Ecology

An Autumn of Micro Expeditions

An Autumn of Micro Expeditions

Honey Dew Creek May Creek Linkup Honey Dew Creek is a small meandering stream that flows northwestward into the west flowing May Creek. It is a small open space that I have been curious about exploring after months perusing Newcastle trail maps. However, more importantly […]

The Western Issaquah Alps Piece

The Western Issaquah Alps Piece

In this lengthy post, I plan to briefly overview the trails in the western Issaquah Alps, which I consider to be the Newcastle Open Space, Cougar Mountain, Squak Mountain, and Tiger Mountain. I would love to include Si, Teneriffe, Mailbox and the other mountains further […]

A Exploration of the Columbia Basin

A Exploration of the Columbia Basin

Diffuse light finds its way through pinhole tears in the drab brown curtains. The sun has found its way above the buttes to the east, but the hint of smoke from distant fires cloaks its full brilliance. The dilapidated paneled room is cold. The Budgerigars […]

The Rut 50K, Yellowstone, and Big Sky Adventure

The Rut 50K, Yellowstone, and Big Sky Adventure

The Warm Up The Rut 50K marked the end of a busy 2017 of racing which included several events that have been on my mind for many years. The Rut was quite different from any race I have done in the past, and I knew […]

Cypress Island Circumnavigation

Cypress Island Circumnavigation

Apryle and I started our two day kayak adventure from Sea Farers Park in Anacortes on a partly sunny Wednesday morning. We loaded the tandem kayak full of food and camping gear and pushed off into the waters of Fidalgo Bay. The first leg of […]

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Oregon Coast Puffin Adventure

Each year between April and July the Tufted Puffins descend upon Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon. This is a spectacle that Apryle and I did not want to miss this year, so we packed up the Versa, booked a hotel and made our […]

A Whale of a Visit

A Whale of a Visit

Shortly before the Lake Sonoma 50 miler I got the news that my parents would be making their first trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit. This added to the exponential growth of positives that were climbing the Y axis of my life’s scatter plot. […]

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

Birthday, Bonsai, and Beaches

A Post and Photographic Journey by Apryle Craig Zach & I at Rhododendron Garden This weekend, Zach and I set out for an easy 8-mile run out our back door on Cougar Mountain. It was a nice morning and the miles rolled off easily and […]

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Peru Part 5: Miraflores & Los Pantanos de Villa

Inca Tern To finish out our great Peru adventure, Apryle and I decided to relax in the ocean-front capital city. After a 600 kilometer overnight bus ride we arrived at the bus stop rested and ready to take a taxi to Miraflores. Based on advice […]

Ohio Bird Sanctuary & Mohican State Park

Ohio Bird Sanctuary & Mohican State Park

Blue Jay Perching Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates Ohio’s native birds. The 90 acre sanctuary is situated just southwest of Mansfield and includes hiking trails, birds of prey and a walk-through songbird aviary. It appeared that most of the birds of […]