Margaret’s Way

I hiked Margaret's Way yesterday. As is the case each time I hike this trail, I remember with fondness and gratitude former trail colleague and outdoors advocate Margaret Macleod. For over 20 years, Margaret was the Interagency Trails Coordinator for King County, City of Issaquah, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Through her persistence... Continue Reading →

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I recently spent a week backpacking in a remote region of the Washington Cascades. My hiking partner and I were on the trail for three days before we encountered another soul. Now that's some solitude. We rose each morning and looked eastward for the sun. There were wildfires burning north of us in Canada and... Continue Reading →

The Columbia River Gorge explodes with color in the spring when the wildflowers bloom. Hillsides, like this one at Tom McCall Preserve in Oregon, turn golden with balsam root. The best way to experience wildflowers is to hike among them. I wandered high up on the hillside, taking in views of the dramatic landscape. Roll... Continue Reading →

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