Best picture ever

My friends Dave a Staci came up a few weeks back with their new pup Wazzu.  We went up Deming Mountain to the old fire lookout spot.  I got this picture on the way back.  If  you look closely, you can see that Barley is literally airborne. And smiling.


Barkley, Barley, and Wazzu

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I teach chemistry and I love chemistry, don’t get me wrong.  But I love, love, love being outdoors…heck, I have this here blog where I talk about it.  I believe strongly in giving back and being part of a community so I do several volunteer projects, most citizen science stuff.  One of the things I do is amphibians.  With all the cold and solid water coming out of the sky our egg laying is a bit behind schedule but finally, FINALLY, they have started laying.  Here are a few shots from last weekend.

Chuckanut Community Forest, the frogs are getting busy!


gettin’ busy



come on guys, give a girl a break


Samish headwaters


freshly laid eggs



waiting for the girls


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Blanchard and Stewart, weekend of 3.04.17

More snow.


Lizard in the snow

Apparently, I may have moved to Alaska without knowing it. Today I sent an excited text to a friend that it hadn’t snowed in 2 days…it is the winter that is never ending. Last weekend I hit two local hills, Blanchard and Stewart. Continue reading

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Bowman Mnt. 1.23.17


Baker zoom


9.4 mi rt

max 3380 ft

gain 2799 ft

gpx track, use at your own risk: Bowman


The weather was beautiful and I wanted to stretch my legs so I grabbed Barley and headed out to Bowman.  This is a local hill that can be approached from several ways.  I have not yet been to the true summit (48° 44′ 27” N; 122° 3′ 22” W, 4234 ft.) but I often visit the site where the old fire lookout use to be (N48° 45.357′ W122° 04.412′, 3355 ft.).  The structure is gone but the footings still remain and the views as expected are fantastic. Continue reading

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New Dog friend

I would like to introduce you to Barley


He belongs to my friend Erica who wanted her dog to have fun so she asked if he could  be my new hiking friend. Barley is 7 years old and is a great trail dog and is a good fit.  I think we will be hiking together for awhile.  We have been on 6 or 7 walks together, I would guess close to 50 miles.  He has accepted me as his pack and is independent but always attentive.  I like Barley, he likes the orange scarf I made for him.

What happened to Natalie you ask?


Natalie is my friend Arcadia’s dog.  They were out of town for a week and I was dog sitting.  Nat and I hiked up to Pine and Cedar one snowy day late December.  She was always taking off into the woods after a bird/squirrel/bug/imaginary friend, she never went far but would just jump in all crazy like.  Well, she jumped in and a stick or such punctured her tummy and created a large pocket in her tummy.  That required surgery.  She is fine but she no longer goes with me, I can’t deal with the risk of the crazy. We had a good year together and walked many miles. She will be missed.

Barley is the third dog friend, it all started with Miranda of course.  She was my first.  We had nine good years and thousands of miles but she got old.  I still see her of course at the in-laws, (she was their dog after all) but she can no longer walk far at all.  Getting old sucks.  Miranda was her own kind of crazy…she loved me most and would gladly die protecting me from wild animals and would gladly injure if she felt I was being at all threatened.  This is why I started finding out of the way places to walk, she could not be trusted.  I always said she was 85 lbs of love for me and me alone. I do miss her on my walks, I always felt safe.



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Huntoon Point 1.14.17



4.5 mi rt

1418 ft ascent

5283 ft max

gpx track, use at your own risk: Huntoon


I do this snowshoe every year, it is just that wonderful.  I parked at the upper parking lot for the ski area.  My goal was Huntoon Point, a little left and beyond Artist Point. Continue reading

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Stewart in the snow 1.7.17



8.9 mi rt

2897 ft total ascent

2866 ft max

gpx track, use at your own risk: Stewart


Always in the shadow of our mountain

I have new snowshoes, I wanted to take them out for a spin.  The reason I have new snowshoes is that someone decided they needed my stuff more than I needed my stuff and broke into my truck while I was at work at the community college here in Bellinghome.  I try to keep it in prospective but argh!  people can suck some times. Some kind friends gave me their REI gift cards so I was able to get the new shoes right away and had enough to upgrade.  I stayed with MSR’s and after doing the research chose the Lighting Ascents.  I am quite happy with them. Continue reading

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