28 Mar

Ancient Trees

I’ve always been fascinated by old forests. I guess it probably goes back to childhood fairy tales and of course Disney films that conjured towering tangled webs filled with dark giants, malicious vines and sharp brambles. A real forest can seem a dark and foreboding place,...

25 Mar

Tumwater Canyon, River Kayaking

One of the most popular day trips in Washington is Route 2 from Everett to Wenatchee which is part of the Cascade Loop and The North Cascades Highway further north. This section of the Loop covers about 123 miles and transits through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National...

25 Mar

The Daffodils are in Bloom

The daffodils are in bloom in Skagit Valley. Spring can't be far off as this annual turning of the seasons testifies. On a brisk  morning with wind gusts cresting 30 miles an hour we set out on a Sunday drive to see if the daffodil rumors were true....

20 Mar

Skagit Wildlife Area

The Skagit Wildlife Area contains a little over 16,700 acres of wildlife habitat which is mostly scattered throughout the western half of Skagit County. This is prime bird watching territory as is most of the Skagit Valley, a beautiful agricultural region in Northwest Washington that is...

16 Mar

Tofino

Tofino is on the outer western edge of Vancouver Island. As a sea kayaker I have long heard tales of Vancouver Island and the epic outdoor scene there, the Broken Group of islands and Johnstone Strait, both well known for kayaking and their wildlife, especially migrating orca...

07 Mar

Mount Baker Ski Area

Mount Baker Ski Area is located in northwest Washington in the North Cascades at the end of Highway 542. It’s about 54 miles from Bellingham, Washington. The drive up is smooth and well maintained. When you reach about 1500 feet the road begins to climb more...

06 Mar

Snowshoeing Heather Meadows

During the winter months, Heather Meadows is at the end of the Mount Baker Highway. During the summer it's a waypoint on the road to Artists' Point, one of North America's most stunning vistas.  Heather Meadows is a magnet for local backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowshoe...