Cowiche Canyon Trails, Yakima

Part 2 of our Yakima Summer brought us to the Cowiche Canyon trail system, maintained by Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and the BLM. In dry, windy heat we came to see the immense and unique beauty of this shrub-steppe landscape. Arid, sparse, rocky, rugged and at times disorienting – with over 30 miles of hiking trailsContinue reading “Cowiche Canyon Trails, Yakima”

Willapa Hills State Park trail

Just outside the charming small town of Chehalis my family and I met up with one of the most beautiful hikes in Washington state. On a classically beautiful early spring day, all things came together for us – my son’s first day of vacation since 2020 (the hospital he works in has been struggling withContinue reading “Willapa Hills State Park trail”

Dune Peninsula at Pt. Defiance Park, Tacoma

Another gorgeous day for hiking brought my spouse and I to a newly opened park in Tacoma, WA. Dune Peninsula is named in honor of author and Tacoma native Frank Herbert, author of the classic science fiction book Dune. This intriguing new area of Pt. Defiance Park has a 605 ft-long graceful bridge walk –Continue reading “Dune Peninsula at Pt. Defiance Park, Tacoma”

In the Presence of Trees, Part 5

Guardians of Time Eleven trees live in our garden; 13 if I count the dwarf trees that are no taller than four feet high. Ours is not a large plot of land – just a standard neighborhood lot with a single family house of about 1,100 square feet – but it is thoroughly landscaped. NoContinue reading “In the Presence of Trees, Part 5”

The Gardener preps for coastal hiking.

A short vacation is finally coming our way! My spouse and I are soon headed to the Washington coast, the Olympic National Forest, and Kalaloch beach. As we have done for long as we can remember, we will hike as long and far as we are able. Even though we both realize that the daysContinue reading “The Gardener preps for coastal hiking.”

In the Presence of Trees, Part 4

A Sense of Something that Is. Consciousness: Awareness of oneself within and among ones’ environment. Sentience of internal and external being. Experiencing existence as one and as community. Descartes walks into a coffee shop, sits down at a table and reads the menu. A waiter comes up to him and asks, “Are you ready toContinue reading “In the Presence of Trees, Part 4”