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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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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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Sequalitchew Creek Trail

You might need a pronunciation guide for this trail–Se-qual-it-chew. That, and a map to find DuPont. Then, too, if you can catch the rarest thing in western Washington these days–a sunny, 45 degree morning–like we did, this is the place you want to be. Because all that rain has to amount to something. Somewhere. And […]

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South for Tulips

Because the crowds tend to gravitate north in search of their tulips, we went south to find ours. To Mossyrock. The place that people ask you to say twice to be sure they heard you right. “Mossyrock?” Then they shake their heads. “Never heard of it.” Because…where’s Mossyrock? Well. Despite Mossyrock being right off Washington’s Highway 12, you […]

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Rocket Soccer 2014

These are my boys. The ones who grow me from 5:30 to 6:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Who lean in for side- hugs or leap from the ground for high-fives on Saturdays after the game before they high-tail it to the jungle gym with a cheese stick flapping in their hand. The ones who take five minutes […]

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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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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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