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When Mount Baker Erupts: A Cautionary Tale


Note: This eruption story is one of only several possible scenarios for an eruption of Mount Baker. This one is based on the 6600 year old ‘BA’ tephra eruption, the largest from Sherman Crater in the geologic record. A lahar is generated. Certainly a number of other Baker variations could be told. Much depends on wind direction, height and volume of ... Read More »

Mebee Pass Lookout Restoration: A Labor of Love

photo by Steph Abegg

A group of intrepid volunteers spent this past summer restoring the classic Mebee Pass Lookout, located in the Okanogan National Forest west of Mazama, WA. The 80-year old lookout structure (abandoned by the Forest Service 60 years ago) had been saved from total collapse in 2002 by Forest Fire Lookout Association (FFLA) members Barry George, Doug McKeever and Jerry Huddle, ... Read More »

Autumn Adventures at the Pickford Film Center


Fall has many gifts for us here in Cascadia. In the North Cascades, the alpine meadows are painted with autumn colors and the larch trees display their vibrant orange finery. Down by the shores of the Salish Sea, the nights grow crisp and the quality of light grows more intense as the sun’s arc carries it lower in the sky. ... Read More »

Summer Adventures: The mud, the woods & the movies


The dog days of summer are upon us and whether your preferences run to mountain biking, flopping around in mud, or drinking locally-produced beer while watching amazing adventure films, the next few weeks have some cool opportunities to revel in the season. Mountain Biking Madness Located just west of Olympia, WA., Capitol Forest is an epic mountain biking destination. Find ... Read More »

Summer Fun: Cycling, Running and a New Film Festival


With summer ablaze here in the North Country, the opportunities for fun in the sun are plentiful and diverse. Run for a cause at the Third Annual Wind Horse Half Marathon Run for Education on Saturday, July 20th. This 13.1 mile race, organized by the Blue Sky Education Project, begins and ends at Fairhaven Park. The event raises funds for ... Read More »

Upcoming Outdoor Events: Cycling, Running, Survival


The EverybodyBIKE organization is a local treasure: no doubt about that. These tireless (no pun intended) folks work unceasingly to promote cycling – and they’re good at it. Among the many community-oriented things that they do is to offer Smart Cycling Classes, designed to empower and educate cyclists. The latest three-part series kicks off on June 25th at the Bellingham ... Read More »

The Boston Marathon: Reflections and Resolutions


by Cami Ostman I dropped my husband Bill off at eight o’clock so he could catch the bus to the starting line and made my way to the Riverside T Station to park the car. I’d be meeting David, our friend Lindsay’s father, at 9:30 so we could spend the day together watching the race. This was my third time ... Read More »

Obama Creates San Juan Islands National Monument


On March 25, President Obama signed a proclamation creating the San Juan Islands National Monument to permanently protect the BLM Lands in the islands. This was the culmination of years of effort by the community and its elected leaders to ensure permanent protection of these lands. “This is a great achievement,” said Tom Reeve, Lopez Island resident. “It is the result of determined ... Read More »

32nd Annual Tulip Pedal Set for April 20th in La Conner


The 32nd Skagit County’s Annual Tulip Pedal is set for Saturday, April 20, 2013 in La Conner, WA. Tulip Pedal offers three rides – a 20-mile course around the tulip fields between Mount Vernon and La Conner, as well as 40- and 60-mile courses that begin and end at La Conner Middle School. The courses take riders through the spectacularly colorful tulip fields ... Read More »