Category Archives: Camping and Hiking Tips

Grandparents Weekend

On Fridays, our five-year-old Byron attends Wilderness Adventure School somewhere beyond Duvall. Last week, Don and I were invited to their Grandparents’ Day. In order to get to school at ten on Friday morning, we left our home in Seattle … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Equipment, Camping and Hiking Tips, Family, Food, Hiking, Uncategorized, Wilderness Adventure School | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beware the Slippery Slope

When I went on the board of trustees of ACT Theatre, I knew there might be a conflict between monthly board meetings on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and my Wednesday Walkie-Talkie hiking group, but I had no idea of how … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Equipment, Camping and Hiking Tips, Health, Hiking, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Goldie’s Birthday Party at Schilling Cider House

This year I was lucky enough to have my birthday fall on a Wednesday, my hiking day, so I could celebrate with a big group of hiking friends. Mike Cory planned a hike beginning at his house that took us … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Tips, Food, Hiking, On Aging, Seattle, Uncategorized, Urban Hiking | Leave a comment

Lake 22, Again

Lake 22 had been a family favorite for many, many years. This is the hike that the whole family loved, where we took out of town company and which we recommended to newbies looking for a starter hike. In the … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Tips, Hiking, On Aging | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Movie “172 Hours,” the Furnace in Arches National Park, and Me

What do you think when you see this picture of Don and me? That we are enjoying a moment of  quiet repose, soaking in the scenery of Arches National Park and breathing in the dry desert air? We are standing … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Equipment, Camping and Hiking Tips, Health, Hiking, National Parks, On Aging, Travel | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

The Elwha Dams and the Snoqualmie Tunnel: Checking Off My List

I don’t like to call it a “bucket list”–I don’t want to think about “kicking the bucket.” My list, which grows almost faster than I can check off accomplishments, is just a list of things to do, places to go, … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Tips, Hiking, National Parks, Seattle, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Safety in Camp

I read two terrible news stories recently, of children drowning while their families were camping. In one, a child wandered away while his mother was cooking at their campsite. In the other, two children woke up early in the morning … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Camping and Hiking Equipment, Camping and Hiking Tips, Camping With Kids, Family, RV Camping, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Looking for a hiking group? Start your own.

My hiking group has been hiking together for more than 15 years. During that time, of course, many people have come and gone, but the original two are still part of the gang–my husband Don and me. In the picture, … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Equipment, Camping and Hiking Tips, Hiking, On Aging, Urban Hiking, Winter Camping and Hiking | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Removing the Elwha River Dams, Olympic National Park

(The article that follows appeared in the March-April, 2011,  issue of Washington Trails, a publication of Washington Trails Association www.wta.org. I had such a good time researching and writing it, that I decided that it deserves a wider audience.) The … Continue reading

Posted in Camping and Hiking Tips, Hiking, National Parks, Travel | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Camping in RV Parks–Yes, Even in a Tent!

You don’t have to own a recreational vehicle to camp in an RV park. Many such parks have sites where you can put up your own tent, and some have cabins, yurts, or even RVs that you can rent for … Continue reading

Posted in Backpacking, Camping and Hiking Tips, Camping With Kids, Family, RV Camping, Travel | Tagged , , | 2 Comments