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Hiking the Palisades and Ranger Creek Trails

July 5th, Jeff Acorn and I completed the loop trail highlighted in the July 3, 2008 PI. It was Jeff’s idea to do a 15-mile hike, and my idea to do it on a Saturday. We both got what we wanted. We were hobbling by the end, but enjoyed it a lot.

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Categories: Gaia, Travel

Hiking to Twin Falls

February 18, 2008 Leave a comment

I convinced Jeff Acorn to get up early and drive us up into the Cascades based on a description of a trail that was promised to be open all year. Not this year! Snow on the road convinced us to turn back long before we reached the trail head. But I had a back-up plan, Twin Falls, part of Olallie State Park, a “popular family-friendly” hike that is at an elevation well-below the snow level even this year, and which neither of us had visited previously.

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Categories: Gaia, Travel

Weather report

taking the bus home today
while the bike is in the shop for a tune-up
sun is shining

a couple of stops before mine,
a pounding sound is heard on the roof
like you’d hear passing under low tree branches

hard rain
I pull out my umbrella
head out the door into a shower
(no less powerful than yours)

bus pulls away
there’s my shadow on the ground
I walk home under the umbrella

there’s hail mixed with the rain
and a rainbow to the northeast

Had to stop and laugh at the beauty of the sun shining through that heavy rain.

Categories: Gaia

Mt. Townsend Hike

September 17, 2002 Leave a comment

An overnight hike in the company of Mr. A.L. Jacobson and Ms. E. Roehl, September 11-12, 2002. Mt. Townsend is in the northeastern Olympics, above the town of Quilcene, WA. From the top, the view includes Victoria, Port Townsend, Seattle, and Bremerton. Along the trail, ALJ identified 16 different berries. Snapshots.

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Categories: Friends, Gaia, Travel


When the quake hit Seattle on February 28, 2001, I was in a meeting with more than 20 other people at the UW South Campus Center. After about the first 3 seconds of shaking, someone calmly said: “This is an earthquake. We should get under the table.”

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Categories: Gaia