Blame It On the Rain ~ Olympic South Coast Wilderness Trail/Third Beach to Strawberry Point, August 2017

"Rain or shine ~ we must run wild from time to time." This summer has been a funny one.  Our excursions into the wild have not come often or easy. So when, after rescheduling a time or two, our South Olympic Coast hike landed on a weekend where the rain threatened us a bit we [...]

Back At It ~ Packwood, July 2018

"We didn't know we were making memories.  We just knew we were having fun." ~Winnie the Pooh~ The best summers are the ones that roll in slowly, when the forest opens up early and the calendar sits wide open and we can venture off into the wild as early as May.  This has not [...]

Dreamscapes ~ Spider Meadow, Phelps Basin, Spider Gap and Beyond, September 2017 "Hiking is a bit like life. The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other... again and again and again.  And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the [...]

Strawberry Sunsets ~ South Olympic Coast-Strawberry Point, August 2017 "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Sometimes once is enough.  And, sometimes - it just is not.  This is a trail we'll be coming back to again and again.  So, much so - that you may tire of the story it tells.  But, I [...]

On Top of Old Smokey ~ The Goat Rocks, August 2017 "Oh, the places you'll go." ~ Dr. Suess There will be a time, in our not too distant future, that our unit of six will shrink down to a daily dose of four.  So, when Ash and Matt jumped on a jet plane to go visit their GG in Ohio for a week - [...]

Date Night ~ Backdoor to the Ramparts and Beyond, July 2017 "Take my hand and lets run away together, just you and me." We'd been this way before but not in this particular way ~ when we first began to venture out alone. And so, it was new ~ even though it was not.  We change just as the wild does.  Every day.  There [...]

And Then Some ~ Packwood Lake, May 2017 "The more the merrier." It is a lovely thing to give a child the wild.  And this year as we headed back to Packwood over Memorial weekend we got a little crazy and let the kids bring some pals that had never tasted it quite like this.  We fitted each of the extras with [...]

Highs and Lows ~ 17 Years Copper Ridge Loop, August 2016 "This place was truly the highest and lowest of all worlds" ~Stephanie Meyer~ Every time we greet a new path I am giddy with anticipation.  I love the mystery of not knowing exactly what lies ahead of us.  We've traveled so far together, through so many things - I am no longer afraid of [...]

Sand-Packin’ ~ Strawberry Point, August 2016 "The ocean is everything I want to be, beautiful, mysterious, wild and free." I had been trying to talk Mikey into a trip to the coast for a while.  It's a trek for us to get there so it takes a little more time and planning and energy.  But, once we were there we [...]

MIA ~ Packwood Plus the Hendies and Minus Ash, June 2016 "We are a puzzle ~ each of us a crucial piece.  Only together are we truly complete" I can't remember where Ash was as much as I can remember she just wasn't with us.  But, no one recalls her absence on this annual adventure as much as Matti.  The great thing about hiking into [...]