The Rambling Writer Celebrates 10 Years of Hiking with Thor

Thor and I recently celebrated ten years together by repeating one of our favorite outings, the first hike we made together in 2007, from the Artist Point staging area below Mt. Baker (above), along Ptarmigan Ridge Trail, and down into Chain Lakes. It’s been a wonderful ten years, full of hiking, travels, teaching, writing, adventures, remodeling our bungalow to make it into a “bungaloid,” and of course sharing it all with our sweet critters Worf (now departed) & Bear dog and Tucker & Turtle cats.

It was a big snow year, and even though it’s melting fast in our unusually hot summer, Koma Kulshan (the original native name for Mt. Baker) still wears her magnificent white cloak. We were lucky to have a clear “anniversary” day between waves of forest fire smoke from British Columbia and Washington/Oregon.

Lots of lovely wildflowers on the rocky slopes and boggy meadows.

We dropped down into the basin of cold, clear mountain lakes for a picnic, with Tabletop Mountain as backdrop.

The otter in me is always activated by the beautiful clear water. After a (very cold) swim, your whole body tingles and you know you’re alive!

Fir trees stand as sentinels.

More wildflowers along the trail back.

Bear dog loves to romp in the snow patches and take a few cold bites.

Remembering our sweet Worf:

Mt. Shuksan (on the other side of the staging/parking area) is melting out fast.

I greet my favorite Ravens on the road down. The base is made of the ubiquitous local volcanic columnar andesite.

Thor and I ten years ago. We feel blessed with our “midlife” romance.

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You will find The Rambling Writer’s blog posts here on alternate Saturdays. Sara’s newest novel from Book View Cafe was recently released in print and ebook: The Ariadne Connection.  It’s a near-future thriller set in the Greek islands. “Technology triggers a deadly new plague. Can a healer find the cure?”  The novel has received the Cygnus Award for Speculative Fiction. Sara is counting down the days before she returns to Greece this fall for more research on the sequel, The Ariadne Disconnect.

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About Sara Stamey

Sara Stamey’s journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking around Greece and New Zealand; operating a nuclear reactor; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Now resettled in her native Northwest Washington, she teaches creative writing at Western Washington University. She shares her Squalicum Creek backyard with wild critters and her cats, dog, and husband Thor. Visit her BVC Ebookstore bookshelf.
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5 Responses to The Rambling Writer Celebrates 10 Years of Hiking with Thor

  1. Jill Zeller says:

    Beautiful photos, Sara! I don’t get out enough to hike (my wonderful mid-life husband — 26 years now — is not a hiker). But seeing your journey is inspiring!

  2. Beautiful photos! Including of happy dogs.

    Congrats on ten years of bliss!

  3. Ten years of hiking the beautiful back country! Something to celebrate.

  4. Congrats on the ten years together. My sweetheart and I are at five years now — also a (cough) “midlife” romance — and we love hearing similar stories. We also love hiking and your pictures are beautiful.

  5. Sara Stamey says:

    Thanks, everyone! Fun to share with all the great friends I’ve made through Book View Cafe.

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