Salt and Trail is a blog about hiking, running and sailing in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a mix between a bucket list and hobby blog.
I’m using this site to post notes about goals, prep, routes, destinations and events. Mostly I post pictures of things I see along the way that make me happy…
I’m Mike Barlow. I’m a dad, husband, friend of dogs and cats, lover of trees and I’m also fond of an occasional IPA.
Over the last year I have boiled my hobbies down to three areas where I want to focus and get better: hiking, running and sailing. I’m not an expert at any of these, but maybe someday….
I’m using this blog as a journal to plan, reflect and maybe even connect with others that share the same interests. Feel free to drop a comment, or reach out online.
My PNW Running Bucket List
Running is an activity that has never come natural for me. It’s a necessary evil that I used to make every effort to avoid.
In 2018 I ran a few races, and for reasons that I don’t understand I enjoyed them. So, I guess I got the bug. In early 2019 I decided to train and try to do little better this year than last year.
Here are the races I currently have on my bucket list:
- 2019 Everett 10K – Completed
- 2019 Evergreen 5 Miler
- 2019 Bridge of the Gods 10K
- 2019 Ragnar Rainier Trail Relay
- 2019 Ragnar Seattle Sunset Run
PNW Sailing Bucket List
In 2018 I got to check off a lifetime bucket list goal of acquiring a sailboat. Destiny II is our Santana 37 and we sail her as often as we can.
The Pacific Northwest is a sailing wonderland. We sail in the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Boundary Islands and the Strait of Georgia.
Current bucket list is below:
- 2019 – Patos Island
- 2019 – Sucia Island
- 2019 – Cole Harbor (Vancouver)
- 2019 – Victoria
- 2019 – Roche Harbor
- 2019 – Friday Harbor
PNW Hiking Bucket List
In addition to being a sailing and cruising paradise, the Seattle area has world class hiking opportunities. Olympic National Park, Rainier National Park, Cascade National Park, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mt. Baker… Many of these locations are connected by the Pacific Crest Trail as it winds it’s way from Oregon to Canada.
The opportunities and options are plentiful.
- Tolmie Peak Lookout – Rainier
- Granite Mountain – Snoqualmie