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Return to the Fourth of July

Mom and I have been turned back by white dirt many times, but there were only 2 trails that we still regretted not finishing after all this time. The first we’d conquered on the first day of our vacation when we found the Devil’s Punchbowl. The second was the whole reason we had come back to Washington.


trail-eating bushes and poisonous reaching plants, but not so many that we felt like we were in a city. Other trails with great views of spiky mountains are scary and have dangerous heights, or rocks to climb, or river crossings. But the trail we were returning to was safe, and even though it squeezed my legs to climb it, it didn’t threaten death. Best for Mom, we hardly had to climb through any forests before we could see fantastic views of the rocky mountains all around us; For nearly the whole hike we could stare at them and be inspired. Best for me, squirrels and chipmunks and all kinds of other critters loved this mountain as much as we do, and they came in huge critter crowds to build their homes in the bushes and rocks along the trail.




when we were on this trail last year. Last year we hadn’t found our Forever Job yet, and so many things had changed that it seemed like even the mountains might disappear if we took our paws off of them, so we had to run fast to have as many adventures as we could before even the wilder-ness was taken away. This year Mom and I work together at a Forever Job, and even though we can’t spend every day in the wilder-ness, it is still there when we check on it every weekend. Now that Mom has The Old and a bum sewn into her knee, we can’t run as much as we used to but even that has turned out to be a good thing because we’ve found more adventure on the trails that are too rugged to run. We never would have found those adventures tif we’d stayed in the places where there’s nothing to trip on and the mountains aren’t too steep for running. Things aren’t perfect yet, but if we didn’t have any more problems to solve then there would be no adventure in life.

Oscar the Yankee Doodle Dandy

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