Here’s something interesting for you: many people think the Pacific Northwest is only the territory from western Oregon up through western Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s not. The Pacific Northwest, AKA: PNW, covers Washington, Oregon, B.C., Idaho, and parts of Montana and California and Alaska.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir
Back when I was a recalcitrant teenager living in southern California – I was angry having had to move in the middle of my Junior year from the lush, green and mountainous terrain of Washington to the brown…very brown valley of Temecula – I held a hatred of all things desert in my heart and mind. All I saw was varying shades of brown. In the mind’s eye of my teenage self, brown was a shade of evil and annoyance. I did not see the amazing shades that could be cast across those browns and tans and reds by a rising or setting sun. I did not see the power of the desert or the power of Mother Nature in a desert storm; in the survival of plant and animal life in something seemingly barren. Oh, yes. I was the angsty teenager who failed to see the beauty of the universe. Well, Universe, thank you for proving just how wrong that snotty teen was.
Just in case the title of this post wasn’t clear; I totally dug the Badlands!
So there I was
I know, I know. Super dramatic title, right? Can’t you just feel the drama? Is it humming through your veins; like that insanely suspenseful build up to a book’s climax that leaves you sitting on edge? Continue reading
With The Greekanese out west for a couple weeks and Hiking Buddy catching up on school work, I thought for sure I’d be relegated to hiking alone. Continue reading