In Search of the Very

Just searching for the good stuff .

Autumn at Mount Rainier hasn’t really materialized. I chased the sun this morning to Reflection Lake and then headed up to Pinnacle Peak saddle and attempted Plummer Peak. Needed my microspikes halfway up the trail (a challenging place to put them on …)  Saw a…

Still Chasing Fall



A look back to a time frozen in memory. This day marks the beginning of a season of loss. I have so many wonderful memories tucked away and I will hold space for them all as the sad anniversaries come up in the coming days…

Throwback Thursday

A whirlwind day of magnificent uncertainty. I love surprises ! And today was a lovely one. As a hiker I’ve learned the creed : Always Be Prepared (and you thought it was a Boy Scout thing …) Today I came prepared and so it was…

Summer into … Winter ?

“I imagine what it must be like to stay hidden, disappear in the dusky nothing and stay still in the night. It’s not sadness, though it may sound like it. I’m thinking about people and trees and how I wish I could be silent more,…

More Cool White Pine



Spray Park at Mount Rainier. I haven’t been to this side of the mountain all year and it feels like I’m running out of time. This is one of my favorite hikes and with fall descending, it is high on my list before the access…

Flashback Friday

With rain in the forecast and a fitful night of sleep I probably should have stayed in bed. I reach over and touch my phone to see the time, just as the train whistle is sounding down in the Auburn valley. 3:31 am. That’s a…

The Real Patriarchy



As I begin the long, tedious process of clearing space in our house, I find myself lingering in memory. So many things saved as reminders. Touchstones to a place and/or time in the past. That’s really why we end up with so much “stuff” isn’t…

Clearing Space



Before there was the P.O. there was the business of cooking. I could write volumes on both experiences (and I probably will) but this morning as I packed that Express Mail envelope containing my retirement papers, I drew a long relieved breath in and then…

Soup and Supper



A day in pictures. This was my first visit to the mountain with Pearl. We are going to have such a wonderful time together ♡ It was clear and gorgeous at civil twilight and over the next 60 minutes, light shifted and danced and the…

Magical Mystery Tour



Every single time I make this drive I am in awe. This morning it was the moon on the big stage. The crescent hung bright against the full outline of the dark moon behind it. Stunning. I don’t have a camera to capture it. You’ll…

What The Light Teaches