Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hulda Klager Lilac Garden




 Hulda Klager Lilac Garden is the crown jewel of horticulture in the Lower Columbia Region. This 150 year old garden is host to a staggering number of unique species bred by its namesake. At the peak of the bloom in April the scent of a myriad of flowering plants assails the nostrils as a dazzling rainbow of blossoms fills the vision. I’ll let the flowers do the rest of the speaking for me.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Trip Report: Snowshoeing at Paradise Mt. Rainier


"Oh no!" I exclaimed, as I stared in mock horror at my computer screen, "An avalanche just took out the road to Paradise!". The cries of woe this elicited told me that my “April Fool’s” joke had hit the mark.

The road was, of course, in fine condition, and we headed to Paradise for a spring snowshoe trip. The heat wave rolling over Western Washington had brought summer-like temperatures to Paradise, and the fresh powder of several days prior had turned to a thick slurry. However, the scenery was as breathtaking as always on the alpine flanks of Rainier, as we trudged up ever more liquid slopes. In fact, the beauty of it was so distracting that it was not until we reached our lunch site at Paradise Point that I realized I had forgotten to apply sunblock. Standing in a snowy mountain basin under a cloudless sky is essentially like being a bug at the focal point of a gigantic lens, and I had been burnt so red that I appeared more lobster than man!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

White Pass Panoramas and Timelapse



It was a wild and cold day to ski yesterday at White Pass. Blizzards sent snow howling horizontally across the ski runs and froze one side of our faces as we rode the lifts.


The one time it cleared off was when we stopped for lunch, and as soon as we headed back up the mountain the storm came roaring back with a vengeance. Despite the biting cold and inclement weather we enjoyed the slopes and the beautifully scenery that revealed itself now and again through breaks in the skeins of snow.