Ancient Trees and Snakes

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The PNW heat wave was back. Again. Faced with that, we left on Friday morning in hopes of it being at least a few degrees cooler in the mountains. We hadn’t been to Ohanapecosh in I think two years, so we decided to stop before it got busy. The trailhead for Grove of the Patriarchs […]

Foraging on Rail to Trails

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A person on a local Facebook group had asked about fruit tree ID on a section of a local rail to trail, so I figured…why not go see! Got us out of the house and a hike all in one. We set off from Maple Valley (here in Washington) on the Cedar River Trail, towards […]

Night Skies at Rainier

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When you are looking for a new experience, go up high – as the sun sets. Kirk and I had talked about this for years, that we’d go do it. It was so hot down low (as non-typical summer continues on….) and we left town at 7:30 pm in 90+ temps. We made it to […]

Local Wanderings: Mud Mountain Dam

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Oddly enough it only took me 13 or so years of living here to visit Mud Mountain Dam. Why I hadn’t been before, I don’t know. It was a great stop on our way up Hwy 410, to Mount Rainier. For one, I had no idea that the dam had been put into control floods […]

Shadow Lake Loop Trail

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I’ve spent a lot of trail miles the past few years hiking and re-hiking a few certain trails, that I know well, are kid-friendly and please my senses. Shadow Lake Loop Trail at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park is one of those. It is easy on the eyes, to say the least. I know […]

Wildflowers Framing Mount Rainier

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I wasn’t planning on being here, originally Kirk and I loaded up the van and went up to the mountains and around Eastern Washington to explore new places. It was too hot to get out much – heck it is still too hot here in Western Washington. When we topped out at 106* near Naches, […]