Weekend reading: Rainier doodles, safety, a contest

In which I round up random, cool or weird stuff I’ve seen around the web recently.

Mountain Journal: I adore this photo gallery from Mount Rainier National Park. Visitors to Paradise are invited to make a doodle, write a note or otherwise document their experience to Mount Rainier. The park put up a small selection. My favorites are the one shown here and another saying “Wish I could see it. Damn you weather.”

Be safe: It’s getting close to fall hiking season. As the weather gets more unpredictable, it’s more important than ever to be prepared. Everett Mountain Rescue has some great resources.

Win an adventure: Arc’Teryx has a contest going on to win an outdoor adventure at Mount Baker and Squamish, B.C. The winner will also get some great outdoor gear. Click here to enter.

A gorgeous drive: The North Cascades Highway offers entrance to a special place. Now you can learn more about the natural history of the road in “The North Cascades Highway: An illustrated natural history guide.” You can learn more about it, and see some really love scenery, in this video.

Dragonflies as spies: This is a clever list numerating the ways dragonflies would make excellent spies. Among the reasons: They are deadly accurate hunters. See the video below if you don’t believe it.

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Marysville theater stages Noel Coward’s timeless ‘Blithe Spirit’

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Stringed instruments get workout at Cascade Symphony concert

Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” is the orchestra’s first concert of the season.

‘Breathe’ ignores all the inspirational movie cliches

It tells the story of a polio patient and his wife who helped change attitudes about the disabled.

Confusing, muddled thriller confounds talented director, cast

“The Snowman,” based on a Scandinavian crime novel, suffers from catastrophic storytelling problems.

Animating Van Gogh paintings proves to be trippy yet flawed

“Loving Vincent” relates the circumstances of the great painter’s death.

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