Rosy’s Backpack

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Mary Oliver in Wild Geese A few years before I retired I added a pop-up camperContinue reading “Rosy’s Backpack”

Getting the Grace

Give me the courage to stand the pain to get the grace. Flannery O’Connor Fellow hikers who read my blog know how much the trail toughens us up for life. Almost every hiker has had that experience, sometimes at the end of a long day of hiking. Out of water perhaps, hot and tired, andContinue reading “Getting the Grace”

Things Best Known

Will you seek afar off? You surely come back at last, In things best known to you finding the best, or as good as the best. The folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest; Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, but this place–not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman William AtkinsContinue reading “Things Best Known”

A Sheltered Life

I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. Eudora Welty Each week when I start work on a new post, I select the topic and then search for a quote I think will enhance whatever itContinue reading “A Sheltered Life”

Becoming Wilderness

Someone, somewhere will say, “Don’t do it. You don’t have what it takes to survive in the wilderness.” This is when you reach deep into your wild heart and remind yourself, “I am the wilderness.” Brene Brown The summer after I graduated from high school I hiked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier with myContinue reading “Becoming Wilderness”

Dreaming of Solitude

Those who dwell. . .among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Rachel Carson I have a recurrent dream. I think of it as a nightmare because the ending is always upsetting to me, but in fact there are no monsters and no chases from which I cannotContinue reading “Dreaming of Solitude”

Touched by the Wild

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. Phillip K. Dick My good friend Jan, with whom I have been hiking since I was a young woman, encouraged me to share this story with my readers, a story I had told her many years ago. I hesitated. “Nobody would believeContinue reading “Touched by the Wild”


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