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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

An Enchanting Adventure ~ The Enchantments, October 2015

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchantment-lakes "You can conquer a trail or you can savor it.  But, it's hard to do both at the same time." When Mikey and I set out on an a trail, on our own, there is always an urgency about our pace.  We love the journey but we are always so anxious for the destination [...]

Missing Pieces ~ Pete Lake with a Side of Waptus May 2015

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pete-lake "The grand adventure was never quite as grand when a piece of us was missing." It is always our goal to get out into the wild before the end of May.  But, it is not always easy finding a hike where the snow has melted and the rain has agreed to let us be.  [...]

Packin’ It In ~ Packwood Lake August 2014

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/packwood-lake "Fill your life with adventures, not things." ~ Unknown Sometimes in life, the most repetitious things become a monotonous drag.  The commute.  The laundry. The bills. The dinners and the dishes. Waking, working, sleeping.  Repeat, repeat, repeat.  But, there is nothing tedious about returning - time and time again - to a place of [...]

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  [...]