The West Coast Dad Collective Guide to The North Cascades Part 2: Diablo Lake, Ross Lake, Hidden Lake Lookout

The West Coast Dad Collective Guide to The North Cascades Part 2: Diablo Lake, Ross Lake, Hidden Lake Lookout

We paddled out to Spencer's, which is the only island on Ross Lake that doesn't specifically call itself an island. Actually, when we went it wasn't entirely an island because the water level was low enough that you could walk across a narrow piece of land. This was a fact that also led us to be a little more concerned with bears than we may have otherwise been if we were on Cougar Island, Cat Island or Ten Mile Island. Thankfully we encountered no bears (we did have bear spray on hand and also made use of the bear proof container provided at the campsite).

The West Coast Dad Collective Guide to The North Cascades Part 1: Diablo Lake, Ross Lake

The West Coast Dad Collective Guide to The North Cascades Part 1: Diablo Lake, Ross Lake

Well... the trip planning that we put in ahead of time for our North Cascades adventure paid off. We had a heck of a time. We kayaked pristine waters, we dived off canyon cliffs, we caught giant rainbow trout, we saw billions of stars shine through near total darkness, we got our butts kicked by a gorgeous but grueling hike, and we had many conversations about life and fatherhood. For me, most importantly, I recharged my batteries and returned home with more energy and capacity to be a fully engaged and patient parent. And that is really why this was so important and why breaks like this are needed. When you find yourself "zoning out" too often as a parent, it's time for a recharge. 

The Importance of the Watch - a Reflection on Legacy and JORD Wrist Watches

The Importance of the Watch - a Reflection on Legacy and JORD Wrist Watches

While taking pictures of these sentimental heirlooms I have sometimes wondered about my own two sons. I have thought about what it is that I would pass down to them. I do not own anything particularly special that my father gave to me. I do not possess anything from my grandfathers either. I have memories. I have some pictures that I hold dear, but I do not have any particular item. I may actually have that item now though.

Planning Out An Epic Kayak Camping Trip in the North Cascades

Planning Out An Epic Kayak Camping Trip in the North Cascades

This trip is in a month from now so keep an eye out for the post about how it went. Not going to lie but my expectations are very high. We're shooting for "adventure of a lifetime" but I'm willing to settle for "epic trip with best buddy". Also, if this trip is as awesome and manageable as it seems, we might look to bring both of our families next time. But for now it is two dads recharging and getting away from it all (very important part of being the best dad you can be!) Adventure is out there and we are stoked!