About me: I'm an avid hiker, backpacker, ocean -lover, old growth forest fiend, road-tripper, history buff - and everything in between - I've enjoyed Washington state since 1997. The love of outdoors and curiosity of things fit in our world was instilled in me by my parents, who took us kids all over the US - even pulling us out of school (after getting homework assignments from our teachers. I recall sitting at picnic tables doing homework). After obtaining my degree in English, I studied Wetland Science and Management & Environmental Law and Policy at the University of Washington.
My goal is to provide interesting nuggets of information about nature, people, history, places, processes, things and oddities so that you can fine interest in a place at any time - it is not always necessary to be standing at a Grand Destination such as a specific summit or a particular lake to enjoy a place. I can milk a 2-mile stretch of trail for 7 hours simply by looking around and observing things - slime mold, orange-colored water, a sudden change of vegetation for a short stretch, an old rusty door hinge buried in 6 inches of moss off trail that might spur a months-long history research project results in interviews with a local family about their great uncle Norm.
So you see, the journey itself can be the thing of interest; with knowledge and a sense of where you are, what has gone before you, what's growing around you, how it came to be - the journey is within you. Carry it with you and enjoy!
Research on nature articles are from studies done by others. I use science reports from reliable sources such as the US Forest Service, National Parks, US Geological Society, National Soils Resource Conservation and peer-reviewed university work. I provide links or cite where I obtained the information.