Meet Your Guide

I’m a weekend adventurer who lives in the Pacific Northwest between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, surrounded by water. A place where orcas swim, and the eagle’s call is part of life’s soundtrack.

Seeing Mount Rainier reign over the landscape never gets old.

I’ve always loved escaping into nature to melt away the stress that comes with being a small business owner, and I do it every chance I get. 

My husband, Colby, and I have taken trips to Olympic Peninsula beaches and Washington State parks and islands for over a decade (Salt Creek and La Push are at the top of our list!).

But in 2021, something shifted. 

I was already a hiker, but that year, I knew wholeheartedly that I needed to climb mountains and reach higher elevations. So I did, completing bucket list hikes such as Camp Muir, Mt Ellinor, The Enchantments, and many other adventures. 

Since then, I’ve had a (mostly) healthy obsession with Cascade volcanoes. 

The mountains are where I feel the most alive, but some of my most cherished memories are of beach hiking to this region’s world-class coastline destinations, like Point of Arches and Cape Flattery.

I couldn’t imagine not living near water.

Recreating near the ocean, rivers, and pristine lakes brings me unparalleled joy.

all smiles on Second Beach La Push
Me and Colby on Second Beach at Olympic National Park.

Why Trust Me?

I live twenty minutes from the Olympic Peninsula and one-and-a-half hours from the Cascade Mountains. 

I’ve experienced Olympic National Park during all seasons. In the Cascades, I’ve summited Mount St Helens and Mount Adams and have climbed Mount Baker and Mount Rainier. 

My Oboz boots have logged some serious miles, and so has my Prius. (My AllTrails app has tracked 386.5 miles and 77,628 feet of elevation gain since 2021, and that’s not counting the times I forgot to hit start!) 

I know where to get the heartiest breakfast in Sequim, which coffee shop is worth a stop in Port Angeles, and where in Forks you’ll get bbq that Texans wait in line for.

I know the coziest, most comfortable, affordable cabins and inns to book near popular destinations. 

I know how to answer “Ashford or Packwood?” when choosing where to stay when visiting Mount Rainier National Park.

I know all of this – and more – because I live here! And I’ve done countless hours of research for my own trips. (Nerd alert! Planning is my pastime.)

All smiles while hiking Lake 22 in the North Cascades

What You Can Expect

I’m committed to using my in-depth knowledge of this region to help you craft the ultimate Pacific Northwest adventure. 

This site provides comprehensive guides, easy-to-follow itineraries with maps, photos I’ve taken myself, and tried-and-true tips – everything you need to get the most out of your trip to this inspiring region – written by a local from first-hand experience.

Let’s Go!

If you’re looking for a guide with insider knowledge of the places you want to go, you’re in the right place. 

It’s my absolute pleasure to be that planner friend you didn’t even know you needed, helping you discover the magic of the Pacific Northwest.

So glad you’re here.

xo Meeshka