What a hard week. Sometimes taking a step back is really taking a step forward. Today was like a big leap ! Summerland is one of my favorite hikes and Laura is one of my favorite people. Kismet ! The forecast was pretty iffy for the day. Showers, clouds, rain … we didn’t care. The… Continue reading The Threads That Hold Us Together
The mountains are calling and I must go” – John Muir So much for good sleep. It’s been weeks. I’m in this pattern that I can’t shake. Go to bed tired, hit the pillow and my brain kicks in questioning every decision I’ve ever made. Not just big ones either. There is an endless supply… Continue reading Slowly at first, then all at once …
Our beautiful sunrise turned quickly into a smoky, hazy hike up to Skyscraper at Mount Rainier. Still not sure which fires contributed to that, but it made for some drama (and some fun) on the trail. It began to clear on our way back. Great day in the mountains.
A four day weekend is pretty rare in my world. The stars have to align “just so”. So when it happened THIS weekend, I vowed not to squander my good fortune. I wrote a friend yesterday about thinking I could do three hikes over these four days. Ha ! This morning I rolled over at… Continue reading And Then THIS Happened
It has been a challenging couple of weeks. Smoke, haze and outright unhealthy time outdoors. I almost passed on a hike today. I had to be up by 3:15 am and I haven’t been sleeping well at all. Last night I felt the cumulative effect of all of those factors. But it’s Mount Rainier. And… Continue reading I Can Breathe !!
Oh, and this is what it looked like last year And this was 2015 And this was 2010
Some mornings I’m just not feeling it. Maybe I had a terrible night of sleep. Maybe some body part is screaming for rest. Or maybe I’ve let the fear creep in. It usually does. And always before a long-ish solo hike. (And a lost hiker in the news makes it all the more daunting) But… Continue reading My Happy Place: Summerland