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
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
Spending two weeks near Paradise allowed me to explore a different side of the mountain. As is most often true, it really just helped add to my growing list of must-do hikes. My goal for the dwindling weeks of summer include Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground (a good friend did this last year, and I’ve been… Continue reading Pinnacle Peak Trail
Mineral School Class of 2018 I am home now after 14 days living, breathing and working in the smallest town I’ve ever spent time in. Mineral Washington is an unassuming (and unincorporated) community just off of State Route 7 in Lewis County. The population hovers around 200, although on opening day of fishing season,… Continue reading Beautiful Bones
I know that isn’t the official trail name. But there was this dance happening from early morning to early afternoon that defied any better description. Oh. My. God. Part of that “oh my god” was for the relentless UP UP UP of this trail. I don’t know that I really got the right impression from… Continue reading On The Trail of Shadows and Light
“Let me fall if I must fall. The one I will become will catch me.” —THE BAAL SHEM TOV I could be wrong. But I feel like I’m on the precipice. I keep dipping one foot over the ledge and marveling at the way my heart races. Summer always feels this way but this summer… Continue reading A New Season