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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Back-glamping ~ Dusty Lake and Cave B, June 2019

" A forest is mystery but the desert is truth.  Life pared to the bone. " Keith Miller https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dusty-lake https://www.cavebinn.com/tendrilsrestaurant We've caught the backpacking bug and seem to be searching for any tiny little nook or cranny in the calendar of our lives to sneak in a little adventure.  The weekend didn't look too promising [...]

‘Back’ At It! ~ Navaho Pass and Peak, June 2019

"With beauty behind me, I walk.  With beauty beneath me, I walk. With beauty above me,  I walk. With beauty all around me I walk." ~ Navajo Prayer http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/navahopass We'd spent the spring taking long walks through town enjoying the beauty that sat before us but dreaming of dirt paths and the kind of beauty [...]

True Blue, Baby I /Love You ~ White Pass Pilot Ridge Loop, September 2018

"I'm not telling you its going to be easy.  I am telling you its worth it." https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/white-pass-pilot-ridge-loop This hike was about number three on my hopes and dreams for our anniversary trip this year.  But, once again, there were fires wreaking havoc on our forests which disqualified my top two trails.  A crazy busy summer [...]

UnJaded ~ Jade Lake, August 2018

"Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy." ~ Anne Frank https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/jade-lake I walked into this hike with a heavy heart.  The kind that settles down upon your chest with a suffocating weightiness.  If silence lingered in the air around me I'd fill it with conversations with myself, writing a melancholy memoir [...]