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New Year, Renewed Effort
Sunday, January 15, 2017      4 comments

I go back to work tomorrow 1.16.17, after a week off, and I am reviving my effort to lose some weight again. I meant to start on the first but just couldn't get going. Now I will! I want to lose at least 25 pounds this year. I am ready! ... Read more
Big Creek 11.15.13
Saturday, November 16, 2013      13 comments

Tom and I hiked at Big Creek in Olympic National Park Yesterday. We saw just one other person all day but saw thousands of mushrooms, lots of mossy trees and some pretty creeks. We got in about six miles and took over 600 photos. Here's some o... Read more
Crystal Peak 7.5.13
Saturday, July 06, 2013      12 comments

We loved Crystal Peak!!! The views of Mount Rainier are amazing! The flowers are beautiful! The hike is just the right challenge for us at almost 8 miles with a gain of 3100' to the top at 6595'. We hung out at the top enjoying the views... Read more
Three Year Hiking Streak - Mount Townsend 6.28.13
Saturday, June 29, 2013      12 comments

Our hike to Mount Townsend completed 3 years of hiking at least once a week. It all started with us deciding we should go see Mount St Helens. A real hike, not just a local trail that I managed to drag Tom along on occasionally. We had a... Read more
Kelly Butte and Colquhoun Peak 6.22.13
Sunday, June 23, 2013      9 comments

I love the Kelly Butte trail for it's steep climb, cool rocks that make great photo ops, great flowers, the view from the top and the lack of people. Colquhoun Peak is nearby and I couldn't resist bagging it. We got in about 5 miles and just ha... Read more
Mount Rose Summit
Sunday, June 23, 2013      6 comments

I've been hiking every week but have not been doing much with Sparkpeople. It seems that life got busy. It's that time of year, I want to be outside! Last Friday we went back to Mount Rose and made it all the way to the top. It was cloudy a... Read more
Mount Rose 4.19.13
Saturday, April 20, 2013      12 comments

We hiked at Mount Rose in the Olympics, for the first time, today. The first 1.8 miles to the JCT at Horsecamp the trail is in great shape and easy to follow though steep. After that it gets STEEPer and snow makes it hard to follow the trai... Read more
Little Ranger Peak 4.12.13
Friday, April 12, 2013      6 comments

Today we hiked up to Little Ranger Peak. The trail is in great shape except one big tree that blocks the trail in two places but it isn't hard to get over. The hike is 6 miles through mossy green forest. We had some early sun breaks and the rai... Read more
Greenwater 4.7.13
Sunday, April 07, 2013      6 comments

It was such a rainy day that we didn't want to go hiking but we didn't want to sit home either so we went for a drive up on the forest road 70 near Greenwater. We went all the way to the SnoPark then went down to the Greenwater Lakes Trailhead. ... Read more
Mazama Ridge at Mount Rainier 3.29.13
Sunday, March 31, 2013      10 comments

Friday we grabbed the snowshoes and headed to Paradise to finally do Mazama Ridge. The route starts out on a road that they don't plow in the winter then goes steeply UP. We were able to follow some tracks and found our way up to the "secre... Read more
Hurricane Ridge 3.8.13
Saturday, March 09, 2013      6 comments

Finally, after weeks of waiting for good weather, we headed up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Once we got above the clouds it was a beautiful sunny day with some interesting clouds that blocked some views but didn't bother us. ... Read more
Staircase Rapids and Orangegate Property
Sunday, March 03, 2013      8 comments

Friday we drove up to the Olympic National Park and hiked the Staircase Rapids Trail. It took us 3 hours due to a snowy side trip=) www.facebook.com/media/s
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Swan Creek 2.22.13
Friday, February 22, 2013      12 comments

The weather here is wet and windy and there is a storm going on in the mountains so we decided to hike locally today. Swan Creek Park here in Tacoma has many miles of trails including a few hills. We explored a new section today and were happy... Read more
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge 2.15.13
Friday, February 15, 2013      11 comments

We had another beautiful spring like day here! We spent the day walking all over the Nisqually Wildlife Refuse. We walked 5-6 miles. There is a neat mile long raised boardwalk that goes out over the water. We saw baby great horned owls, bald ea... Read more
Ocean Shores - Snowy Owls 2.1.13
Saturday, February 02, 2013      8 comments

We headed to Damon Point at Ocean Shores in search of the snowy owls that winter there. We saw lots of owls and lots of owl photographers. And we discovered a beach that would be fun to visit again in the summer. After a little picnic in the ca... Read more

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