1. I’ve had a few messages recently (many thanks!), and yes: I’m alive and so well! Just occupied with work and school and life.

    Above: Spent another stretch on the AT, hanging out with some fungis (ha…ha…) We were mostly under tree cover (so not as many views), did part of the roller-coaster (it really wasn’t that bad), lots of smiles, springs, streams, and rocks. I’m pretty wrapped up in macro photos, it looks like. That sun and trees, though. (and that mac & cheese shot for run-hike!)

    Love,

    E

     
  2. A few quick shots from an extra long weekend on Mt. Adams.

    "How’s that wide river?
    Are the mountains doin’ fine?
    Can you smell the cottonwoods?
    Is it huckleberry time?”

     
  3. I spent all of Tuesday on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

    We hiked 13.4 miles total: Hamilton Mountain (and Rodney Falls, pictured, one of my favorite waterfalls to date) followed by Cape Horn. The day started sunny but it’s pretty obvious we go fogged in quickly! You can’t really tell from the photos but a lot of this hike was very exposed - on cliff faces and such. Highlight: scrambling/crab walking/sliding down into a deep, mossy, steep crevice near the summit of Mount Hamilton (don’t worry  Mom - I was careful :) )

    About once a day I’m blown away with how lucky I am, how beautiful this world is, and how much there is yet to explore.

     
  4. So those photos are a bit of a teaser for an actual vacation re-cap that will be coming your way soon (really, I promise).

     
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    This place is magical.

See you Wednesday, Minneapolis…

    This place is magical.

    See you Wednesday, Minneapolis…

     
  6. I spent last weekend near Duluth in good company.

    And tomorrow morning I head West. Couldn’t be more optimistic, excited, hopeful. Washington and Montana, see you soon!

     
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    Today was a personal restoration day. I’m nursing a cold so I did a lot of gardening and biked down to the river and wandered (where I collected the gems pictured above).

    Today was a personal restoration day. I’m nursing a cold so I did a lot of gardening and biked down to the river and wandered (where I collected the gems pictured above).