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Mountain Moments

When Things Go Wrong – On and Off the Trail

By On February 13, 2018

We stared at the “pond,” more like a puddle, with its dark green glow.  In this heat, that puddle was perfect breeding ground for algae and who knows what else.  We weren’t… Read More

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Mountain Moments

I Can’t Stay Angry in the Mountains

By On February 5, 2018

I can’t be angry in the mountains. There is just something magical that fills the deepest part of my being, as I take step after step, completely removed from everything behind me. … Read More

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Hiking and Backpacking

How to Spend More Time Outside

By On January 30, 2018

It’s not even worth the argument – it is healthier for you in every way to spend more time being active and being outside.  Don’t believe me?  Then go here, or here,… Read More

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Mountain Moments

Doing Things for the First Time After Loss

By On January 27, 2018

The snow crunched magically beneath my feet.  Mt Rainier towered over us, as we huffed and puffed and struggled our way higher and higher.  It felt like we should have summited the… Read More

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Picking Poppies

Picking Poppies – Episode 7 – 30 Days of Kindness

By On January 22, 2018

The 13-year-old boy laid in his hospital bed, staring miserably at the TV screen.  Blues Clues.  He hated Blues Clues.  He contemplated throwing the telephone at the TV screen.  It was day… Read More

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Picking Poppies

Picking Poppies – Episode 6 – A Violin Gram

By On December 22, 2017

  I hid in the bathroom stall, rereading the words on my screen.  I reread them again.  And again.  No way, I whispered under my breath.  I typed a response as quickly… Read More

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Mountain Moments

A Digestive Scramble

By On December 2, 2017

I could hear my stomach gurgling, and I clenched the necessary muscles with every ounce of my being.  My eyes darted across the bouldered hillside, frantically looking for a spot, any spot,… Read More

Picking Poppies

Picking Poppies – Episode 5 – Gratitude

By On November 22, 2017

Tis the season.   Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and it just felt right to have this post dedicated to gratitude. If this is your first time reading a Picking Poppies post, please check out… Read More

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120 Thank You’s

By On October 24, 2017

  What started out as a simple Facebook post grew into something bigger than I could ever have anticipated.  I am completely, utterly, 110% overwhelmed by the kindness and unreasonable generosity that… Read More

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Picking Poppies

Picking Poppies – Episode 4 – Courage

By On October 22, 2017

Welcome to Picking Poppies, Episode 4 – Courage. If you’ve never read a Picking Poppies post before, check it out here.  And if you’ve been following this series, you know that each… Read More