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 [...]

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 [...]

Getting Lost in the Best Way ~ Backdoor Loop into the Goat Rocks, August 2015

"Not all those who wander are lost." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien I look forward to our annual 'anniversary' trips with eager anticipation.  Over the years the trail has become our place.  We connect there unlike any other place in our little world.  It is an adventure much like the one we vowed to throw ourselves into [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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  [...]