Another glorious morning to start. We have left the deep canyons of Passage 16 and the trail navigated a rolling valley surrounded by tall red cliffs. There was little elevation on the day until the end when our plan was to scramble up Picketpost Mt and camp at the top.
1) desert sunrise
2) the sample tower we camped below
3) Emily enjoying her morning coffee, the temperatures are pleasant but cool
4) we are headed that way
5) desert scenery
6) reddy bear cactus and red cliffs
7) trail angles leaving water, we did not need any yet as we had refilled at the rainwater collector
8) a large cache of water stocked by the AZT Assoc
9) our first human in 2 days, stopped and we had a nice chat
10) our destination Picketpost Mt
Full description of our hike on my website, link in bio.
Let’s talk about marriage licenses and how to handle paperwork on your elopement day (and how to make sure you get legally married!)
If you are filling out your paperwork and getting legally married on your elopement day, make sure to research local marriage licensing requirements! You want to make sure that you get your license in time, and that you have everything necessary to make it legal.
In Washington, the marriage license waiting period is three days- meaning that you have to get your marriage license at LEAST three days before the day you plan to perform your ceremony for it to be legal and valid. Washington has a marriage license validity period of 60 days, meaning you need to get married withing 60 days of receiving your license for your marriage to be legal. To get legally married in Washington (and most states), you need 2 witnesses, plus an ordained officiant to fill out your paperwork and to perform your ceremony.
However, don't let paperwork and technical logistics get in the way of your dream elopement day. Many couples choose to complete the legal paperwork at home either before or after their actual elopement day for ease of mind and simplicity. The day you say your vows and commit your life to your partner is your wedding day- regardless of when you submitted your paperwork.
I was hiking through a sparsely populated area looking for an old forest service road. I was hoping that road would take me on top of the mountain. I found this old abandoned church and couldn't help but sit down and stare at it for a while. I thought about how at one time it was a place where people would meet to worship. I imagined families looking forward to gathering with other families. There were probably many after service picnics and children running through the yard playing. Likely, many tears were shed there at funerals as well as joy shared at weddings. It surprised me to think that a piece of history could warm my heart so much. It made me wish for a more simple life....where we slow down and appreciate the little things. I did find that road I was looking for but it turned out to be private property. The hike was still worth it though. This old building will stay with me for a while. •
Go cool places. See cool people. ...........
Is what I would normally caption this. Even though we can’t do it right now don’t forget it’s still a fun thing to do! Stay safe my friends. .
Yesterday we took a hike! 💪🏻 But not your typical, relaxing, do it for enjoyment, have something pretty to see at the end hike.
No, no we went for a hike through the woods. In the rain. In the cold. In the mud. Downhill. Wearing multiple layers. Hauling three rolls of wire and supplies. To build FENCE. 😒 We both were absolutely exhausted when we finished at the bottom - only to realize we had to trek back up to the truck and finish the evening feeding cows. Frankly, yesterday was reallllllll crappy but it’s DONE! 🙌🏼 I’m thankful I was there to help but I told Zeke my ranch wife salary wasn’t enough to do that again. Especially because my ranch wife salary doesn’t exist 🤣
I’m interested - what is the craziest, worst job you’ve had to help complete with your husband?
Lockdown can be fun! 🗺📌 It’s been years since I’ve understood how to read a map and use a compass correctly. An hour or two later, thanks to @backshall.steve YouTube lessons and it’s like I never forgot how to. Takes me back to being a young boy. Feel much better about it now, ready to plan some epic adventures in the mountains when this lockdown is over and we are all safe again. 🔥🌲🏕⛰🙏🏻
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It might feel like your world is shrinking these days with walls closer than ever and social interaction confined to these devices, but our hike yesterday reminded us to #keepperspective and taught us some powerful metaphorical advice:
1. Your path is long and there will always be narrow sections. Keep walking one step at a time. #justkeepswimming