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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dreamscapes ~ Spider Meadow, Phelps Basin, Spider Gap and Beyond, September 2017

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/spider-gap-1 "Hiking is a bit like life. The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other... again and again and again.  And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the [...]

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 - [...]