Category Archives: Hiking

Walking the Aurora Bridge, a new city park, and a great urban walk

Some weeks, it gets harder and harder to find a good hike for my weekly walking group. That’s especially true in the winter, when we do urban (urbane) walks. We try to find novelty, challenge, interesting scenery, and a good … Continue reading

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Deadhorse Canyon–Tell Yourself You’re in the Mountains

When the snow began to fall in the mountains and I grudgingly evolved from mountain hiker to city walker, I  tried to find a transitional hike for the Walkie-Talkies, my weekly hiking group, to make the switch to urban hiking … Continue reading

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Hiking Close to Home–U Village and Laurelhurst

The day before Thanksgiving. I was trying to think of a walk for my walking group that would be in-town, easy to follow, and as short or long as we each chose to make it, with several options for returning … Continue reading

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Glacial Erratics in Our Neighborhoods

Millions and thousands of years ago, a number of geologic events–volcanic eruptions and glaciers and floods–created the lands of Washington State as we know them today. We’re told that Puget Sound was carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, … 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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A Visit to a Sewage Treatment Plant

OK, I guess it’s not high on the list of very many people, and I admit I’ve never really thought a lot about what happens after I flush or run the garbage disposal, or  when the washing machine empties itself, … Continue reading

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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

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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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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

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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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