Cascadia Weekly

 

Meditations on Liquidity : The Rain, The Dark, and Other Things : 1/2/13

In these parts, at this time of the year, the weather forecast is poetry: Rain today, turning to showers...

 

In Search of Quiet : An Early Winter's Journey to Artist Point : 12/13/06

Don’t let the noise and bluster of the parking lot fool you...

 

Ice Bound : A Mid-Winter Paddle on Baker Lake : 3/4/09

My paddle hit the ice with a resounding thunk...

 

Beyond the Flowers : The Far Side of Skyline Divide : 8/26/09

Skyline Divide is a hiking destination justifiably famous for its remarkable wildflower displays...

 

Hidden Lake Peak : A Journey Into the Sky : 12/13/06

We lock the car, hoist our packs and immediately begin ascending through the dripping forest on the gnarled root-choked path...

 

Autumn in Shangri La : A Visit to Yellow Aster Butte : 9/30/10

I followed Luna the dog up the tilted avalanche slope...

 

Autum's Last Gasp : Days and Nights at Harts Pass : 11/17/10

The curtain was coming down...

 

The Quest for Blue Holes : A Sojourn on the Salish Sea : 12/1/10

The grey is here...

 

Staying Cool : Winter in the City of Subdued Excitement : 1/5/11

Well, here we are; deep in the sub-basement of another Northwest winter...

 

The Call of the Wild : Mt. Baker, Clark Gable, and the Morality Clause : 2/2/11

The winter of 1934-35 was a particularly harsh one in Whatcom County with storm after storm arriving across the water...

 

Huntoon Point : The Pleasures of a Winter Night : 2/23/11

I am drawn to Huntoon Point...

 

The Joys of Sastrugi : Monlight on the Tatoosh : 3/16/11

Many years ago I developed an appreciation for sastrugi...

 

Fields of Dreams : An Insider's Guide to the Tulip Festival : 4/13/11

It’s spring! The days are getting longer, the green is getting greener—and the Skagit Valley is unveiling its shimmering fields of tulips...

 

Patos Island : The Lighthouse on the Edge of the World : 5/4/11

I’ve seen my fair share of lighthouses, but none stirs my soul like the one on Patos Island...

 

Jump-starting Summer : A Visit to Palouse Falls : 5/18/11

As spring unfolded in fits and starts, I thought I would take a trip to eastern Washington to take a look at Palouse Falls...

 

The Path Less Traveled : A Visit to Goat Lake : 7/13/11

Spring has come and gone. Summer has arrived...

 

A Journey to the Yukon : Tombstone Range is "Canada's Patagonia" : 9/28/11

I first heard about Tombstone Territorial Park a few years ago...

 

Islands in the Sun : Looking for the Light on the Salish Sea : 12/21/11

With the Solstice approaching, I found myself counting the days until the darkness was once again in retreat...

 

Auld Lang Syne : New Year's Eve at the Loneliest Hotel in Canada : 12/28/11

The idea was to enjoy a little winter camping trip up at Birkenhead Lake, about 120 miles north of Vancouver in B.C...

 

To the Sea : By Paddle and Foot : 2/1/12

Sometimes, in the doldrums of winter, I get the urge to smell the ocean.

 

Bones on the Beach : A Visit to Cape Alava : 3/21/12

The weather report was lousy...

 

Whatcom Falls : Samsara in the City : 4/4/12

Who doesn’t love a waterfall?...

 

Hello, Goodbye : A Baptism in Baker River : 7/12/12

We set off up the Baker River Trail in early afternoon...

 

Reach for the Sky : Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm : 7/15/12

North Cascades National Park is famous the world over for its incredible hiking...

 

Up the River : Ruminations on the Sauk : 7/25/12

Wild and Scenic: This “official” designation, bestowed upon some of the Pacific Northwest’s choicest rivers, says it all...

 

Skyline Divide : Savoring the Ephemeral : 9/19/12

Well, suddenly it's September, summer already beginning to excuse itself and the kids back in school...

 

Stairway to Heaven : Autumn Gold at Yellow Aster Butte : 10/3/12

Everyone who has hiked around Mt. Baker has their favorites: Skyline Divide; Copper Ridge; Lake Ann...

 

River Music : The Horseshoe Bend Trail : 11/14/12

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we often experience a pause between seasons as winter draws its breath...