Finally ~ Navajo Pass and the Peaks to Which It Leads, July 2020

"Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself of who you are who you want to be." Navajo Pass The world is in a bit of disarray folks.  Perhaps it always has been this bad.  Maybe it just finally figured out how to get all of our attention at the same [...]

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 [...]

A Never Ending Serenade ~ Goat Rocks, August 2019

"You belong among the wildflowers, you belong somewhere you feel free." ~ Tom Petty Snowgrass Flats,Old Snowy, Goat Lake As you enter the Goat Rocks Wilderness there are signs warning of the crowds that cluster there.  People want to go where beauty bursts from the seams and this lovely little jaunt into the wild opens a [...]

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 - [...]

Date Night ~ Backdoor to the Ramparts and Beyond, July 2017

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rampart-ridge-1 https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-laura-backdoor "Take my hand and lets run away together, just you and me." We'd been this way before but not in this particular way ~ when we first began to venture out alone. And so, it was new ~ even though it was not.  We change just as the wild does.  Every day.  There [...]

And Then Some ~ Packwood Lake, May 2017

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake "The more the merrier." It is a lovely thing to give a child the wild.  And this year as we headed back to Packwood over Memorial weekend we got a little crazy and let the kids bring some pals that had never tasted it quite like this.  We fitted each of the extras with [...]

Highs and Lows ~ 17 Years Copper Ridge Loop, August 2016

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/copper-ridge-loop "This place was truly the highest and lowest of all worlds" ~Stephanie Meyer~ Every time we greet a new path I am giddy with anticipation.  I love the mystery of not knowing exactly what lies ahead of us.  We've traveled so far together, through so many things - I am no longer afraid of [...]