Give the people what they want! More Prius! Drove the Adventure Prius up 20+ miles of dirt road in North Cascade National Park. It was one of two cars at the end that wasn't an SUV! Who needs 4 wheel drive anyway. . . . . #lifeinaprius#vanlife @toyotausa @toyota @nationalparkservice
Well, it has been quite a long time! Life was pretty crazy for the last few months (not in a bad way, just very busy), so I didn't really have time to work on photos. But finally things seem to have eased a little bit, at least in this past week. Currently I'm in Seattle, and last weekend did one of the popular day hikes in the North Cascades. I thought it was incredibly beautiful, and with jagged ridges, glaciated mountains, wildflowers, and huge cascading waterfalls... it's easy to see why they call it the American Alps.
After miles of hiking I got so excited to see Lake Ann emerge over the pass that I ran down the trail, flung down my pack and started throwing off my clothes. With the ice there I knew I'd lose my nerve if I didn't just dive in right away.
We have hit the road to explore our new state for a few days—specifically the Cascade mountains! Washington is exceeding my expectations—mystical mossy forests, blue lakes, towering mountains. It doesn’t get much better than these views! These photos are just a few of my favorite spots. #washington#northcascadesnationalpark
My latest hand drawn map #wip. Far from finished, but the North Cascades’ #picketrange is starting to take form. This large scale hand drawn map will have glaciers, lakes, and streams eventually. I’m enjoying drawing this steep rugged terrain.
It’s amazing to see trees in our National Parks. We are fortunate that we have equally impressive trees within the City of Seattle- want to learn more about trees and help #thelast6000, come to our Tree ID Librarian training! Our next Tree ID Training date is Sunday, July 21, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. The location is in the Columbia City neighborhood. We ask that people planning to attend RSVP so we have the correct number of handouts. We also ask that people bring a copy of their favorite tree identification book. RSVP AT www.Thelast6000.org, link in bio.
So last night we realized something... In May 2017 I sliced my left foot open and had to get 3 stitches. Then a few days before my birthday that year I got appendicitis and was down for the count for a good two weeks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And then THIS May I sliced my left foot open AGAIN and had to get 3 stitches AGAIN?! My birthday is next week, should I be scared???
Some say this is the best view in the Cascades. I would have to agree. They also say that the most remote spot in the state is just on the other side of Mount Fury. I would also have to agree. It’s been two years since I sat up here alone and I think about it quite often. Life hasn’t allowed me to spend a lot of time in the mountains over the past couple of years, but memories like these keep the fire alive!
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This one ranks up there with all the really difficult ones. It took 4 hours in the cold with varying degrees of wind and rain. I almost gave up but decided to put on my raincoat and tough it out. My composition didn’t work as I wanted it to work. The darker tree shapes were planned a little differently. I lowered the foreground trees trying to make the less dominant. All the greens were difficult. I quit too soon but I was spent. #pleinair#pleinairpainting
As a teacher, I usually prefer to have grand plans for my summers. Well, this year, we have decided to have a staycation, but still go a lot. And it’s really awesome actually because we get to hike and camp in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Washington, even with a cloudy summer, never disappoints and I’m happy to be home ☺️ • • • #hike#takeahike
Having a partner you can trust is essential in the mountains. They know how you move, they complement your weaknesses and they push you to your limits. The mark of a good climbing partner is one who prefers to stand with you than on the summit. . . . . . . . . #nikon#nikond750
Climbing Sahale with a super all-women Bham Mountaineer crew! Started in the clouds, topped out with some peek-a-boo mountain views, the summit to ourselves, and descended into a near perfect Western Washington evening. Luckily some of the other ladies documented the trip with photos!
Finished up the last night of my trip backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail adjacent to North Cascades National Park. It had special significance to me since this is the area where Jack Kerouac, one of my favorite authors, spent two months as a fire guard on a remote peak. He wrote, “Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” - - #pnw#pnwliving