A Heroic Tale – Packwood Lake, June 2013

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake "Dads are most ordinary men, turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers and singers of songs." ~ Pam Brown Well, I wouldn't call him ordinary.   But, it was love that turned the wild and wily boy I knew when we were kids into the man he is today. A man who traded in his [...]

Spring Fling – Ancient Lakes, May 2013

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ancient-lakes http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dusty-lake "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~ One of the greatest gifts Washington bestows on its inhabitants is its seasons.  Just as we tire of one, the next comes to greet us with a whole new world of wonder. Winters here in [...]

Oh Darling – Cathedral Rock Deception Pass Loop, August 2012

https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places/pacific-crest-trail-routes/cathedral-rock-deception-pass-tuck-robin-lakes "Oh, darling - let's be adventurers." After two wild adventures with the kiddos, it was really wonderful to step back onto a dirt path, just the two of us, again. Becoming a mother was and is a dream to me.  It is a privilege and an honor.  And although it comes with heartaches and [...]

Take two! – Pete Lake, July 2012

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pete-lake "The world is full of magic things, waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ~ WB Yeats We do not walk back into the forest because we think it will be easier on us.  We return again and again because there is something wild in us all.  And it calls to us. When we [...]

Kids Gone Wild – Hyas Lake, June 2012

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hyas-lake "Let the wild rumpus start." ~ Maurice Sendak In my heart of hearts, all I really want is for my kids to grow up to be strong and resilient, full of love and compassion and kindnesses.  And to seek adventures - of the purest kind. The thing is, character doesn't come easy.  Its a [...]

Missing Home – Marmot Pass Loop, August 2011

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/marmot-pass-upper-big-quilcene http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/tubal-cain-mine-and-buckhorn-lake "Lets find some beautiful place to get lost." ~ Unknown After our little Lk Margaret adventure the year before, our anniversary became an awesome excuse to traipse off into the wilderness at least once every summer.  The change of pace became something I longed for.  The mental game, one I knew I could  [...]

Finding Our Way – Lk Margaret, August 2010

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/margaret-lake This path we choose to walk down together, it is not always easy.  But I am certain, that if we just keep putting one foot in front of the other we'll find our way and breathtaking beauties will greet us around every bend. The first time I slept in the woods, it was with [...]