8 Things I’m Excited to Do This Fall

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Happy fall, friends!

It’s no secret that autumn’s my favorite season. This time of the year is tailor-made for the wearing of your coziest sweaters, curling up in front of a roaring fire, and sipping on something hot (preferably hot chocolate or that seasonal standby the pumpkin spice latte). Throw in a few gray skies and a good book or craft project, and you have what I consider to be the plan for a perfect fall day. Continue reading “8 Things I’m Excited to Do This Fall”


For the Record: April 8, 2016


Ummm, spring is here? Wait–when did that happen? The time I spent away from posting has been well worth it–I’m in the final quarter of the certificate program I’m participating in, I finished a major work project and am already up to here in another, and–most importantly–I’ve been engaged in the very important work of decluttering my life. Every day, I’m getting closer to that goal. See what else is on my mind, for the record:
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Taking a Deep Breath at Little Si


A pair of boots on my feet, a pack on my back, and the intoxicating scent of nature in my nostrils: to me, that’s happiness in a nutshell. This weekend, my friend JP and I tackled one of North Bend, Washington’s most popular hiking trails: Little Si. Almost five miles out and back and rated at moderate effort by the Washington Trails Association, Little Si offered the perfect way to start the weekend, pouring rain and all. Continue reading “Taking a Deep Breath at Little Si”

7 Lessons from 7 Hikes: #HiketheSummer at the Halfway Point

Eunice Lake and Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier rises above Eunice Lake as seen from the Tolmie Peak Lookout Trail in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Thirteen hikes in 13 weeks is totally doable, right? After all, I live in a state known for mountains in every direction, with residents who are, by and large, dedicated to a passionate pursuit of the outdoors. For this erstwhile couch potato, however, a goal to hike at least once every week this summer was the start of a commitment to shaking off the shackles of a somewhat sedentary lifestyle and embracing contentment through fitness and communion with nature. #HiketheSummer was born. Continue reading “7 Lessons from 7 Hikes: #HiketheSummer at the Halfway Point”

Green is Good: Winter Hiking Olympic National Park

One of the most glorious things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the ample opportunity for winter hiking. The climate here from December through March can be chilly, but most days are balmy and downright tolerable if you dress for it. Over the weekend, I had the sheer pleasure of heading west to Olympic National Park on a photo hike under the auspices of The Mountaineers. Continue reading “Green is Good: Winter Hiking Olympic National Park”