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Thanksgiving camping trip

Ever since Laurie and I moved in together back in 1999, we have gone camping for Thanksgiving. Our preferred destination is the short backpack from Lake Ozette out to Sand Point Campground on the Washington coast. In fact, we discovered that hike on our first Thanksgiving together when we camped and kayaked at Lake Ozette and did day hikes to Sand Point and Cape Alava.

1999 - Camp and kayak at Lake Ozette, and go on day hikes to Sand Point and Cape Alava. I discovered that the boardwalk sections of the trail can get incredibly slippery, so I get some Get-A-Grips before our next rip out there. Half the campground at Ozette is under water from the extreme flooding that year.

Snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier

On Friday when we were both feeling rather crappy, it was seeming very unlikely that we were going to be able to make it up to Mt. Rainier this weekend to do some snowshoeing. But as luck would have it, we both woke up feeling well enough to give it a try.

Since we got a late start, we just went up a little past the bridge over the Nisqually river and snowshoed around the scenic bypass loop. Since we are both a bit out of shape, it turns out that it was quite enough.

There was about 2 feet of powder on the ground, some scattered rain showers with ice pellets mixed in, and occasional gusts of wind that were probably around 20 knots. In other words enough weather to know that you are outside, but still nice enough to enjoy being outside.

Quinoa-Sweet Potato Salad

This is an incredibly delicious and easy to make trail food that has even made it on to our Thanksgiving Dinner table at home.

We have played around with it quite a bit and we now have two different versions, the backpack version where weight is a concern, and the home, car camping and sea kayaking version where it is acceptable to carry a little more weight in exchange for slightly better food and less prep work at home.

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