Lux Laboring ~ Labor Day Weekend in the Goat Rocks, September 2021

"Speak to the earth and it will teach you." Job 12:8 https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/snowgrass https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/old-snowy-mountain-elk-pass Usually, my favorite thing to do over Labor Day Weekend is to stay home. Car camping has lost its lure with me and the few times we've ventured down a dirt path over a holiday weekend it was a mad house. But, [...]

Into The Valley ~ Enchanted Valley Anniversary Trip, August 2021

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God."  It has never been hard for me to follow Mike's lead in life. To go where he goes. To stay where he stays. I really would follow him anywhere. And his people were [...]

Rainy Daze ~ Dewy Lake and Sheep Lake

"The best thing you can do when its raining, is let it rain." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow When we have an adventure planned and the forecast attempts to foray its way into our fun I often spend days fretting about it. Should we go? Should we not? If we go, how likely is it that [...]

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 [...]