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Yellowstone National Park by Snowshoe: Out and back to Mystic Falls
February 12, 2020

Yellowstone National Park by Snowshoe: Out and back to Mystic Falls

Out in the backcountry, alone to ourselves below Mystic Falls, we gazed at the thermally colored canyon walls and soaked in the solitude.  We were in no hurry to leave.  Yellowstone had us entranced.

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What’s With the Pink Snow?: A Backcountry Ski Expedition in the Name of Science
December 17, 2019

What’s With the Pink Snow?: A Backcountry Ski Expedition in the Name of Science

he cool air rushed down out of the gully’s opening. The trail quickly disappeared among the tumble of rocks and boulders strewn about. A stream coursed out from under the snout of the receding snowfield that was once known as Spider Glacier. I wasn’t sure whether the goosebumps were from the chill of the cool air or from my excitement. I made it. Within a few steps onto the snowfield, I found what I was looking for, the main reason I had come nine miles into the Glacier Peak Wilderness, the ancestral lands of the Chelan, Wenatchi, Entiat, Yakama and Okanagan peoples. Pink, living, snow. 

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A Visit to Joshua Tree Post Government Shutdown
April 25, 2019

A Visit to Joshua Tree Post Government Shutdown

Nestled amongst the boulders in the heart of Joshua Tree, we watched as the sun crested over the outcrops of the smooth granite rocks, bringing life into Hidden Valley campground. Early risers were already scaling The Old Woman, one of the countless formations that dot the park’s otherworldly landscape. It's March. The rains have mostly subsided, as have the icy winds that kept many away during the earlier part of the month. Daylight savings has also ended, which means more sunlight, warmer weather, and of course, more visitors.

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