On Top of Old Smokey ~ The Goat Rocks, August 2017

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/snowgrass "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

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rampart-ridge-1 https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-laura-backdoor "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

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake "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

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/copper-ridge-loop "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

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/toleak-point "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

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake "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 [...]

Flash-Back ~ Hyas Lake, May 2016

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hyas-lake "The days are long, but the years are always short." Gretchen Rubin ~ Happiness Project As the years fly by it becomes harder and harder to gather my tribe together and convince them that piling packs onto their backs and trekking into a sea of evergreens down a dirt path is the best use [...]

An Enchanting Adventure ~ The Enchantments, October 2015

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchantment-lakes "You can conquer a trail or you can savor it.  But, it's hard to do both at the same time." When Mikey and I set out on an a trail, on our own, there is always an urgency about our pace.  We love the journey but we are always so anxious for the destination [...]

Getting Lost in the Best Way ~ Backdoor Loop into the Goat Rocks, August 2015

"Not all those who wander are lost." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien I look forward to our annual 'anniversary' trips with eager anticipation.  Over the years the trail has become our place.  We connect there unlike any other place in our little world.  It is an adventure much like the one we vowed to throw ourselves into [...]

Trail Names ~ Hoh(n) River with More Cousins, August 2015

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hoh-river "We each walk the trail in our special way, leaving an impression that is ours and ours alone. " I enjoy a long walk to a cool Alpine Lake or climbing to great heights for the views. So, the Hoh River has never really called to me.  But, it had been on Mikey's Bucket-List [...]