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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kids Gone Wild – Hyas Lake, June 2012

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hyas-lake "Let the wild rumpus start." ~ Maurice Sendak In my heart of hearts, all I really want is for my kids to grow up to be strong and resilient, full of love and compassion and kindnesses.  And to seek adventures - of the purest kind. The thing is, character doesn't come easy.  Its a [...]