Shawnie’s pen name is Mossy Mom. Mossy Mom lives in a temperate rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. Mossy Mom has studied extensively and is a student of, forest cryptograms. Forest cryptograms include moss, lichens and fungi.
Mossy Mom likes to get out at least once a week to hike in the soggy Olympic Mountains. She has gotten out and hiked forty-nine times so far this year. Venturing out into the rainforest so often means that Mossy Mom does a lot of hiking in the rain.
Mossy Mom takes lots of pictures and blogs almost all of her hiking adventures. She hikes with a heavy DSLR camera and has a microscope at home. She displays both microscopic photos of cryptograms she sees and macroscopic photos of the landscapes she hikes in on her blog.
When Mossy Mom is not getting soaked in the Olympic National Forest and Park, she hikes everywhere from the tropical rainforests of Panama to the urban jungles of Shanghai to the muddy logging roads of Shelton, Washington. Wherever she wonders, she always finds a way to fit in a hike. Mossy Mom knows that hiking is the key to both her mental and physical health.
Mossy Mom prefers ultra-light hiking because hiking light allows her to cover more miles in a day and it is easier on her knees. Owning ultra light gear also makes it much easier for her to take her kids backpacking. In addition, hiking ultra light can help to make up for the heavy weight of Mossy Mom’s camera gear.
Mossy Mom enjoys the luxury hot cup of tea on the trail, so she always carries her ultra light homemade alcohol stove and cook pot in her daypack. Owning ultra light cooking gear makes the luxury of hot tea and meals possible on every hike. Mossy Mom makes her own home-dehydrated backpacking food from leftovers. She also modifies her packs as she sees fit by cutting off heavy straps and zippered pockets and replacing them with mesh pockets. She currently uses the Gossamer Gear Gorilla as a daypack and she has not felt the need to modify it at all because it is already super light and has pockets in all the right places.
Mossy Mom likes to hike with her kids, but they can’t keep up with her, so most of the time she hikes alone or with her Springer Spaniel named ‘Patches’. Patches is a water dog and she is always ready for an all daylong romp in the rainforest. Patches gets really excited whenever Mossy Mom takes her backpack out of the closet.
Home: Shelton, WA
Favorite training grounds: Olympic National Forest
Current Plans: Backpacking in the Olympics with my daughter, perhaps crossing the Olympics a couple of times. Climb Mount Adams and Mount Washington again.