Train to Toruń

On the train from Poznań to Toruń, random fellow passengers helped me put my bags away, offered me food and a drink which is definitely something spiked with something. And now we are using Google translate to communicate with each other. I think they are Ukrainian. And we are mixing some Russian with Polish now. They work in construction. Build …

Meditating on Mt St Helens

Change is the only constant. Sometimes even a mountain defaces itself to find it’s true expression. Doesn’t this look so distinguished? A photo posted by Sameer Halai (@sameerhalai) on Mar 8, 2015 at 5:50pm PDT

I want my Mountain back. Mt Rainier shut down

Because of the government shut down all National Parks, including Mt. Rainier, are shut down. Due to websites being considered non-essential, they can’t even update the website to let people know what to expect. Turns out, the roads have been blocked, gates have been locked and it’s not possible to drive into the National Park anymore. Putting this out here …

Seattle is the sum of the city and its surroundings

Seattle is a growing city with a lot to offer with all its wilderness parks, great restaurants and bars and nightlife. However, just 25 miles in any direction, you experience things I always thought you would need a vacation to access. My wife and I have internalized the Seattle lifestyle and incorporated a lot of backcountry and outdoors into our …

Milky Way over Mt. Rainier with climbers making summit attempt

Growing up in Mumbai, I remember seeing stars above me. I remember vividly that I could see the 30 brightest stars in the Northen Hemisphere as I knew them by name and could find them at night. In the 90s, light pollution came and you couldn’t see anymore. Yet, nothing is more awestriking yet relatively easily accessible than a simple …

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Climbing Mt. Adams in one day

It can be done in one day but it’s more comfortable to do it in two. But if you plan on two days then you end up carrying more weight which slows you down and justifies doing it in two days. So it’s a cyclical argument. We decided to summit Mt Adams in one day. Conservative estimate was 14hrs round trip …

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Sunrise and Sunset in Seattle with Olympics and Cascades

Seattle gets beautiful sunrises and sunsets. With the Cascade mountains and Lake Washington in the East and the Olympics and the Puget Sound in the West, it can be pretty breathtaking. One of the views below is from my bedroom!