Tiger Mountain


 Today we are so thrilled to have  a guest post from Michelle! This incredible woman is married to the love of her life and a beautiful Mama to these 4 incredible kiddos. She spends her days exploring the PNW beauty on hikes, runs, kayaking trips, or walks with her faithful Labrador. She spends her evenings carpooling, avoiding kids’ math homework, cooking, reading, and recharging for tomorrow’s adventures. Please join in welcoming her well! 


Michelle2The list went on, duty called. I wrangled four kids off to school and, as I often do on unremarkable Wednesdays, I set off for a day of errands.

Costco
•Toilet paper
•Laundry detergent
•Chicken
•Flank steak
•Brussel sprouts
•Apples
-Michael’s
-Target
-Oil Change 

This Wednesday was remarkable in one sense, however. It was a much-needed break in the heavy rain we have been getting in the Pacific Northwest. In an effort to be both efficient and indulgent, I planned a short walk at Tiger Mountain prior to tackling my somewhat daunting list. My Labrador thought this plan was sheer genius as I loaded up the minivan with his leash and my rain boots along with the reusable shopping bags.tiger mountain2I hadn’t yet explored this side of Tiger Mountain, but gave myself 45 minutes for a brisk walk. Upon seeing the terrain, I was instantly regretful that I hadn’t brought running or hiking shoes to make more of this venture. Just as the vibrant green moss danced around the trees, a thought began to dance around in my head: “There’s a good chance that Target will have the items I need from Michael’s. If I combine those two errands, we can give ourselves an hour and a half in this magical place.” Liberated and giddy by that revelation, we trudged onward and upward.

The time came to turn back if we were to stick to our revised timeline. At this point we were 3/4 of the way up the mountain. For every inch of my being that is a Type A plan-follower, there are two inches of
vanquisher, especially when faced with such a visible and tangible feat. There was no turning back. The toilet paper would simply have to wait.tiger mountainWe made it to the top, we took in the majesty of the fog and the trees and the height and were certain that we made the better choice.

On the way down I could have chosen to dwell on discomfort caused by my ill-chosen rubber boots or the concern over all I would not accomplish that day. Instead, I chose to focus on the tales of adventure I would share with my four children that afternoon as I drove them to their endless activities.

MichelleIt would be the day mom climbed a mountain and touched the sky…..in slippery rain boots….with no snacks or water (not advised). To which they would respond with eyes wide open, “Yeah, but are we still out of toilet paper?!”Michelle1

Michelle is married her great love and is the mother to four school-aged children. While she wasn’t born in the Pacific Northwest, she was certainly born to live in it! She spends her days exploring its beauty on hikes, runs, kayaking trips, or walks with her faithful Labrador. She spends her evenings carpooling, avoiding kids’ math homework, cooking, reading, and recharging for tomorrow’s adventures. You can following along with Michelle on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mrosemaher/

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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