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West Coast Outdoor Weather

West Coast Outdoor Weather

This is our weekly Thursday seven day outlook for the  North Cascades in Washington state. Each week we will pick a region in the Western[Read More…]

by September 24, 2015 0 comments Earth
Curious and cautious, Mountain Goats are a fixture in the Enchantments, picture courtesy of Shauna McDaniel

The Magic of the Enchantments: Not Created by Giants and Gnomes, Says Local Geologist

Much has been written about the wild and rugged wilderness area known as the Enchantments west of Leavenworth, but words have a hard time capturing[Read More…]

by September 30, 2014 0 comments Community, Earth, Trails
Coexisting with Wolves in Washington

Coexisting with Wolves in Washington

After decades of monitoring depleted wolf populations in the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called to remove the gray wolf, Canis lupus,[Read More…]

by February 16, 2014 0 comments Earth
Salmon Encounters

Salmon Encounters

Capturing images of wildlife is not as easy to predict. Bear, goats, deer and marmots are all doin’ their own thing. One never knows when you’ll cross paths, so I simply hope for a magical moment and that my camera will be ready!

by January 23, 2014 0 comments Earth
Bull Moose on the Trail

Bull Moose on the Trail

Rather than scampering into the woods as moose typically do when we hike past, this bull moose looked at us, we looked at him and seeing that we weren’t a threat he continued on as if we weren’t even there.

by September 11, 2013 0 comments Earth
Monitoring the Weather for Hikers

Monitoring the Weather for Hikers

In 1857 Dutch professor Christopher Buys Ballot postulated that there was a relationship between wind direction and air pressure. Buys-Ballot’s law provides a rough approximation of the location and direction of the low pressure system as it tracks through a region.

by August 27, 2013 0 comments Earth, Skills
Mount St Helens Anniversary

Mount St Helens Anniversary

Exploring this new landscape is to gaze upon the literal birth of a forest. For those anxious to discover the new story of Mount Saint Helens, the trail network around the mountain is one of the best in the northwest. Trails to the north, such as the Boundary Trail, gaze head on into the crater of the still active mountain.

by May 14, 2013 0 comments Earth, Trails
Everest Anniversary and Fights

Everest Anniversary and Fights

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first American ascent of Mt Everest. It’s disheartening, to say the least, that on the anniversary that clouds of malcontent and fist fights (complete with rocks to the head?) would be the topic of conversation, rather than the celebration of a historical conquest.

by May 1, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth
The Perseid Meteor Shower 2013

The Perseid Meteor Shower 2013

There are a few times in one’s life when the planets align and something spectacular happens that you know you may never experience again. In our case, the brightest of the planets literally aligned across the midnight sky during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, and our little backpack quartet, my husband John and I and our friends Dick and Steve, found ourselves fortuitously under a clear sky next to Purple Lake in the central Sierra on that exact night.

by May 1, 2013 0 comments Earth, Fireside
Happy Earth Day – Go Celebrate

Happy Earth Day – Go Celebrate

It’s Earth Day and we love any excuse to get outside. Especially when the sun is doing its thing in Seattle. This infographic with history[Read More…]

by April 22, 2013 0 comments Community, Earth