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National Squirrel Appreciation Day–what a nutty idea!

January 21, 2014

How could I get through most of January 21st without realizing that it is National Squirrel Appreciation Day? Yep-another one of those appreciation days decreed by some declaration somewhere sometime in the past. Evidently this one was founded back in 2001  by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator in Asheville, North Carolina in the Great Smoky…

Twenty-five and going strong-What a streak!

January 12, 2014

Oh how I wish this headline referred to my age-but alas time keeps marching on! And boy has it! It was January 1990 when I entered and ran my first Nookachamps Winter Run race. And I have run in this race every year since. Yesterday marked my 25th consecutive Nookachamps! It is my longest running…

Meet Mazie the Manx

January 7, 2014

Many of you know that last February, I lost one of the loves of my life, when Scruffy Gray headed to kitty heaven. Scruffers’ departure left a huge hole in my heart and a vacancy in my home office. Giuseppe our Maine coon is still with us and while he is great at getting me…

Winter Sunsets set my heart aglow!

January 4, 2014

I absolutely love winter sunsets–and there’s no better place to experience them than at the ocean. Now, naturally some of the finest sunsets that I have witnessed have been along the Pacific Ocean–particularly at Olympic National Park. Pick a dry spell at this rainy coast and be delighted with a fiery red horizon come late…

Here Comes the Sun

December 22, 2013

Do you celebrate the Winter Solstice? Most folks who partake in the more secular aspects of the Christmas season in essence do celebrate the Solstice in one way or another. For me, this time of year is usually a deeply reflective time. In fact, when the Solstice arrives with its promise of more daylight each…

Dang! Now that’s cold!

December 18, 2013

Last weekend I entered a cross-country run on Whidbey Island. It was a refreshing 23 degrees out and I stripped down to run in my shorts. Just like I had been doing all week during our Northwest freeze. And per usual many a passerby, runner and non runner alike inevitably asks me, “aren’t you cold?!”…

Sugar Maples and Joshua Trees–On the Trail in 2013

December 16, 2013

I love this time of the year. The short days and long nights of the Winter Solstice prompting me to slow down, recharge, reflect, and relax. The spiritual and joyous nature of Christmas instilling in me hope, renewal and an appreciation of family, friends and blessings. And the excitement of the New Year allowing me to…

Merry Christmas Bird Count!

December 13, 2013

There was a great front page story today in my local newspaper, the Skagit Valley Herald on the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts in the county. Skagit County is one of the best places in Washington state for bird watching and this region is known for its thousands of wintering snow geese, trumpeter and tundra swans,…

Natural Skagit

December 12, 2013

Natural Skagit: A Journey From Mountains to Sea This new book designed to celebrate and help protect wildlife habitat and rural landscapes in Skagit County, Washington was launched to an excited crowd of over 300 at Skagit Gardens on November 13, 2008. Published by the Skagit Land Trust, the book was a major collaborative effort consisting of eight main authors, several…

Day Hiking Central Cascades

December 12, 2013

Day Hiking Central Cascades: Stevens Pass / Alpine Lakes / Lake Wenatchee Author: Craig Romano | Photographer: Alan Bauer | Publisher: Mountaineers Books | Price: $18.95 Close to Seattle, many of these trails will get big-city dwellers into the wild and back home for dinner or are in vacation destinations such as Chelan that you…