Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Idaho Lightning

I look forward to the spectacular lightning storms whenever I visit Idaho, and this year didn't disappoint! The last two photos were taken from the front porch of the cabin during a storm that brought truly torrential rain!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Harry's Ridge

Here's my latest hiking article published in Seattle Backpackers Magazine:

Is it the Alaskan tundra? The high moors of Scotland? No, it’s the desolate high country of Mt. St. Helens— seemingly barren from a distance, yet teeming with vibrant life when observed closely. Perhaps the best trail on which to experience the bleak splendor of the monument is the winding path to the top of Harry’s Ridge.
Read more at http://seattlebackpackersmagazine.com/harrys-ridge/

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hay stacking timelapse video

A timelapse and slow-motion video of stacking hay near Toledo in Southwest Washington, it makes me tired just watching it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bringing in the Hay

Early July marks the beginning of the hiking season - the time when all sensible people are out enjoying the high country, probing the retreating snowline as it uncovers the vast riches of the wilderness. I, however, through obligation and a less than steady source of income, must spend a month of summer waiting for the hay. Only a few days are actually spent hauling the hay; most of the time is spent hanging around the house waiting for farmers to call us. Time that could have been spent hiking is instead spent waiting for the silent phone to ring, and when the call does come, it is usually to tell us that the hay has been delayed by another week due to the long range forecast predicting a 20% chance of light mist.

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Bold Grandmother

My Grandmother is amazing! She just turned 90, and coincidentally published her third book. The book is  Bold Women in Alaska History (Amazon.com $10.80), and I can think of nobody more apt to have written it than my own bold grandmother, Marjorie Cochrane.

Hiking in Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

My latest article was just published today in Seattle Backpackers Magazine! Check it out: Hiking in WIllapa National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Backpacking on Long Island

Hiking along Smoky Hollow
The weathermen were out to get us again. Just a few days before our planned trip to the Enchanted Valley, the forecast had turned from mostly sunny to solid rain and clouds for the foreseeable future. We awoke Sunday with barely 2 days of sunshine before us and no time left to get ready for a long trip. A split-second change of plans and 30 minutes spent throwing gear into backpacks put us on the road underneath the wobbling length of a borrowed canoe. Two hours later we had arrived at the headquarters of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, and with the canoe wallowing through the receding tide, crossed the channel to the wild bulk of Long Island.