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Cooper River Bridge Run — Getting over it in Charleston, South Carolina

April 21, 2024

We couldn’t have asked for a more convenient arrangement when it came to this year’s 47th annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Perhaps only the solar eclipse on April 8th was more perfectly aligned than how our travel plans fell into place on April 6th. I had booked a family vacation to Charleston, Columbia and Savannah…

Congress overwhelmingly passes massive funding bill to protect, expand and maintain our public parks and trails!

April 1, 2024

Conservationists, recreationists, hikers, bird watchers, campers, bicyclists, and recreationists of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life are beyond belief at the passage of this monumental bill. According to environmental reporter Ima Tyredowaetin, “I never ever thought I would ever see in my lifetime a time when the government finally started giving our public lands…

Putting My Condition into Remission

March 27, 2024

Today marks two weeks since I have been off prednisone. I had been on the medication for just over three years starting when I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), an auto immune inflammatory disorder. My symptoms began in the spring of 2020 shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak—and they grew progressively worst that by…

Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge 2nd edition

February 5, 2024

Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge, 2nd Edition: Waterfalls * Vistas * State Parks * National Scenic Area Paperback – April 1, 2024 Now featuring 115 hikes including 35 new destinations many in areas not widely covered such as the Silver Star Scenic Area, Cottonwood Canyon State park and the Monte Cristo Monte Carlo Buck Creek…

Herman the Vancouver Island Marmot wishes you all a Happy Groundhog day!

February 2, 2024

Yes, they celebrate Groundhog Day in Canada too! And groundhogs, also known as woodchucks in Eastern North America are marmots. So that makes Vancouver Island marmots woodchucks, too! Sadly Herman passed away last year in the Toronto Zoo but he wanted to thank the US Postal Service for featuring him among 19 other Endangered species…

2,280.1 miles!

January 7, 2024

2023 was an excellent year for me on the trail! I ended up tallying just under 2300 running and hiking miles which included some pretty memorable experiences. And despite that I upped my game when it came to ultra-running, I actually ran 41 miles less this year than last! I must be slowing down! I…

Cuyamaca 100K Endurance Run

October 19, 2023

Running 62 miles to celebrate 62 years A few minutes after midnight I came over the finish line. I had started running at 6:30 am the previous morning alongside 245 other participants. We assembled in beautiful Rancho Cuyamaca State Park in the mountains east of San Diego to run the Cuyamaca 100K Endurance Run. We…

Skagit Flats Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

October 2, 2023

Running the short distance for a long return I’ve been regularly participating in the Skagit Flats Marathon since I moved to the Skagit Valley in 2007. As a distance runner, I’ve signed up over the years to participate in the half marathon (13.1 miles) or full marathon (26.2) race. But this year I decided to…

300.5 Miles Hiked and Run and $10,124 Raised

September 8, 2023

It was another great Hike-a-thon! Wow! I’m always so physically and emotionally drained come September 1 after putting some serious miles on the trail in August and spending two months trying to convince you all why you should make a donation to my Hike-a-thon benefiting the Washington Trails Association. Since 2012 I have participated in…

White River 50K: Returning to where it all started

August 10, 2023

It was back in 2011 when I decided to take up ultra-running. I was on the verge of turning 50 and had become fascinated with the annual and iconic White River 50 mile run held near Mount Rainier. White River had grew into one of the country’s biggest and most famous 50 mile races attracting…