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It’s been five weeks since Labor Day weekend. Five weeks since my boy and I drove together on Highway 410, veered into Mount Rainier National Park at the White River entrance and rolled through the A-D loops at the White River Campground looking for the best spot to land our tent. We’d be surviving one […]

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It doesn’t always begin very pretty. The camping part. The pop-up tent doesn’t pop up in 60 seconds like it does for the lady on the video. Or in in twenty minutes. And when it’s still sagging in twenty-five and one kid is crying, sometimes you look at the thing and say, “good enough.” But […]

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This might be my favorite misleading sign. And you can find it at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s where the kids and I were. We’d headed to the Mount Freemont Lookout. The sign says that the Mt. Freemont Tr. is 1.3 miles away. Which is correct. The trail to the lookout begins from this […]

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Hair Like a Campfire

My boy who doesn’t want a haircut. Who’s said so all summer. Who doesn’t even want our fingers to pull his hair to its full height and then sweep it out of his eyes like he’s a school boy. From 1950. Who combs his locks with his fingernails back into place each time. Quickly, like […]

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It’s the outdoors. I need them. Which is why I’ve camped multiple times with the kids these last several summers even when Troy couldn’t come. I’ve lasted a night on a leaky air mattress with Silas and noted with crushed hips that only one of us was still off the ground by morning. I’ve packed coolers, […]

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The Hana Highway

There’s a price to seeing some of the greenest green in the state of Hawaii. It’s called 620 curves and 59 single-lane bridges on Maui’s highway 360 heading to Hana. It’s a road full of squiggles and cars reaching speeds of 10 mph. But driving it is worth it–even for the feint of stomach. Because nothing […]

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Braving the Piano Recital

This moment–eight minutes before the start of their piano recital–is the most serious I have seen Silas. Also the stillest. And maybe that’s because his stomach is all trembly about plunking those piano keys up there alone for all those folks in the pews. But he rises. And he sits. And he plays his In My Red […]

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Maui in the Rain

Since October, we’ve wondered if the sun might ever shine again in western Washington. Or the rain have mercy. And it’s happened. Just twice. Which means we’ve borne witness to the wettest winter on record. And the palest skin on anybody. Yay. So. It’d seem we’re checking out of this state ’cause we’re near to […]

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Almost Tulips

We hadn’t intentionally driven an hour to Mossyrock to buy another cactus to put in the kitchen window sill. Until we had. In fact, one of us happily parted with even more of his lawn mowing cash when he found succulents and lilies and things with pretty leaves that he couldn’t live without. The rest of […]

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Little Mashel Falls Trail

If you can make it to Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA, then you’re almost there. In fact, your GPS will say you are there. It’ll even say you’re at the trailhead. Which is where you want to be. Only you’ll look north, south, east, west and even under your car and realize that there is […]

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