Just a wife and mother of four. I have a couple blogs: one is about wanting to hike the Appalachian Trail when I turn 50 (and my hikes leading up to it) and the other is my spiritual thoughts.

Getting Lucky on the PNT

I’ve broken the 200 mile mark! (Explanation here ) But that’s not the only thing that made this trip a lucky one. Many have called the High Divide/Seven Lakes Basin the “crown jewel” of the Olympics, so luck is certainly needed to get a backpacking permit anywhere along it’s 19 mile loop – especially on …

Getting Lucky on the PNT Read More »

My Top Ten

I keep saying “this is going on my top 10!” after some of the amazing hikes I’ve gotten the opportunity to do this year. And it got me thinking…what would be my actual top ten list? So for fun, I really tried to come up one, even though it’s pretty much impossible. Keep in mind, …

My Top Ten Read More »

Royal Basin F Bombs

Permit #4 is in the books. Since I’ve got my special “local pass,” I’ve done Bogachiel, Oil City to Third Beach, Enchanted Valley, and now Royal Basin – all in the Olympic National Park. Plus I have four more classic trips booked before the end of the season. (All for $45! Getting my money’s worth!) …

Royal Basin F Bombs Read More »

Sedona Bliss

Bliss is a word that came up when I searched for an antonym for suffering. Suffering is what a write about most often when I tell my hiking stories, because suffering is what adds interest.  But there is “suffering” (too many mosquito bites and such) and there is SUFFERING (losing a child, cancer, etc.) and …

Sedona Bliss Read More »


I have discovered the BEST backpacking treat ever, and I wish I could patent and market it somehow, because who doesn’t want to eat a SMELLYEO, ha ha! Okay, maybe the name is not so appetizing – but it’s funny, which is even better. When you add Smore+Kelly+Oreo, you get a Smellyeo, and trust me, …

Smellyeos!! Read More »