My Brother Standing By ~ Longs Pass to Lake Ingalls, August 2022

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/longs-pass https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-ingalls "Well, I had a dream IStood beneath an orange sky Yes, I had a dream IStood beneath an orange skyWith my brother standing byWith my brother standing by..." Alexi Murdoch I lost my brother a couple years ago after a long and arduous, heart wrenching struggle with CTE. It's been so long since [...]

Getting After It ~ Waptus to Spade July 2022

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/waptus-lake https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/spade-lake "Be like a mosquito. Get after it." Mikey Spade Lake has been on our Bucket List ever since we spied upon its beauty while traipsing along a ridge below Mt. Daniel a few years ago. It's a bit of a trek to get there and the short stint between Waptus and Spade is [...]

Gnome Man’s Land – SouthCoast Wilderness Trail with my Fairy Friends

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/toleak-point "All the world is made of faith and trust and pixie dust." ~ Peter Pan I know a couple of pixies who where looking for an adventure. So, we rustled up a mid-summer plan, woke while the stars were still twinkling above and made our way to the Olympic National Forest where an enchanting [...]

What a Wonderful World ~ Navaho Pass, July 2022

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/navaho-pass "The world is big, and I want to get a good look at it before it gets dark." John Muir As I walk along a dirt path I feel the world loosening its grip on me. And for a while I walk untethered through forests and fields and passes of the purest pleasures . [...]

A Cloudy Mist and Crystal Bliss – Sheep Lake with a Side of Crystal Mountain, September 2021

Autumn has its perks. Cool colors and cozy clothes and warm drizzled drinks. But, even with all the splendor it holds - I am never ready for it. Or perhaps, I am just never quite willing to let summer go. In a last ditch effort to cling to summerland days I wrangled a few good [...]

Lux Laboring ~ Labor Day Weekend in the Goat Rocks, September 2021

"Speak to the earth and it will teach you." Job 12:8 https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/snowgrass https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/old-snowy-mountain-elk-pass Usually, my favorite thing to do over Labor Day Weekend is to stay home. Car camping has lost its lure with me and the few times we've ventured down a dirt path over a holiday weekend it was a mad house. But, [...]

Into The Valley ~ Enchanted Valley Anniversary Trip, August 2021

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God."  It has never been hard for me to follow Mike's lead in life. To go where he goes. To stay where he stays. I really would follow him anywhere. And his people were [...]

Rainy Daze ~ Dewy Lake and Sheep Lake

"The best thing you can do when its raining, is let it rain." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow When we have an adventure planned and the forecast attempts to foray its way into our fun I often spend days fretting about it. Should we go? Should we not? If we go, how likely is it that [...]