Blog 2017

Bailey Range 2017 – The Journey Home

“Wilderness is a state of mind”, as the saying goes. Nonetheless, there are places left on this planet where vast tracts of relatively untouched forests and mountains exist, and solitude is found in abundance. The Bailey Range in Olympic National Park is one such sanctuary of pristine beauty. The paths are often faint or non-existent, and require imagination combined with in-the-moment focus to follow. Spectacular vistas of endless peaks, ridges, distant oceans, and alpine meadows carpeted with flowers will fill you with awe and melt your heart open. But the treachery of fickle...

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Acupuncture Works

I am often asked a flood of questions about acupuncture? How does it work? Do I do it on myself? What does this point do? When I feel a heavy sensation in my foot during the treatment, what does that mean? And so on. Sometimes I am at a loss to answer many of these questions because to be honest, I don’t know how acupuncture works. My head is chock full of theories that I was taught in school about how it works, but reality never quite completely conforms to our conceptual interpretations of life. And I don’t think it ever will. So I often say something like, “After twenty...

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Kaleetan Peak II

After doing this hike less than two weeks ago, it’s uncommon beauty beckoned me to return with a friend. This hike isn’t for everyone. The trail to Melakwa Lake is where most people turn back, but if you are comfortable scrambling off trail in steep, varied terrain (rock, snow, bush), and love walking through high airy places watching the mist burn off from above early on a summer morning, then this may be for you.  Check the WTA.org website, and of course, know your own limitations and skill level. Have the ten essentials?     Share this:Click to email this to a friend...

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Olallie Lake, Pratt Lake, Lower Tuscohatchie, Melakwa, Denny Creek Loop Hike

We arrived at the Denny Creek trailhead just before 6:00 a.m. and unloaded two bicycles. Though I meant to lock them to a tree, I closed the U-lock without actually looping both ends of the cable into the lock bar. Oops! We drove down to Pratt Lake trailhead, a few miles downriver, and were on the trail by 6:11 a.m. Note that both these trailheads require a Northwest Forest Pass (or a day use fee deposited in the payment box) and it won’t save you from a ticket unless you actually display it, unlike me who absentmindedly left my annual pass in the glove box. Fortunately, the ranger...

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Kaleetan Peak

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Granite Mountain June 25, 2017

I go to the mountains to remind myself of the beauty that is already within me. Saturday evening – I set my alarm for 4:00 a.m. I wake at 3:30 p.m. to answer the call of nature. Close enough. The light in the eastern sky calls me, and the promise of ascending in silence through tall firs. (Click on the photos for full screen view). I reach the trailhead at 4:45 a.m. and begin hiking, drawing energy from the forest through the soles of my feet with every step. When I reach the snow, I opt to stay on the angular granite boulders. Although each step holds a measure of treachery, it...

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