Musings and writing, mostly about the outdoors and living a better life.
Spending my winter as a volunteer snow tracker for Conservation Northwest was an amazing experience. I not only learned basic animal tracking skills, but I also learned how to see wildlife and our wild spaces from a whole new perspective.Read More
11 years ago I walked into an animal shelter and came home with Crazy Jake dog. In the years since he’s become my peakbagging partner, camping companion, and road trip co-pilot. I can’t think of a single memory without him! Here’s the story of Jake dog and how to cope when your best adventure buddy grows old.Read More
Last summer I did something completely crazy: I spent 3 days at a silent yoga/meditation retreat. What I thought would be my worst idea ever actually became my best. I learned a lot about myself, rebooted my brain, sharpened my senses, and experienced first-hand how powerful the mind can really be.Read More
I think it’s easy for most of us to support our local search and rescue teams, but it’s tough to grasp the level of effort required for a rescue. Some friends and I played mock victims for a large avalanche training exercise and witnessed firsthand the amazing skills and dedication of search and rescue volunteers.Read More
This past weekend I was camping with friends and told them a funny but gross story about hiking with my dog Jake. He’s never been one to roll in disgusting things until this one time in the Methow Valley when he picked the ultimate grossness in dog prizes and had himself one of his finest trail moments.Read More