Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin When I started this blog about a year-and-a-half ago I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would be posting weekly. I thought if I managed once a month I would be doing well. I was certain that I would run outContinue reading “Something Worth Writing”
Learn the alchemy human beings know the moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open. Welcome the difficulty as a familiar comrade. Rumi Before there were Ur Sacks and canisters there were still hungry bears in the woods, and the only option available to hikers who wanted to keep their foodContinue reading “The Evening’s Entertainment”
But ask now the beasts, And they shall teach thee, And the fouls of the air, And they shall teach thee; Or speak to the earth And it shall teach thee And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Job 12:7-8, KJV Most hikers who have spent any time at all on theContinue reading “The Grouse and I”
The door to the woods is the door to the temple. Mary Oliver Rumi The fourth of July weekend is here, and my usual quiet home is a little more lively than usual. I live on a hill above Curlew Lake, where Black Beach Resort welcomes guests at RV sites and cabins. It is notContinue reading “Party Time”
Age is simply the number of years the world has been enjoying you. Anonymous Author Unknown Most of my hiking this spring has been with friends, which is a wonderful way to spend time, a celebration of the mountains and the trail with people I care about. We had a cool spring here in theContinue reading “First Solo Hike of the Summer”
You’re walking. And you don’t always realize it But you’re always falling With each step, you fall forward slightly And then catch yourself from falling. Laurie Anderson in Walking and Falling Like most infants my twin daughters were about a year old when they started to walk. I remember those moments well, for they remainContinue reading “That Which We Have Walked”
There is not any advantage to be won from grim lamentation. Homer A recent article in a San Francisco newspaper bemoaned the end of thru hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail. Hundreds of aspirants still show up at the southern terminus in April with the intention of making the long trek to Canada by summer’sContinue reading “Advice for Chloe”
In the summer, the song sings itself. William Carlos Williams Now that Memorial Day weekend has passed, we are advised by marketers that summer has “officially” begun, and we should all be grilling burgers outdoors and eating potato salad. That is not a bad idea any time of year, but the whole “official” thing isContinue reading “A Prayer for Summer”
Chanting is no more holy than listening to the murmur of a stream, counting prayer beads no more sacred than simply breathing, religious robes no more spiritual than work clothes. Lao-Tzu On the morning after the school shooting I awoke early to get ready for a hike I had planned to attend with a groupContinue reading “A Bluebird on the Fence Post”
The world is always ending somewhere. It just depends on whether it falls in your line of vision or not. Akwaeka Emezi My twin daughters were three years old when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. I remember the day well, for my husband and I had taken them on a long bicycle ride nearContinue reading “When the Mountain Came a Tumbling Down”
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