Half the fun of adventurous travel is figuring out where to go. Although I don't plan to do an international trip in 2020, never say never. A long-time-coming return to the Methow Valley is coming up in February 2020. I wonder if I remember how to skate ski!
Thinking about options for long bike tours - Missouri has some interesting options including the famous Katy Trail, an old rail trail about 200 or so miles long, all of which is a State Park now. A modified Selkirk Loop, previously done by my friend Stasia (click here to check out her blog), a trip from Vancouver WA to anywhere, part of the Southern Tier route? Plenty of time and suggestions welcome via comments or contact.
I've been reflecting on the great times, friends, and shared experiences I've had in the last few (er, many) years. Old friends, you're tagged and not forgotten; you've helped shape me into the person I am today. Walk with me for a moment, down memory lane?
Wishing you all much joy and happiness always!
Well, that's because it is. It gets dark too early and stays dark too long. In the hours when daylight appears, to send me into the outdoors, I ponder on the possibilities for next years' adventures and the wonder of being in the woods, listening to the trees breathing.
I volunteer often with Washington Trails Association (WTA) to improve and build new trails. Here, we are at Paradise Point State Park in Washington, preparing to notch this log so that hikers can get over it. Due to the position and size, we could not remove it, as is often done.
I volunteered with the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) recently, to brush out a section above Stevenson, WA. The rain was bad enough but the snow chased us out.
My hiking friend, Robert from Massachusetts, visited the PNW for the first time and I showed him around. A highlight was a guided hike with Mt St Helens Institute to the Crater Glacier at Mt St Helens.
Stanley and I took the train to Centralia, WA then took a ride to the coast, on the Willapa Bike Trail which is a work in progress but passable most of the way.