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Heat, smoke and Blue Angels!

This week is a bit of a weird one. We’ve got unusually intense heat here in Seattle and given that 75% of the Puget Sound population doesn’t have air conditioners (including us), it’s proving to be quite interesting. Even Canada is having issues with the heat. They’ve got seriously huge forest fires sending smoke hundreds of miles down the coast. Seattle seems to be bathing in it. One awesome bi-product of the smoke is amazing sunrises and sunsets. This morning […]

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The wildflowers have exploded at Mount Rainier

For this past adventure, Christine led me to Mount Rainier National Park. She had learned from a co-worker that now is the time to visit Berkeley Park for wildflowers. So that’s just what we did. Waking up at 5AM is a bit rough but we wanted to beat the crowds. And thankfully we did. Only a handful of cars were at the Visitor Center by the time we arrived. Even from the parking lot the park was showing its stuff. […]

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Now presenting the gorgeous Lake 22!

Christine and I decided to check out the mysteriously named Lake 22 this weekend. The hike to the lake combines the best of mountain rainforests, old-growth, wetlands, and mountain views, yet it is readily accessible. Well sort of. The hike itself is generally pretty straightforward but incredibly rocky. Tricky footing and pointy rocks left our feet in need of a serious break by the time we reached our destination. The views were stunning. Photos make this place look small but […]

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Visited Mount St Helens for the first time!

This place is amazing. We timed our visit out perfectly and got an awesome wildflower show. On our visit yesterday we hiked out towards Harry’s Ridge, named for an old man who refused to leave his home when the volcano exploded 37 years ago. Christine and I made it just a little over 2 miles in before we turned back to catch the sunset at Loowit Viewpoint.

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Obama Creates Two National Monument in Southwest

Adventure Journal | Steve Casimiro | December 28, 2016

Move was widely expected, but conservationists, environmentalists rejoice nonetheless.

That President Barack Obama has been considering creating a new national monument on Cedar Mesa in southern Utah has been no great secret, but fans of federal public lands were thrilled today when Obama actually went through with it and signed the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in being and also created the 300,000-acre Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada.

“For hundreds of generations,” Obama’s Bears Ears proclamation says, “native peoples lived in the surrounding deep sandstone canyons, desert mesas, and meadow mountaintops, which constitute one of the densest and most significant cultural landscapes in the United States. Abundant rock art, ancient cliff dwellings, ceremonial sites, and countless other artifacts provide an extraordinary archaeological and cultural record that is important to us all, but most notably the land is profoundly sacred to many Native American tribes, including the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah Ouray, Hopi Nation, and Zuni Tribe.”

Recreation Is Tougher on Critters Than You Might Think

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Adventure Journal | Taylor Grant | December 13, 2016

Non-motorized has more impact than motorized? A new study shows some surprising results.

Most of us human-powered adventurers like to think we move through the wilderness with a minimum of impact. Leave no trace, right? That’s for motorcycles and ATVs and snow machines. Well, not so fast. A new study, or rather, a meta-study of other studies, found that the effect of human recreation on animals is tangible, substantial, widespread, and greater than previously thought.

The study was a joint effort by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Colorado State University, and University of California-Berkeley. It looked at 274 other studies worldwide and found that they documented human impact on animals in 93 percent of the cases, most of it negative. Surprisingly, signs pointed to non-motorized recreation having a greater negative effect that motorized.

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