I’ve always found sidewalks to be challenging. When walking on them, I constantly find myself on the edge where I slip off and step into the street. I stumble and trip over the curbs and then there are the pesky sign posts and telephone poles, both unneeded by pedestrians, that are forced into the path to be bumped into. Sidewalks are hard. Trails though, make sense. They follow the contour of the land and allow for the body to shift and meander with the weight of each step w
It was early June, and the trail had seen only a few hikers this season. This of course meant that the Chilliwack valley was a mess with dense overgrowth covering the trail. I was on day three of my Copper Ridge Loop hike and was setting out from Indian Creek Camp. The map showed two river crossings before seven miles of a 4000 ft elevation gain. The thing about river crossings is that it can be difficult to pick up the trail on the other side. Rivers will change in both dept
Maturity comes with an understanding of time. While hiking with my brother in August of 2014, I came across this thought. We were hiking in the North Cascades near Ross lake on a trek called Devils Loop. The first six miles of the trail led to our first camp just under Crater Mountain. We would eventually make a six day loop that would take us around fifty miles through the wilderness. The trail started at just under 2,000 ft above sea level and ended at just under 6,000 ft.