Impossible Conditions

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible. Doris Lessing Everyone’s had a trip like this. If you haven’t been hiking for long and still believe that everyday on the trail is just another day in the sunshine, let me assure you they won’t all be like that. And I’mContinue reading “Impossible Conditions”

Taking the Plunge

A human being is born to dive deep into the stream of life. Srimad Bhagavatam I dragged my pack out from the back of my truck to a nearby picnic table, where I propped it on the bench, hoping it would be easier to put it on when I departed the trailhead. I had weighedContinue reading “Taking the Plunge”

Nameless Wildness

You are my nameless wildness. Marc Bolan A recent article in Backpacker magazine which purported to suggest what we should and should not worry about as hikers advised that we are thirty-three times more likely to be struck by lightening than to be attacked by a bear. I found this only minimally reassuring since unluckyContinue reading “Nameless Wildness”

Sheltering in Place

Walk close to me. I’ll shelter you. William Barnes I was eight years old when I went on my first backpacking trip with my family. We hiked just a short distance up the Skokomish River in Olympic National Park to a well named site called Camp Pleasant, about three to four miles from the trailheadContinue reading “Sheltering in Place”


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