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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New Year Kicks – Mt Tahoma Trails Brunis Snowbowl ~ January 2019

Snowflakes, are like the butterflies of winter - each a unique marvel all its own, lighting upon the earth with a magic so grand we all transform into children again. https://skimtta.org/ For years I have been waiting out the long winters to once again breathe the wild air of mountain adventures.  In many places in [...]

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." https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/toleak-point 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 [...]

Back At It ~ Packwood, July 2018

"We didn't know we were making memories.  We just knew we were having fun." ~Winnie the Pooh~ https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake 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 [...]

Strawberry Sunsets ~ South Olympic Coast-Strawberry Point, August 2017

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

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 - [...]

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 [...]