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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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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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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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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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It’s that rut we carve for ourselves. Driving the same road, to the same park entrance, to hike the same trails, to see the same views. Which, when it comes to Mount Rainier, ain’t all that bad. It’s like parting our hair on the same side. Today. And forever. Until we don’t. Until through a friend’s inspiration, we find ourselves […]

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It’s the getting there that’ll rattle the teeth right out of your head. Fifteen miles of dust-eating behind a weekend’s worth of cars bouncing at ten mph on a wash-boarded gravel road gouged with pot holes. For the sake of a moment in nature. With everyone else. It’ll seem ridiculous. Because it is ridiculous. Until two hours into […]

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The View from High Hut

A year ago. And some. We slodged up to High Hut.  Kids clomped alongside us in snow boots the first mile, zig-zagging from water trickle here to the top of a snow pile there. Until it was all snow. And the road…all up. And there were still three miles to trudge. Trudge or drag. And we […]

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Silver Falls 2013

In retrospect, it may have been wiser to have sat in the shade somewhere and sucked on ice chips. Or tossed ourselves in the lake. Or opened the freezer door at a mini mart and stared at the ice cream. For an hour. But. It’s hard to know what ‘wiser’ is when the ability to […]

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Peace in the Saddle

There is something about throwing on a pair of tennis shoes and hefting your weight up Saddle Rock. It just never gets old. I mean, our knees and hips…those things are audibly creaking. But the beauty… God’s beauty. It’s worth every shin splint. Back when I wore a black Timex even to church, that year after […]

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The Waimea Canyon, Kauai

On Sunday, the 10th, her ninth birthday, we twisted the crepe paper we’d crammed into our carry-ons to help celebrate and stuck it to the ceiling. While she brushed her teeth, we snickered in the dark at how surprised she might be when she walked back in on a bunch of streamers. Only streamers turned […]

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