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Musings and writing, mostly about the outdoors and living a better life.

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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.

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The desert Southwest is a magical place of extreme contrast and powerful energy. When life throws you some unexpected hits, there really isn’t a better place to find yourself again.

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The Wild Olympics campaign would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 19 rivers and their tributaries as Wild And Scenic Rivers. What does the natural beauty of the Olympics mean to you?

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Who inspires you to get out and explore? My outdoor hero is my amazing 70-year old dad who is living proof that staying fit and having an intrepid spirit keeps you eternally youthful.

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Giving back is one of the most important things we can do during the holiday season! Check out these 5 gift ideas that help make the world a better place without the accumulation of more “stuff”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday I start a 220 mile backpacking adventure on the John Muir Trail. I’m both excited and terrified. What did I get myself into this time?!

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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.

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