Whether you live in the Pacific Northwest or if you are just visiting the area, we have been providing stories of exciting places for hikers, campers, sightseers, and more to visit since 2015. Most of our stories focus on easy-to-moderate hikes that just about anyone can do. In other stories, we explore little-known attractions, PNW events, and news. If you are looking for something new to see in this amazing and beautiful region of the U.S., chances are you will find it here. We have two mottoes that we live by:
"Wander More, Worry Less"
If those resonate with you, you are in the right place! Read on about how we got started and then join us in exploring the majestic Pacific Northwest.
We live outside of the Tacoma, Washington area with a fantastic view of Mt. Rainier in our backyard. For some time we just stared at that mountain, without visiting it much. The times we did visit, we drove around, took a few photos, stopped at the visitors center, and that was about it. We did not get the full experience. That all changed in 2015.
We decided we want to start spending more time outside. Hiking and camping were the two things we took up. We did not have much of anything but a tent. So we purchased some new boots to start. After awhile we bought a few good hiking outfits. Later on some sleeping bags (no more bringing along the pile of blankets). We added a little here and a little there as time went on. We still have quite a bit that we could use. However, there’s nothing else that we need for what we are doing. The point is that it does not take much to get outdoors and have fun. We started with what we had and then added more as we went.
After seven months of exploring the area, we decided to begin writing about our journeys. To encourage ourselves to write on a regular basis we set a goal of writing for six months, one story per month, no matter if anyone was reading them or not. We would keep it up. After writing that first story we were eager to start the next. The goal quickly changed from once a month to once a week!
Although difficult at times, we are glad we decided to write every week. It forces us to make room to get outdoors and explore more. Especially when the weather is not the best — rain, snow, freezing temps, high winds — we are getting the full experience this way.
We started Pacific North Wanderers to share our experiences with others to encourage them to get outside and enjoy this wonderful region.
Stacy & Brandon