Embrace a Wild Night

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Embrace a Wild Night


  • An alpine reflection at Cyclone Lake. Just below the surface rages a maelstrom of Biblical proportions.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • It's hard not to stop and take in the scenic views on the way up to Labyrinth Mountain near Minotaur Lake. Bipedals, be forewarned of quadrupedal activity.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Setting up for a harrowing night in the woods at east Watson Lake.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Wild beasts are rarely seen at Snoqualmie Lake, but their presence is felt in what they leave behind.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Passing through the netherworld on the Goat Lake Trail.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Pyrites Backcountry Camp in the Enchanted Valley.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • The wildflowers of Icicle Ridge.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Wildly wooded Patriarch Grove, the Weird Al Yankovich of forests.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Muir Woods' redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) along the Ben Johnson Hiking Trail. We ask you: fire damage or something more sinister?- Embrace a Wild Night
  • A night survived on Cucamonga Peak.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) on the Headlands Trail.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Storming the Castle Crag.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Use alpine lakes, like Echo Lake, as a last refuge to escape beasts of the forest, who are known to fear and avoid water.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Looking out over Rock Creek Basin.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Gladys Lake camp, where pieces fall from the night sky like some Aristotelian nightmare.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • The most fearsome woodland creature in existence freshening up for future carnage at Willow Lake.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • The Wild Basin, in it the hike to Lion Lakes, and the constant anxiety of the beasts implied in its name.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Beware the fearless goat-like creatures of the Chicago Basin.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • We lost our friend Todd at this lake that bears his name. We have reason to think he's taken to a life in the wild. Hang your foodstuffs when camping overnight.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa) at Lost Lake. Do not touch; they exude dangerous neurotoxins that induce catatonia followed by a six-hour bout of narcoleptic confabulation.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • The disturbing scene of Mount Hood (11,250 ft) from Frog Lake.- Embrace a Wild Night
  • Ice nubbins in Arnold Ice Cave, accessible only through ponderosa forests and known to show hikers their future. Most futures include bats.- Embrace a Wild Night

To oceans and mountains we give our romance. The forest, on the other hand, is a place that we fear. From the earliest moments of recorded history, the forest was a place of danger—a place to be conquered or avoided, not explored.

Forests are quiet, dark, and dank, places that incite the imagination rather than overwhelm the senses. We populate them with our imagination: ogres, fairies and nymphs, cross-dressing wolves, trees that move, feel, and talk, and packs of furry horned beasties. Now, in the modern age, the dangers of the forest have changed, but the essence remains the same. Breadcrumbs were replaced by GPS navigation, grizzlies and wolves are all but eradicated from the lower 48, but electronic devices suffer the whimsy of serendipitous failure, and carnivorous animals were replaced by shadowy figures on the fringe, hominid incarnations of untamed aggression. This is the place of the wildeor, wild beasts, where our idea of wilderness and the word itself originate.

For this installment of the #52WeekAdventureChallenge, we encourage you to tease your imagination with a night in the woods. Camp as close as you can to a place of discomfort, light a fire to keep yourself warm, and remember that the more you stare into its flames, the harder it is to see in the dark.

Let the wild rumpus start.







We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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