It is no secret that our national parks, monuments, trails and other places of nature are being accessed at an increasing rate as many discover the beauty of these outdoor spaces, often to the detriment of the land they occupy. People who have been enjoying these spaces long before Instagram and Facebook are up in […]
The latest catch phrase is “Nature Bathing“. The term comes from Japan (always so in tune with the natural world) in the 1990’s and is now taking hold in America. Somehow we are now discovering that time spent in nature works like medicine to not only refresh our spirit but it actually improves your physical health […]
Not a lot of words needed for this trail story. My son agreed to go snowshoeing with me. We managed to find a day we could both go snowshoeing. We went snowshoeing. It didn’t rain and dump snow on us all day. We didn’t kill each other. My heart is full. The End. Edit: Okay, […]
I think February is one of the hardest months of the year, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Depression sets in from short days without sunlight and the holiday celebrations are over (No, Valentine’s Day doesn’t count. When has this supposed holiday EVER lived up to the hype or expectation?). Everyone is hopping three day weekend to three […]
Is nature your solace when the world makes you crazy? I know it sure is mine… For more of my weekend escape, head over to my trip report on Heybrook Lookout.
This was one of those days when I knew I would be hiking, most likely solo and I went to bed the night before not knowing where I would go but hoping inspiration would magically strike me before I drove away from home in the morning. I didn’t get out of the house as […]
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” ― Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam Hiking in Eastern Washington versus Western Washington offers a change in both humidity and plant life. It can also be a great way to lengthen summer by leaving the rain on the west side. This was […]
As I figured it would be, posting here on the blog will be spotty as I continue with my summer filled with hiking, family camping and other assorted outdoor activities. You can find more details about my latest 5 day PCT hike on this post HERE. This is a story that talks about […]
I had a nice hike with a new friend a few weeks ago on a new-to-me trail. Almost 7 hours of conversation getting to know an amazing young woman, what was important to her and where she thinks she might be headed in life (at least the first few steps, anyway). It was exciting to hear her talk. Her whole life lays […]
“The sun always shines above the clouds.” ― Paul F. Davis I took this ethereal picture close to our camp right before a thunderstorm rolled in and we went running for our tents. You can read more about that in my PCT journey HERE.