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US City Slicker Herbasaurus: Camping in the Cascades with Diana Mini and Friends

Hi everyone! Today's Lomo Adventure takes place in the mountainous regions of the Pacific Northwest. We got a group of friends to get together for a little camping trip.

One of the great things about Seattle is that we are surrounded by two main mountain ranges: the Olympic Mountains in the west and the Cascade Mountains in the east. Yearning for some outdoor nature adventures? This is the place to do it. The hardest part of getting out of the city is just finding the time to. Whenever we get the chance, there are multiple national parks easily accessible for any outdoor activity. Do not forget your cameras. For this trip, I brought along with me Diana Mini and Fisheye No.1.

Photo by herbasaurus

On this last camping adventure, I will admit I was not completely prepared for what I was getting into. In my defense, my friend, Ethan, did not clearly say where we were headed. “Do you trust me?” was a question that I often got from him. Where we actually camped, I could not tell you how to get there. I can only give you a general direction of where we went. Regardless, there are so many beautiful places here that you just need to go!

As we were driving to our spot with Ethan in the lead, a feeling of fear crossed my mind. Snow. We started seeing snow. Normally, this would not be an issue, but then we slowly started seeing glimpses of more and more snow. I was prepared for everything…but snow. Lucky for me, we only got close to it and ended up not camping on it at all.

We went on a hike on this trail and got to see a lot of a glacier. This was the first time I had ever seen one this close. Once in a while, we heard huge cracks and booms. I thought trees were exploding because it was so cold, but it was actually chucks of ice falling off the glacier. Ridiculous, I know. The hike was long and it rained a lot, but the view was spectacular and I am grateful for friends that keep the morale high. We played in the snow and made the most of our time together. Rain never gets us down.

When we arrived at our camp spot, dusk was coming to end and we were about to be engulfed in complete darkness. We quickly built up a fire and set up our tents. Never forget your bug spray! Once we settled in, I snapped a few pictures and found…a sparkler in my car.

Camping is always fun with the friends! With a little planning and some preparation, we can easily leave Seattle behind and experience the wilderness. We were not out for long, we were only there for two days. One thing to take note of is that it has been getting harder to reserve camping spot (depending on where you go), Be sure to reserve early or explore deeper into the national parks where most people would not even dare to travel to!

Be prepared! For anything. Okay, things happen, but try to be prepared for anything. Bring a lot of bug repellent, enough wood for a big fire, and bring lots of film! Happy camping and come check out what the Pacific Northwest has to offer beyond the Seattle city limits.

Photo by herbasaurus

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