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As followers of my blog know well, I’ve spent many a year hiking, camping, fishing and hunting in the central and northern Cascade Mountains of Washington. And, like Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, I have a special place in my heart for the area west of Yakima – – – the Ahtanum, Conrad Meadows, Goat Rocks Wilderness and what is now the William O. Douglas Wilderness.
One fascinating spot is the 6,980-foot summit of Darland Mountain which can be driven to, but the last few miles are very rough, rocky and steep. This day the views were not great due to the large amount of wildfire smoke in the air.
But the memories kept sweeping over me of Clover Flats, of all my family members and hunting partners who one time stood next to me on Darland Mountain but have now passed on, of deer and elk that ended up providing excellent meals for the family, and many an evening around a raucous campfire.
It always reminds me how important it is to build the best memories possible.