Backpacking, Hiking, Me, North Cascades, Top Trips

Divide and balance

In light of everything that’s happened lately, I’ve been reevaluating my life and my priorities.

Oh noes, the clouds are moving in!

I moved here in 2006, severely depressed. In 2007 I discovered hiking, and it sparked a new interest in, well, living.

Twin Sisters backdrop

Since then, my life has pretty much revolved around being outside in the mountains. I spend the whole year planning for the summer. I spend the whole week waiting for the weekend.

There's that Baker again

The problem with this is that I am devastated when those plans don’t work out.

Tent in the sunset

When it’s raining, I spend the day stewing over lost hiking opportunities instead of going into Seattle to spend time with long-neglected friends.

Happy snapper

Border Peaks

When I’m injured, I obsess about missing out on the more challenging trips on my To-Do List instead of fully enjoying the easier, gimp-safe trail I’m on.

Komo Kulshan

Morning in the North Cascades

I want to truly enjoy my life and be here now without constantly wondering if there’s something better out there that I could be doing.

Italian Greyhounds have the cutest silhouettes

I want to make my everyday life feel fulfilling even though I am still not allowed to get a job or an education in this country. *mumble grumble*

Our little family

I want to find the motivation for midweek endorphin boosts that don’t require a drive to the mountains.

Milky Way

I want a home (and a life) that’s inviting enough that I don’t feel like I have to get away from it every weekend.


I want a balanced life, both in and outside of the mountains.


– Skyline Divide | 10 miles | 3000 feet elevation gain –


I want to find smiles like these every day.

I think he likes hiking

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  • Reply rachel September 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Inspiring, as usual! :)

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      I love the doll on top of that beautiful red chest!! Sometimes I find myself attracted to things that are completely opposite my usual taste … not sure why but it’s always fun to look and imagine a new look. Most of the time I go back to my favourite but occasionally, I’ll add just a touch of the glitz that caught my eye. ~ Lynda xo

  • Reply Kelsie September 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I know it doesn’t always help to hear this amid struggle, but, know that you are not alone. I can relate with much of what you’ve wrote here. Be well. Keep smiling.

  • Reply Jeanne Ann September 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I understand depression. I suffered with it for most of my adult life. I have found ways to overcome and love myself. It is not always easy, but it can be done. You seem to have a great supporter in your hubby and that is really all you need. You are an awesome photographer and I love looking at your photos and reading your stories. Maybe you could publish?

  • Reply Libby September 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Ingunn,

    Well those photos sure made me smile. I don’t really know what to say but writing on your blog or in your scrapbook albums might help focus on today rather than tomorrow. Maybe revisit some of other hobbies (besides hiking) and get some new ones.

    Big Hugs,

  • Reply reb September 3, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    you should learn how to drive! it will give you confidence and freedom!

  • Reply k September 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Boo to being sad. I’ve been there before and it is not fun.

    Have you looked into doing some volunteer work? I think that there are a lot of organizations that need consistant help, a few hours each week in the office or something. I think it would be nice to have someplace to go and people counting on you to help them – feeling valued is always good! Two organizations I think are great are the Washington Trails Association and Girls on the Run!

  • Reply Jo September 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    What you think of as whining, I hear as wisdom. This post’s getting bookmarked to remind me to enjoy each day.

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