The Trading Post

The Trading Post

Intense Frustration Starts the Day A couple weeks ago, I awoke early to finish a blog post before heading into work. Motivation turned to frustration when I discovered I’d lost hours of work from the previous day that I somehow failed to save. I came down hard...
Anniversary Hike to Mt. Si

Anniversary Hike to Mt. Si

Ten Years and Going Strong! Recently, I climbed Mt. Si to celebrate a 10th anniversary. Unfortunately it wasn’t mine, but my son Kyle and his girlfriend, Lauren’s. Several things were significant about the day and hike: The fact that Kyle and Lauren are...
Family Ski Day at Crystal Mountain

Family Ski Day at Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Location —  39 miles past Enumclaw, 47 miles from Mt. Ranier, “105 driving minutes” from Seattle, 4 hours from Bellingham. Skiable terrain — 4.06 miles Ski runs — 57 Elevation at top — 3912 feet Growing...
Celebration Run!

Celebration Run!

My beloved Dad died six years ago (12/27/11). For the first two anniversaries, my siblings, their families, my kids, and I gathered at the Lake Goodwin summer home to commemorate. We built a fire in the wood stove (Dad was premier fire builder), and sat awkwardly on...
The 177-Mile Bike Week

The 177-Mile Bike Week

It wasn’t a planned event. But by Sunday afternoon, I’d put in 177 road-bike miles over the course of three rides, possibly a record for me. I know some of you die-hard bikers may shrug and say “Ah, that’s nothing!” But for me, more of a...

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