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Monthly Archive for August, 2014

This is the one. This hike. Where…if you’re into beauty with every step your tennis shoe takes, and if catching glimpses of a waterfall on the switchbacks motivates you to keep climbing the rocky stairs, then getting on the trail to Comet Falls in Mount Rainier National Park is where you want to be. On any day. […]

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The Night Riser

It is rarer now. But still he comes. In underwear worn loose like curtains around his thighs.  And with hands half bent in front of him that have memorized their way from his bottom bunk to my bed in the dark. Before his legs join his body beside me, I have already circled him in my arms. Already […]

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So. Um. We survived. The kids and I. Our single overnight in Mount Rainier National Park on Sunday at Cougar Rock Campground. We’d been back from Alder Lake long enough to drag the sleeping bags to the wash machine, grab dad around the waist and repack the cooler. The sun was hot. August hot. And without […]

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Urban Camping–Alder Lake

You know. You learn a lot about yourself when you camp. Something about limits. Like how tired…how little sleep…how much your back can hurt…how utterly useless the few bushes are between you and your neighbor…how many smoking sticks can be waved in the air before the words that come out are terse. And angry. And then […]

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Bench Lake–Mount Rainier

Maybe it’s a form of escapism. This packing the car and heading to Mt. Rainier. To find some peace. And maybe some quiet. Or maybe it’s just this constant itch to be outside. Where there’s more trees than people. And the air is sweeter. No matter. I just know that this is where I want to […]

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