Mammals of Washington State

Mammals of Washington State

In previous posts I have highlighted the deer family, reptiles, amphibians, and my favorite plants of the Issy Alps. In this post I will highlight the extensive list of mammals in the state of Washington. There are a total of 141 different species of mammals 

San Juan Island Expedition

San Juan Island Expedition

Apryle planned a spur-of-the-moment trip to San Juan Island on June 23rd. The morning of our departure we booked an airbnb cabin in central San Juan Island near Friday Harbor. It was a cute little cottage overlooking a grassy meadow and we were very lucky 

Whistler Canyon FKT

Whistler Canyon FKT

Shortly after the springtails and isopods arrived for Chester the Crested Gecko’s bioactive vivarium, I loaded up Bella the Blue Headed Pionus and Darwin the Green Cheek Conure and we drove up to the small town of Ellisforde midway between Tonasket and Oroville, where Apryle 

STRIVE 20×400 Challenge

STRIVE 20×400 Challenge

On Sunday March 7th, I participated in the STRIVE challenge, which consisted of running 20 400s in 80 seconds with about 70 seconds rest. While running these 400s I wore compression shorts designed by STRIVE which housed EMG sensors to track my muscle activation while 

Arctic Terns: Greatest Endurance Athletes on Earth

Arctic Terns: Greatest Endurance Athletes on Earth

The arctic tern or Sterna paradisaea is one of the most impressive animals on Earth and since I began running long distance, I have always looked upon it as my power animal, whatever that means. The arctic tern belongs to Order charadriiformes, and family Laridae, 

Herps of the Issy Alps Part II: Reptiles

Herps of the Issy Alps Part II: Reptiles

In part I of this series: Herps of the Issy Alps, I covered amphibians; therefore in this post I will describe the reptiles of the area. Reptiles are ectothermic animals that have dry cornified skin containing spiky epidermal scales. They reproduce with internal fertilization and 

Small Park Mini Adventures

Small Park Mini Adventures

I enjoy big adventures in the National Forest, National Park, and even in my own neighborhood Issy Alps, however, sometimes big adventures are in your own neighborhood… That is why I have been visiting smaller, lesser known parks for the past few months and taking 

Hope Island Circumnavigation

Hope Island Circumnavigation

The Puget Sound is often divided into five sections: Whidbey Basin, Admiralty Inlet, Central Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and South Puget Sound. For further context, the Puget Sound is a region of the Salish Sea which I subdivide into four distinct regions: north Salish Sea 

Best of Squak Mountain Half Marathon

Best of Squak Mountain Half Marathon

On a partly sunny 32-degree morning on December 12th I headed up to the Bullitt Fireplace Trailhead on Squak Mountain to participate in Chris Gregory’s Best of Squak Mountain Half Marathon. This was the first race style event that I had participated in since the 

2020 STATISTICS AND SOME LIFETIME STATISTICS

2020 STATISTICS AND SOME LIFETIME STATISTICS

Yearly Totals In 2020 I ran 3652 miles, which is actually 30 more miles than I ran in 2019 and brings my lifetime mileage total to 52273.63. I also biked 138 miles theis year, which is the farthest I have biked since 2014 when I