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 [...]

Digging Deep ~ White Pass to the Golden Goat Rocks and a Little Shimmy Through the Land of the Losts

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/shoe-lake, https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/old-snowy-mountain-elk-pass, https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/coyote-trail-79, https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/clear-lost-trail-to-lost-lake-lookout Once you’ve wandered through the mountains, over long and laborious miles, climbing and descending time and again - you will never see vibrant vistas and far off peaks the same.  You'll [...]

The Best Medicine – Pete Lake, June 2021

"Laughter is the language of the soul." ~ Pablo Neruda https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pete-lake Sometimes you hike to escape. You search for a path less traveled and delve deep into the wild in search of solitude, to cleanse your soul and renew your spirit. To remember how good and pure the world remains, just down the path, where [...]

Choosing Beauty ~Lake Chelan Lakeshore Trail – May 2021

"To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles." Mary Davis https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/chelan-lakeshore The distance between our last hike and this one feels like a million miles ago. Fear and grief have been working pretty hard to pull us down and the world around us apart. And as our date on the lake approached, those [...]

Angels Unaware ~ Yellow Banks and The Ozette Triangle, August 2020

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/yellow-banks https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-ozette " Let brotherly love continue.  Stop neglecting to show hospitality to strangers, for by showing hospitality some have had angels as their guests without being aware of it."Hebrews 13:2 In the midst of a masked pandemic, as summer was nearing its end, I ventured into the woods with my youngest and her ever adventurous cousin. [...]