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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Why I Hike

I love to hike, and thankfully I live in an area that has no shortage of places to get out and enjoy God's creation. 

There are so many reasons I love to hike. Hiking has been an amazing activity for my family. We tell stories, we play games, we have great conversations and laugh. We also fall down, cry, get wet and have to push through the not so fun times. It builds character as well as physical endurance.

It's also a chance to find beauty in the ordinary and the extraordinary. 

Like moss...who knew moss grew in so many forms and in some places is literally hanging off the trees like it's dripping.

or fog...

Another fun thing about hiking is that if the trail is new and unfamiliar, you never know what you'll see up ahead. Today, we hiked high enough to clear the clouds and it was amazing. Something I've only experienced from the seat inside an airplane. 

Talk about surreal. 

We even sometimes come across funny things, like this moss guy.

I love it all. The mud we track home on our boots, the beauty we pass and experience, the tired, exhausted feeling we have after a good long hike and the memories we create as a family.


  1. I can't believe you got above the clouds! That is CRAZY!!

    (Also: love the moss guy)

  2. Oh, WOW. That is breathtaking. (Ha, probably literally!!) I can't believe you were so high!

  3. What awesome pictures!!! Would love to do that hike sometime with you all!!!

  4. Isn't it wonderful to be above the clouds yet still firmly on the ground...
    Love your blog, fellow PNW'ener!

  5. Your "above the clouds" photos are spectacular Jill -- I'm in awe!

  6. oh such beautiful images. At first I thought you were in Maine and then when I saw how high up in the mountains you were I realized you were in Oregon or Washington. I love hiking as well.