Grateful for life’s adventures

Day 177 of #LiveWell2017 Today I am grateful for the opportunities I have to travel, to experience new places and learn about people, cultures, wildlife, and ecosystems that are different from what I'm used to seeing and knowing. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”  ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas I'm off on an adventure for the next … Continue reading Grateful for life’s adventures

Become part of the silence

Day 167 of #LiveWell2017 Continuing with the gratitude theme this month, I want to be sure to share my gratitude for silence (and birds). This week we traveled to some remote wilderness areas. There, hiking among the high desert mountains, I was grateful for the complete absence of human sounds. In that silence, sitting in … Continue reading Become part of the silence

Thank goodness for roads

Day 166 of #LiveWell2017 Apologies for not posting for the past few days, but we were on the road, for which I am very grateful. For most people who know me, roads will seem like an odd thing for me to be thankful for. I have often felt that roads lead to environmental destruction. Roads … Continue reading Thank goodness for roads

Hello, sunshine…

Day 129 of #LiveWell2017 We've had a nice little streak of warm, sun-filled days lately, so we took advantage and hiked up to Mirror Lake today. The warm weather is beginning to melt the snow and ice on the lake, and Mt. Hood reflected brilliantly in the small pool of water. Sunshine is a marvelous … Continue reading Hello, sunshine…

Into the Darkness of the Ape Caves

  The entrance to the Ape Caves on the south side of Mt. St. Helens is surrounded by bright green  moss and ferns and feels welcoming enough. But, within a few feet of the entrance, just beyond the stairs that lead into the lava tubes, the darkness consumes you. Without a light, you cannot see … Continue reading Into the Darkness of the Ape Caves

Mt. Hood: In my face and under my feet

"Walking" is one of my favorite essays by Thoreau. In it he states: I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that -  sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all … Continue reading Mt. Hood: In my face and under my feet

Clackamas River Trail Delivers Spectacular Hike (video)

Seeking forest and river...a cool hike on a hot summer day. We set out to hike from Indian Henry Trailhead to Pup Creek Falls on the Clackamas River Trail early today. Just a little over an hour from Portland, we pulled into an empty parking lot and headed into the forest. We were not disappointed. … Continue reading Clackamas River Trail Delivers Spectacular Hike (video)