It’s been a few weeks since I’ve taken a hike (unless you count the urban hikes in Discovery Park). I wanted to post the hike I did back on the most beautiful sunny Seattle day in March. So my hiking friend Lacey and I hiked and hiked straight up this mountain asking every passer by about the view. They all joked like what view? We honestly thought they were joking and that the view would be amazing like all hikes that are that steep. Sadly, when we got to the top it was a picnic table in the middle of the woods – thus my simple type on wood grain photo. I guess that day we learned that A) not all hikes were designed for a pretty view at the top and B) we would do better trail research next time. Overall though, we had good time. We hiked back down the mountain feeling content that we had gotten out into nature on such a beautiful day. -Holly
Type hand-drawn by Holly. Photo taken with my iPhone5 Check out the past hikes here.
UPDATE: The Explore Column has become its own site! Please continue to follow along at it’s new location Hike the PNW
Over the weekend I stayed in the Ft. Warden barracks with a group of ladies from my church. It’s a retreat of sorts filled with lots of laughing, roaming of the beaches and wine. Always a good time to be had. This year we were tasked with creative boldness and spent the weekend painting and in my case taking photographs. I’m embarrassed to say I had to wipe the dust off my DSLR. It’s so easy these days to rely on your mobile device for picture taking, have you found that true too? I was reminded over the weekend how fun it is to use my “real” camera and hopefully you’ll be seeing more of it on here!
So I’ve been trying to design the trail logos to display over pictures from the hikes but couldn’t help designing this one below as well. I haven’t made my mind up yet if I want to stick to a style with images or mix it up. Which do you like better? -Holly
Typeface used: Mensch Photos by Holly with her Nikon D3000 Check out the past hikes here.
UPDATE: The Explore Column has moved! Please continue to follow along at it’s new location Hike the PNW
We ventured to Commonwealth Basin Snowshoe about a month ago to do some snowshoeing. Hiking through the snow is really pretty (and a lot more work!). At the top we discovered an abandoned igloo made by some boys who had camped the night before. It was possibly the coolest thing I’ve stumbled into while hiking.
With today’s trail logo I am using a couple typefaces from Lost Type. Have you used their fonts? They’re all really beautiful and unique and most impressively: free! Of course if you use the fonts and like them, it would be nice to support the artists with a donation! -Holly
I’m pleased to announce a new project called Explore. I try to go hiking throughout the year as well as other miscellaneous outdoor activities and decided it would be fun to document all the trails I venture to. The creative part you ask? It’s simple, I will create a logo for every hike I take, nothing fancy just something fun. I used to do a project on my old site, called “White Type” where I would explore new typefaces on imagery and this feels like a natural progression for the project. I hope you enjoy my adventures, small or grand as they may be! -Holly