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Entries filed under 'Mother's Day'

    A Tradition Unlike Any Other: On Mom's Day at St. Helens, Dudes Look Like the Ladies

    fileGlitter. Lace ruffles. Fishnet stockings. Spaghetti string shoulder straps. Pearls. Boas. Sequins. And then there's what the women were wearing. It is a Mother's Day tradition at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, believed to date back the late 1980s, to make the nontechnical climb to the peak's south rim while wearing something that pays tribute to the moms of the world, and everyone—guys in particular—is more or less expected to take part. The climb's latest edition occurred Sunday, ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 15, 2012 4:54 PM & Tagged Climbing, Mother's Day and Mount St. Helens | permalink | Comments

    A Mother's Day Bouquet for My Spare Moms

    fileSpares are good to have. Spare batteries. Spare socks. Spare energy bars. Spare moms. Take it from a grateful hiker: That last set of spares totally reigns supreme, a realization that clangs loud bells inside my head each year as Mother's Day draws near. Good fortunate has been my kind companion in the maternal figure department. My own mom was a simply stellar person, a championship-grade human being whose love, selflessness and resilient good cheer still causes me to marvel at how much ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 14, 2012 4:06 PM & Tagged Mother's Day, mom and spare moms | permalink | Comments

    Mom, Me and the Outdoors

    How did it work in your family? Did your parents introduce you to the outdoors, or was it you who converted them? In my case, Pa never gave into my outdoor vibe. A Georgia farm boy who believed the land was for tilling, not tramping, Pa scoffed at all my stories from the trail and dismissed me as the green sheep of the family. But flower-loving Ma, the northern Ohio girl who each summer crammed her front-porch flower boxes full of high-vis crimson geraniums—she got it. Ma and I had lots in ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on May 10, 2011 3:37 PM & Tagged Mother's Day, national parks and wanderlust | permalink | Comments

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