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The Anatomy of Tiger Mountain

The Anatomy of Tiger Mountain

Early on Sunday, as I was working on my computer, I watched a squirrel who had just found the new bird feeder I put up a few weeks ago. I went out and readjusted the feeder so it would be a little difficult to reach for the squirrel, but not for the birds. And yet, this creature with his acrobatic stance was able to reach the food. Albeit, a stretched out, clinging to the tree stance, but never the less, […]

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The Accidental Pinch on Granite Peak

The Accidental Pinch on Granite Peak

When Bill and I first agreed to hike Mt. Rainer, it generated an image that was very much in the abstract. You can see this mountain either on 520 or crossing I90 bridge on a clear day, and yet the idea of “climbing” does not elicit any reality of the cold or physical exertion. Hiking Granite Mountain nudged me closer to Rainer’s truth of cold weather, snow, and windy gusts. At the trail head, a few took off without us […]

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Duct Tape Mt. Defiance

Duct Tape Mt. Defiance

On Sunday, November 9th Bill, Peter, Andrew, Matt, Karen, and I hiked 11 miles from 2000′ to 5500′. It was a gorgeous hike, as it reminded us of a place worthy of Hobbits and fairy tales with the misting clouds, never ending evergreens, and quietly reflecting lakes. We traversed through old aspens with long moss hanging from the sides. Then we passed by a loud waterfall. Next, after we crossed the tree line, we walked across a boulder field. From […]

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My First Blog (awwww)

My First Blog (awwww)

This blog is dedicated to my friend Heather, who was taken from us too soon by random chance. My heart is with the family and friends during this hard time. It’s taught me a lesson though: Make time for the important people in your life, love them, enjoy them, and do all those things in your life that you want to. Stop wondering “when” to get the time, and if you’re too old, too young, too whatever.This is a public […]

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