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Weekend reading: Relax, up high or with jellyfish

Hello, Friday. I’m so happy to see you. It’s been a busy week around here. I think I need to chill out a bit before… Continue reading

Upcoming outdoors events: Wetlands, avalanches, more

Learn about wetland critters: The Adopt A Stream Foundation presents “Wetland Wrigglers” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, with zoologist Tom Noland and Adopt A… Continue reading

What’s up with the crazy jetpacks on Lake Stevens?

Update: Thanks to Sharon Mohney, my curiosity has been satisfied. The person in that photo is her husband, Mike Mohney. Together, they own Flyboard Funatix.… Continue reading

UW Archives perserve Mountaineers photo albums (gallery)

The photo is black and white. Two climbers pose for a photo on a glacier on Mount Rainier. It’s like many old mountaineering photos, except… Continue reading

Stevens Pass ski area opens for the season

Stevens Pass is open for the season to skiers and snowboarders. The ski area opened on Saturday and, thanks to more snow, plans to stay… Continue reading

Learn how to survive the zombie apocalypse

Oh, REI, how I love you. I don’t even want to know how much of my money I have given them over the years, but… Continue reading

Weekend reading: Climber’s dynos, remajestification

Here’s a little weekend reading to keep you entertained in those times when you can’t be outside having adventures. Beachgoers in Spain discovered a krakken,… Continue reading

Stevens Pass opens rail park to skiers on Saturday

The Stevens Pass Bike Park is closed for the season due to heavy snow. That’s the bad news. That means the Turn N’ Berm Bike… Continue reading

Yes, the North Cascades Highway is open

The WSDOT sent out a quick reminder about the North Cascades Highway, since they have been getting questions about it whether it’s open. The answer:… Continue reading

National parks closed, time to explore somewhere new

As the shutdown of the federal government continues, all national parks are closed. While our parks are, of course, a great place to enjoy the… Continue reading

Learn to build the best birdhouses

When I was about 10, I went on an Audubon trip with my mom. We were tagging along with an Audubon member while he checked… Continue reading

Outdoors events: Mushrooms, avalanches and more

Mushrooms: Langdon Cook, author of “The Mushrooms Hunters,” will be speaking about his book at several upcoming events. He’s in Seattle Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, Dec.… Continue reading

N. Cascades Highway closed, possibly for season

The North Cascades Highway closed on Sunday from milepost 134 to milepost 171, due to heavy snowfall and high winds. The highway closes every year… Continue reading

N. Cascades Hwy closed for winter; this map shows why

The North Cascades Highway is closed for the season. If you ever wondered why, here’s a map that explains it pretty simply. In short, the… Continue reading

Weekend reading: A real-life ‘Fox and the Hound’

Happy weekend! Here’s some reading material to enjoy. Please enjoy it with a warm beverage (six delicious ideas here.) It’s cold outside. And inside. In… Continue reading

Spencer Island worth a visit in this cold, clear weather

If you haven’t been to Spencer Island near Everett lately, you should really go visit. I went for a run there this morning. I nearly… Continue reading

Avalanche seminar and rock rescue clinics in Everett

Today is International Mountain Day, a day designated by the United Nations and intended to draw attention to the important roles mountains play to our… Continue reading

Eagles and waterfalls on a Sauk River wintertime float

The Sauk River is beautiful in the winter. I got the chance to get a good look at it earlier this week on a float… Continue reading

Paradise at Mount Rainier will be open 7 days a week again

Starting Saturday, the road to Paradise from Longmire will be open every day. The park had been closing the road on Tuesdays and Wednesday since… Continue reading

Outdoors events: Bird count, hiking and more

Mushrooms: Langdon Cook, author of “The Mushrooms Hunters,” will be speaking about his book in Seattle on Wednesday. I took a class with him once… Continue reading