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. [...]

Somewhere Over the Rainbow ~ ONF, High Divide and the Grands – August 2020

"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope." Maya Angelou https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/seven-lakes-basin https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/grand-valley https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/grand-ridge The trails have been pretty crazy these days. So, when it came time to plan for our big anniversary hike we decided to hop [...]

Finally ~ Navajo Pass and the Peaks to Which It Leads, July 2020

"Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are who you want to be." Navajo Pass The world is in a bit of disarray folks.  Perhaps it always has been this bad.  Maybe it just finally figured out how to get all of our attention at the same [...]

Yurt Going To Love This ~ Mount Tahoma Trails Snowshoe

"Our footprints always follow us on days when its been snowing. They always show us where we've been, but never where we are going." ~ Winnie the Pooh wta.org ~ yurtsnowshoe Just before the tranquil town of Ashford, WA, near a small Baptist Church and down a mild dirt road you'll find a snow-park that [...]

The Sweetest of Spots ~ Buck Creek Pass Loop (Clockwise), August 2019

”Dream in light years, challenge miles, walk step by step” ~ Shakespeare Buck Creek Pass Loop - Clockwise They say you are supposed to buy each other China once you make it to the 20 mile marker.  But, we chose to give each other something a little less traditional, less delicate , less fragile.  Something [...]

Oh God, It Looks Like Daniel ~ Peggy’s Pond, Mt.Daniel and Around to Hyas, August 2019

"It must be the clouds in my eyes." ~ Elton John Peggy's Pond , Mt. Daniel Peggy's Pond sounds modest but as she sits above the Deep-est of Lakes, surrounded by Craggy Rocks of Holy proportions - we found her to be a pocket full of treasures.  The theme of our summer has definitely been to [...]

This Wild Life ~ Dewey Lake, August 2019

"Promise to stay wild with me." ~ Victoria Erickson Dewey Lake, American Lake, Kachess Loop We have a tradition, of sorts, to meander into the wild at least once a year with our Hendies (Mike's younger sister and her fam). But, as with most things that involve our children, it's getting trickier and trickier to [...]

A Never Ending Serenade ~ Goat Rocks, August 2019

"You belong among the wildflowers, you belong somewhere you feel free." ~ Tom Petty Snowgrass Flats,Old Snowy, Goat Lake As you enter the Goat Rocks Wilderness there are signs warning of the crowds that cluster there.  People want to go where beauty bursts from the seams and this lovely little jaunt into the wild opens a [...]

In The Middle of Gnome Where ~ South Coast Wilderness Trail, July 2019

"The child in us is always there, you know, and its the best part of us, the winged part that travels farthest." ~ Elizabeth Goudge Until we started venturing off into the wild I only felt my inner child emerge on rare occasions.  And when she did spill forth I hardly recognized her.  But, each [...]

The Longs Way Home ~ Longs Pass Lake Ingalls Loop, June 2019

"Sometimes you have to travel a long way to find what is near."  Paulo Coelho Longs Pass, Lake Ingalls      A few weeks ago we ventured into the Teanaway Wild and kind of fell in love with it.  The snow melts a little sooner in its rocky rustic terrain and the sun often shines a [...]