Yelm’s Fossil Rock–Beyond Frozen Food

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By Jake Luplow

I have called Yelm home for the last two years. And for two years I’ve been “window shopping” for food I know I cannot eat. Too often I find myself in Wal-Mart perusing the frozen food isle when I am bored–and what’s tragic is that I am allergic to wheat, soy, and dairy. There just isn’t much else to do here.

It wasn’t until recently that I learned of an awesome hike to Fossil Rock. Located in the outskirts of Yelm, just beyond the Clearwood Living Community, Fossil Rock makes for an enjoyable hike for all skill levels. It’s adequate for the seasoned hiker and for the kids (though, you may have to carry them part of the way). Additionally, if you are into rock climbing, you’ll find many like yourself who climb the big Fossil Rock!

When my friend Dustin Watson and I set out, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Being an Eagle Scout myself, I have been on many hikes and camping expeditions–everywhere from the mountains of New Mexico to places in our own backyard.

It turned out to be an amazing hike, almost surreal in nature; there’s something about the outdoors that is truly sobering.

As many of you know, this is one of my last assignments with ThurstonTalk. But, before I depart, I’d like to leave you all with a challenge: Hike to Fossil Rock, take photos, and start making a regular outing out of visiting Mother Nature!

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