Category Archives: Camping and Hiking Equipment

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

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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

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De-Cluttering, 101 (First Post)

After forty-one years of living in our house, we have forty-one years of stuff to get rid of. It was not clear where we should begin, but Don said we should start in the “hobby room,” a room we intended (in … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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A Camping Gift for Kids

If your child loves hiking and camping, or if he/she isn’t sure about hiking and camping, or if he/she has never ever hiked or camped at all, here is a great idea to get the whole family primed for hiking … Continue reading

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Camping in Montana

So after enduring heat, rain, lightning and thunder, cold meals and no coffee, you might think I wouldn’t want to camp any more this summer. Well, you’re wrong. We packed our wet tents and left North Dakota. The sun was … Continue reading

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Camping in North Dakota Last Summer

I’ve made a list of those states among the fifty United States that I have never visited, and in the rest of my life I’m going to try to visit them all. Alaska and Rhode Island have lots of appeal, … Continue reading

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Our Annual Three Generational Camping Trip, Jesse M. Honeyman State Park

I can’t remember how many times we have camped at our favorite camp, Jesse M. Honeyman State Park in Oregon. Sitting around the campfire this year, we tried to remember our history in the park. I know we stopped by … Continue reading

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