From black-and-white to color, the Chehalis River along the Discovery Trail.
Trip reports

Chehalis River Discovery Trail

Previous commitments kept Mr. Adventure and I close to home last weekend, but gorgeous weather beckoned. Luckily, there are plenty of lowland trails nearby that offer great midwinter hiking. We headed to the Chehalis River Discovery Trail, a 3.6-mile ramble along the river just below its confluence with the Skookumchuck River. The trail is adjacent to a working farm, and the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust has partnered with Lewis County and local schools to restore the river’s riparian habitat. It’s a favorite of birders, who’ve spotted more than 150 species spotted along the trail.

On the trail to Lena Lake.
Trip reports

Lena Lake

A stretch of cold, sunny weather practically demands a good hike, and Lena Lake fits the bill. First, though, an otherworldly drive through sea smoke and past eagle sentinels.

The Cascades west of Leavenworth, Washington.
North Cascades, Trip reports, Writing

Of mountains and mountaineers

Storied climber Fred Beckey died on October 30, felled by congestive heart failure at age 94 after a lifetime relentlessly dedicated to putting up routes on peaks around the world. Both Mr. Adventure and I have longstanding connections to Beckey, Mr. Adventure as a former climber and an admirer and me as an historian of the North Cascades. And last Friday, as we drove through unseasonably early snow over two mountain passes on our way to a reading in Leavenworth, we were about to be forcefully reminded of Beckey’s influence in our lives. As I got organized for my talk,…

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