I needed a break from peopling. The only creatures I wanted to talk to were my dogs. I wanted to breathe and be in nature, without interruption, without stress.
I also needed to go to a place where I could feel the dogs and I were safe from hunters/killers now that it’s rifle season. Knowing most of them are too lazy or out of shape to go far from a road, I chose a hiking trail that starts at 6,500 feet and gains 2,000 feet in 2.5 miles to a Forest Service fire lookout, too steep and remote for most.
We found the solitude I hoped for. And a dusting of snow – even better! We love snow. Here are some photos from our time spent forest bathing.
I delight in exploring the national forest near my Idaho home on foot, whether trail running, hiking, or xc skiing, with my two dogs by my side, taking photos of nature and wildlife. An author and freelance writer, I love observing and writing about the natural world, and dogs, and am a long-time contributing editor at Bark magazine. I used to practice law for a living. I much prefer the writing life.
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