Old Friends. New Friends. Barclay Lake.

Invited to go on an overnight backpack trip to Barclay Lake outside Baring, WA., I was beyond glad that we ended up there versus our original destination of Heather Lake off the Mountain Loop Highway. Why? As I often do, I overpacked. I couldn't figure out what I would've left behind (maybe some camera gear) but I made it and was grateful for those who lugged in the wood for our fire... or what was supposed to be our fire.

After we set up camp alongside the lake, within earshot of the small avalanches from the neighboring mountain, we found out the wood I bought had at one point been rained on and dried where as to the naked eye and touch you couldn't tell. It wasn't until we tried to light the fire that after over an hour we had only managed to half cook several cans of soup thanks impart to one of the guys (Malachi) constantly blowing on the few embers to keep them lit.

After being defeated by the flames we walked some distance from our camp to clean our dishes, hang our food in a tree and use the "facilities" before retiring to our mummy bags.

We saw a little rain overnight but the temperature was mild and we woke to a perfect spring day in the mountains. Encouraged by the weather we gave the fire one more try in hopes of brewing some coffee but quickly realized the story had already been written. Time to explore.

With our coats on and cameras around our necks we left the camp behind to see what was beyond the soft layer of fog that was filling the forest in front of us. Because of the snow we soon came to the end of the visible trail and to the mouth of a larger creek that feeds the lake. Not to deep and with Gortex boots a few of us moved on and found an even better campsite for next time, some bear tracks and grand view of Baring Mountain and the surrounding hills.

Not staying too long we met up with the rest of the guys and winded our way back towards camp. Packed up and ready to go we pushed down the trail towards our cars with a few good stories, a short list of what not to do next time and a handful of images of our first adventure this season.

Creative Mornings Seattle featuring Cal McAllister

This month's theme was Rebel and featured Cal McAllister, Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director for Wexley School for Girls.

Here is a little about the speaker as told and typed by his 6-year-old niece, Louisa.

Uncle Cow is a man, and he is nice! He is a joyfle man. He has 2 neeses, and 1 nefuwe. He has soft scruffy hair. He has a nice wife named Amanda who takes showers 100 times a day. He has baby named Paige and a baby named Annie. He has a verey good tast. He is a strong man. He is a writer at Wexley School for girls. His favorite house anamle is a dog.

And he is a verey good prson. He is a nice, and cinde friend. He is a funny man, and is 43 years old. He is a asom prson, he is hansome, and a verey good dresser. He has 2 tatoos. He likes playing soccer. He takes shorter time in the bathroom than his wife. He has a verey smart brain. He is a little strange sometimes! He is a verey good worker. He stays up really late. His favorite song is: Happy Birthday! His favorite person is Amanda. The best thing he has ever done in his whole life was his weding day. His favorite memory of being a kid is playing stik ball in the summer with his brother.

A short documentary about Ed Zevely. At 68 Ed still chooses to ride out into the Colorado high country for two weeks at a time. And he does it alone. For more info go to: www.finbackfilms.com Made in partnership with Filson. Finback Films is: Kahlil Hudson, Tyler Hughen and Alex Jablonski