Hi! I’m Randi. Thanks for stopping by.
I am a 57 year old medical professional, Mom, Grandma (Nonna) that recently moved to the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, WA) from Texas. It didn’t take me long to realize that I loved the outdoors so much that I was willing to walk/hike for miles and sometimes days, to experience the beautiful wilderness in the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. I think my first hike was Rattlesnake Ledge (aka Disneyland). It was a crowded hike, but at the time, I appreciated the company. Oh I remember how clueless I was about hiking. Tennis shoes, a bottle of water, and the “10 essentials” must just be for serious hikers. Oh I have come a long way since that fateful hike in 2012. It’s really hard to pick a favorite hike when there are so many, so you’ll just have to check out my posts as they occur and decide for yourself. I have been on the edge of mountains, driven roads that should have been designated for hikers only, and fell in love with some very soothing and historical ADA trails. I see lakes that you cannot get to without putting one foot in front of the other, and stood at summits that bring me to tears because the scenery is so incredibly beautiful!
Sometimes I dream of being a guide, until I couldn’t find my way around Mt Rainier. It was then that I was lovingly nicknamed “Navigator” by one of my co-workers. I was LOST!! It’s funny now, but not so much on that stormy night when we set up camp another night rather than crawling in my warm bed as originally planned. Maybe someday if I hike the PCT for more than a day, That might be my trail name.
I often hike solo because I take advantage of weather opportunities which leaves me hiking a lot of weekdays (It always rains on weekend, right?). I also go places a lot of my friends can’t go for various reasons. And the big reason is I’m 5′ 0″ which means my stride is short. The average person would leave me in their dust! I hike often, and take challenging trails, so I don’t think it’s my stamina anymore like I once believed. Let’s face it, I’m just short!
Anyway, I spent this past year learning a lot about myself while I was hiking, and have decided that I will raise the bar and set out to accomplish some lofty goals. I’m going to seek elevations and distances that I never even dreamed of doing! I love taking pictures and I think I have a bit of an eye for composition, color, etc so come back and see where my journey leads me.