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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 - [...]