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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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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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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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