If I'm being honest, living in the West turned me into a bit of a trail snob.
In 2020, I'm making it a priority to reclaim my time.
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.
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 …
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.
Together with my friend K, we've spent every weekend weekend on a trail. We've gotten lost on the De Leo Wall Trail, sauntered easily along Discovery Park's North Beach Trail, huffed and puffed up Little Si, encountered biting flies at Anti-Aircraft Peak, faced our fears on Mount Zion, questioned reality on Denny Creek Trail, and stood in the shadow of a sleeping giant at Tolmie Peak. We're just getting started.
One of the most glorious things about living in the Pacific Northwest are the ample opportunities 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.