Herman the Vancouver Island Marmot wishes you all a Happy Groundhog day!

Yes, they celebrate Groundhog Day in Canada too! And groundhogs, also known as woodchucks in Eastern North America are marmots. So that makes Vancouver Island marmots woodchucks, too! Sadly Herman passed away last year in the Toronto Zoo but he wanted to thank the US Postal Service for featuring him among 19 other Endangered species…

Read More

300.5 Miles Hiked and Run and $10,124 Raised

It was another great Hike-a-thon! Wow! I’m always so physically and emotionally drained come September 1 after putting some serious miles on the trail in August and spending two months trying to convince you all why you should make a donation to my Hike-a-thon benefiting the Washington Trails Association. Since 2012 I have participated in…

Read More

351.6 Miles Hiked and Run and More than $11,000 Raised

It was my most successful Hike-a-thon, ever! Wow! I am still catching up on my rest and trying to catch up with my work after an amazing August. Since 2012 I have participated in the Washington Trails Association’s annual Hike-a-thon as a way to have a little fun and help give back to the trails…

Read More

My most successful Hike-a-thon ever!

350.9 Miles Hiked and More than $10,200 Raised It was my successful Hike-a-thon, ever! Wow! I am still catching up on my rest and trying to catch up with my work after an amazing August. Since 2012 I have participated in the Washington Trails Association’s annual Hike-a-thon as a way to have a little fun…

Read More

Andiamo, It’s Time to Hit the Trail!

It’s that time again! I am once again participating in the annual Hike-a-Thon for the Washington Trails Association! Last year we raised more than $7700 for our trails! WOW! If you were among my donors-a big thanks once again for your generosity! If you weren’t, please consider helping out this year! And of course if…

Read More

Murder Hornets Attracted to Loud Music

Scientists have recently revealed that Asian Giant Hornets, lovingly referred to by many as Murder hornets are attracted to loud music. There have been several incidents over the past year where hikers were viciously attacked and repeatedly stung by the insects. The one thing that every one of these hikers and groups of hikers had…

Read More

Pandemic Ponderings

It’s been a long past 12 months. But on this First day of Spring 2021, the sun is finally shining a little bit brighter on us. I spent a lot of time on the trail this past year doing a lot of thinking about us as a society, our relationships with the land, and what…

Read More

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Marmots

Happy Groundhog Day! Today marks the 135th Anniversary of this Holiday being celebrated in the United States.  The tradition of Groundhog Day in America started with Pennsylvania Germans. The custom of the groundhog predicting weather goes back to ancient Europe where a badger was actually used for the prediction. There are very few badgers in…

Read More

Hike-a-thon was a huge Success!

325.1 miles hikes and more than $7700 raised for our trails! Wow. I am still catching by breath and catching up with my work after an amazing August. Since 2012 I have participated in the Washington Trails Association’s annual Hike-a-thon as a way to have a little fun and help give back to the trails…

Read More

Closing Restrooms is a Crappy Idea

Covid-19 is no doubt a serious health threat, and we should be doing all we can to avoid contracting it. However, so is hepatitis and a buttload of other nasty diseases—and having to negotiate a fecal minefield is just as risky as being in a crowded room of people coughing and sneezing. While I applaud…

Read More