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One Night With Lena Lake

Lilliwaup, Wash.–

Lena Lake happened to be a beautiful place to go early in the season.  Fortunately, it did not live up to its Animal House reputation.   208 more words


The Trixie Marmot?

Looking back at these Olympic marmot pictures I was struck by how they resemble our tortoiseshell cat, Trixie. In cats the mixed brown & black fur pattern can occur in females (or rarely in males with two XX chromosomes) where the primary color varies randomly from cell to cell, but in the marmots I think their coats are changing from light brown early in the season to dark brown near the end, and the marmots I saw on this occasion in the fall were in the process of transition.


The Olympic Marmot

I’ve only ever seen Olympic marmots once, near the road on the way back from Obstruction Point after a day of hiking at Hurricane Ridge. The marmots are endemic to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, the National Park service has… 6 more words


Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion (Sounds of the Hoh River)

“A stream is music and motion:  smooth glides, fast, turbulent riffles and deep pools, each posing a special challenge.”

Nelson Bryant

We could hear music from the Hoh River long before we reached this rocky beach in the Olympic National Park.   50 more words


Review: Cape Alava and Ozette Triangle

Some Washington hiking areas give you a chance to meander through magnificent old-growth forests and under massive evergreens draped with moss and lichens. Others offer you the opportunity to explore Washington’s coasts, letting you pick your way along gravelly shores littered with beach wood and see precarious sea stacks standing tall just off shore. 1,113 more words

Trail Review

Park poetry walks

Take yourself on a poetry walk in Olympic National Park. The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) and Olympic National Park are offering a series of… 39 more words


Backcountry Reservations

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, my last term of school is keeping me extremely busy. But I am alive and well, as are my plans for the summer. 356 more words