Last Call in the Chuckanuts

Last Call in the Chuckanuts

The plan was to take a long, relaxing last hike in the Chuckanut mountains the day before scheduled ankle surgery (Friday, 1/26).  I created a four-hour window in my Thursday to get out one more time before the usual post-op round of casts, crutches, and, eventually,...
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...
Atlanta Hiking!

Atlanta Hiking!

Merry Christmas! Or Happy Hanukkah, or however you choose to celebrate the holidays.  I hope the season finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying life! Including the outdoors, if that works for you this time of year. Short days and cold temperatures make it challenging...
Copper Ridge Loop — Final Day

Copper Ridge Loop — Final Day

Egg Lake to Hannegan Pass parking lot  (8.6 miles) — 9/14/17 Morning at Egg Lake was crisp and magnificent! Stiff breezes the night before blew out the few remaining clouds, and cool gusts still swirled around my campsite.  I put on all my layers, including down...
Copper Ridge Loop — Day 4

Copper Ridge Loop — Day 4

Indian Creek to Egg Lake  — 9/13/17, 12 miles, 4000 feet elevation gain. It took awhile for daylight to enter my deeply forested Indian Creek campsite. It was 6:30 before I emerged from my tent —  bankers hours for backpackers!  Over breakfast and coffee I...

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