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, […]

Slowly on the PCT


Sometimes a quick hike is needed (and by quick I don’t mean fast, rather….a mostly unplanned/last-minute/let’s get in the van and go hike). So we did our morning appointments and chores, and then headed for the mountains for a few hours, making the trailhead actually before noon ūüėČ Monday was a cooler day, not as […]

A Winding Road to Windy Ridge


Kirk and I were thinking last week about places we had not visited it, and to get somewhere new to play in. We were talking about Loowit (Mt. St. Helens) and realized that while we had visited the “busy” side (the North/West side that is accessible¬†off¬†of I-5), neither of us had visited¬†the lonelier East side. […]

Snowless Hiking at Sheep Lake


Sunday morning was a hot one last weekend, so Dani and I started early. We had talked about other hikes in the area, but heat isn’t something either of us love much (and she has it even cooler, as she lives in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains). So we picked an easy hike, The […]

The Future For The FBC Cozy

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In the fall of 2007, when I finally finished the prototype of what would become the FBC Cozy, my life was a lot different. I had one child, who was in elementary school. I now have three children, 17, 5, and 3. I had a lot more time then. We cut, sewed and sold thousands […]