Hiking

Third (Eye) Beach La Push

                                                                              Always be sure to consult tide tables, wind and wave forecast. Never turn your back on the surf. Be careful of large sets and rogue waves which can be 250% higher than the norm. Beach walks which round points not recommended in winter. If the water from the beach slowly drains out to sea for a period of several minutes, a tsunami is imminent, quickly seek high ground (e.g. at least 100 feet elevation if possible).                     Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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Quinault Forest Bathing 1.4.19

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)MoreClick to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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I Bow Down to Your Beauty and Wisdom Mother Earth

After attending a racial diversity conference on Thursday against the backdrop of two weeks of Senate confirmation hearings, during which the full scale ugliness of patriarchy was on display, I felt a call from the wilderness to go to a place of silence, to look within, and resolve any internal conflict and separation from life.  In order to serve others, sometimes we need to focus on our own self-care. We left the Denny Creek trailhead at 730am and hiked up towards Melakwa Lake amidst the colors of autumn.                                     Upload Files   Share this:Click to email this to...

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Sol Duc

  Any wilderness journey is a story of contrasts – low and high, water, rock and snow, challenges and rewards. With a sense of deep reverence for the great circle of life, the elemental forces flowing into each other, we began our journey with a trip to the seashore. An eagle drifted over head as we departed the beach for the Sol Duc trail-head, the first of many auspicious signs.                                                   Thank you little frog for being here. I know not what your day looks like, where you get your food, where your family is, what your home looks like – a...

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A Little Beauty to Brighten Your World – Baldy

At times, it can seem like these are dark times for those noble spirits endeavoring to work for peace and justice against the forces of greed, intolerance, ignorance and hate. It’s important to fill your cup on a regular basis, and drink from the fountain of life. In that spirit, I offer you these images from a July 1 hike up Baldy Mountain in the traditional Twana territory of the Coast Salish tribes. Yes – this is a steep trail, gaining 4500 feet from the Dungeness River trailhead to the top of Baldy (elevation 6800 feet). For the truly energized alpinist, another hour or two...

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Respect the Earth: Don’t Cut Switchbacks!

The wooded trails of Mount Si are among the most heavily used in the entire state. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a treasure in the backyard of Seattle. I’ve climbed the old trail up Mount Si probably 40 times. Towards the top of the trail before it intersects with the standard route at the ridge line, there is a gentle switchback that has had an ugly cut through for as long as I can remember. Professional trail crews build switchbacks on trails for a couple of reasons. They help moderate the grade of the trail and make it more pleasant to climb. They are generally safer....

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