maps covering the Western United States and beyond. Despite a purge of older guidebooks earlier this year, our collection is too large for our bookshelf and now takes up multiple flat surfaces in our house.
During the summer of 2016 we moved to Bend, Oregon and days after our arrival we began collecting topographic maps and guidebooks for the region. While we managed to hike, run, and mountain bike a good number of trails during the summer and fall, when the 2016/2017 Snowpocalypse arrived we, like many others in Oregon, found ourselves stuck inside. Stuck inside for months and months.
On a cold and gloomy morning in April 2017, while struggling to finalize a report for a client in Los Angeles, I decided I needed a fun project to lift my spirits. While my fun project initially involved planning a backpacking trip to the Sawtooths for six people at some point it morphed into planning an ambitious adventure for my wife and me – completing all of the hikes featured in our favorite hiking guide for Central Oregon – 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades by William Sullivan – by the end of the 2018 hiking season.
Initially this travel blog/journal was going to provide a succinct summary of each of the 100 hikes featured in Sullivan’s guidebook, with plenty of text focused on describing the places we visited, the journey to and from the hikes, and the watering holes we found to enjoy celebratory beers afterwards. It didn’t take long before I determined that such a blog would be deadly dull. After mulling about it for a few months, I decided that it would be more interesting to describe the highlights of the Sullivan hiking odyssey (we completed 50 of the 100 hikes before the end of the 2018 hiking season) and to blog about other outdoor adventures (e.g., mountain bike rides, backpacking trips, kayaking, and trail running) that took me to interesting places in Oregon.
So that is the history behind this blog. Should be interesting to see where it will go from here. Happy reading!