Digging Deep ~ White Pass to the Golden Goat Rocks and a Little Shimmy Through the Land of the Losts

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/shoe-lake, https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/old-snowy-mountain-elk-pass, https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/coyote-trail-79, https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/clear-lost-trail-to-lost-lake-lookout Once you’ve wandered through the mountains, over long and laborious miles, climbing and descending time and again - you will never see vibrant vistas and far off peaks the same.  You'll [...]

He Walks With Me ~ Goat Rocks, Snowgrass Flats, Old Snowy, Goat lk, Jordan Basin Loop, August 2013

http://www.wta.org/go-outside/seasonal-hikes/hikes-of-the-week/snowgrass-flats-goat-ridge-loop "As soon as I saw you I knew an adventure was going to happen." ~ Winnie the Pooh In life he leads.  He always has.  From the moment we first met.  And I like it that way.  When I dreamt of him, before I knew he was him, I dreamt of a man who [...]

Wild & Free ~ Hyas and Tuck, July 2013

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hyas-lake http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/robin-lakes "All good things are wild and free." ~ Henry David Thoreau Every once in a while I think it's good to ditch tradition and do something different.  So, this year on the 4th of July we bypassed the hot-dogs and the rockets red blare as thousands of dollars burst in the air, grabbed [...]

A Heroic Tale – Packwood Lake, June 2013

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake "Dads are most ordinary men, turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers and singers of songs." ~ Pam Brown Well, I wouldn't call him ordinary.   But, it was love that turned the wild and wily boy I knew when we were kids into the man he is today. A man who traded in his [...]

Spring Fling – Ancient Lakes, May 2013

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ancient-lakes http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/dusty-lake "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~ One of the greatest gifts Washington bestows on its inhabitants is its seasons.  Just as we tire of one, the next comes to greet us with a whole new world of wonder. Winters here in [...]

Oh Darling – Cathedral Rock Deception Pass Loop, August 2012

https://www.mountaineers.org/explore/routes-places/pacific-crest-trail-routes/cathedral-rock-deception-pass-tuck-robin-lakes "Oh, darling - let's be adventurers." After two wild adventures with the kiddos, it was really wonderful to step back onto a dirt path, just the two of us, again. Becoming a mother was and is a dream to me.  It is a privilege and an honor.  And although it comes with heartaches and [...]

Take two! – Pete Lake, July 2012

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pete-lake "The world is full of magic things, waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ~ WB Yeats We do not walk back into the forest because we think it will be easier on us.  We return again and again because there is something wild in us all.  And it calls to us. When we [...]

Missing Home – Marmot Pass Loop, August 2011

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/marmot-pass-upper-big-quilcene http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/tubal-cain-mine-and-buckhorn-lake "Lets find some beautiful place to get lost." ~ Unknown After our little Lk Margaret adventure the year before, our anniversary became an awesome excuse to traipse off into the wilderness at least once every summer.  The change of pace became something I longed for.  The mental game, one I knew I could  [...]

Finding Our Way – Lk Margaret, August 2010

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/margaret-lake This path we choose to walk down together, it is not always easy.  But I am certain, that if we just keep putting one foot in front of the other we'll find our way and breathtaking beauties will greet us around every bend. The first time I slept in the woods, it was with [...]