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OUTDOORS: Wonderland Trail worth the effort

Letter by Vincent S. Hart, University Place on April 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm with No Comments »
April 9, 2013 9:06 am

A special thanks to you for the series about the Wonderland Trail. I was delighted and excited to learn about the new Mountaineers book with great details about the trail and how to take it on, and especially for the pictures.

Almost forty years ago, I bravely organized a family-and-friends group hike of almost all of the 93 miles. We had to skip a couple sections because of hazardous conditions, but covered the rest in a great two-week venture. In the midst of a wet summer, we lucked out with mostly fine weather the first two weeks of August. The group included my mother at age 78, myself at 44, my brother at 40, a friend in her thirties, three daughters ages 14, 10, and 8, and three stalwart teen boys from the congregation I was serving at that time (1975). Some dropped in and some dropped out according to plan; others had to call off portions of the trek. My mother conquered about two-thirds before tendinitis sent her home, by which time the youngest two had had enough as well. Three of us completed the circuit.

The recent articles make clear that the venture is more complicated now because of even higher demand on a fragile environment. Reading and remembering made me want to do it again – if only I could at 82. But, it also stirred great joy and satisfaction that I managed to do it once. I urge others to do it if and when possible.

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