and Dale Melsness
Jim took me to his favorite hike in Connecticut, a stretch of the Appalachian trail near the border with Massachusetts and New York.
Mountain Loop Highway
Dale and I walked several of the short roadside trails on a wet, moody day
Early autumn color on an easy stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail near Mount Rainier.
Gold Creek Pond Birds
Our prize find on this one-mile path in Snoqualmie Pass was a Wilson's Snipe
Big Four Bird Watching
Big Four Ice Cave was closed by a recent tragedy. The surrounding trails were deserted except for some magnificent birds.
Snow Gem Wright
Beyond popular Snow Lake lie the less visited Gem Lake and Wright Peak, first-rate destinations less than an hour from Seattle.
Perfection in Portland's legendary rose gardens. With Garrett and Don.
A hike to this legendary lake near Index with Brian
San Francisco To Vancouver
A 2-day cruise from San Francisco to Vancouver with Dale
Wildflowers, windmills, and petrified wood in the desert with Ted
Early season desert hiking with Brian, Garrett, and his brother Jim
Mark Hinton Garden
Our friend, a professional landscaper, has a back yard filled with unusual plants.
Carbon River Bike
A bike ride with Ted on a road-turned-trail in Mount Rainier National Park
A bit of wilderness in my own backyard. This was my first visit to a neighborhood park which even has cabins for camping.
Union Bay Natural Area
A few birds and other creatures spotted on a walk with Dale in this preserve on the University of Washington campus.
Rhododendron Botanical Garden
Even in Frebruary, there was plenty to see at this species garden in Federal Way
The first of only 2 ski trip taken in this almost snowless winter.
Decompression On The Coast
A winter weekend at the southwest corner of Washington
2014 - Gibraltar, Spain, Morocco, and Portugal
Dale and I began our 3 week tour in this tiny British colony on the Mediterranean.
We headed up to the Andalusian hill town of Ronda for Semana Santa (holy week).
From Spain, we took the ferry to Tangier Morocco.
Next we headed to the Chefchaouen, in the Rif mountains.
Moulay Idriss and Volubilis, Morocco
A holy town and Roman ruins in the middle of Morocco.
The ancient city of Fes, the largest carless urban area in the world.
The Atlas ranges and Sahara
We joined another couple for a 5-day tour of the Atlas ranges and Sahara.
Our last stop in Morocco - souks and a spectacular public square.
A few days in Lisbon and Sintra before heading home.
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Bird watching on a pictursque day with Dale.
Mazama Ridge, Mt Rainier, NP
An early-season ski with Bill, Brian, and Frank.
A backpack from the north rim to the river with Brian and Garrett.
Union Bay Natural Area
Bird watching in Seattle with Dale.
Golden larches with Brian and Ted.
West Cady Ridge
3 days of ridge-walking bliss in the Central Cascades with Bill, Brian and Steve.
Tubal Cain, Olympic NP
A solo fast-and-light backpack to the wildflowers and a bit of history.
Grand Park, Mt Rainier NP
A day hike with David, Eric and Brian, plus an overnight with Ted and Alexei.
Carbon River, Mt Rainier NP
A solo bike-hike daytrip to the snout of a glacier.
A tour of the Muir Snowfield and steep Nisqually Chutes in Mt. Rainier National Park, with Garrett, Brian, and Frank.
Ringing in the new year with cactus and birds in southern Arizona.
A wet, icy day brought solitude to one of the most popular hiking destinations in Washington.
A tour of Fidalgo and Whidebey Islands with Dale.
A snowy hike to lakes in Mt Rainier National Park
A day hike amongst the larches and early season snow with Garrett and Whipple.
A day hike among the coulees of central Washington with Brian and Ted.
A 3-day backpack in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness with Steve, Garrett, Bill, and Brian.
Sunrise Visitor Center, Mt Rainier
A picnic lunch under blue skies with Garrett, Don, and Bill.
Around Snoqualmie Pass
Photos from a few solo day hikes near Franklin Falls and Lake Lillian.
Mt Adams - Southwest Chutes
Skiing the second highest peak in the state with Bill, Brian, Frank, and Garrett.
An after-work ski of Silver Peak, south of Snoqualmie Pass, has become an annual tradition. With Garrett, Frank, and Bill.
Point 7760 and the Birthday Tour
Two sunny days of skiing in the North Cascades with Brian and Garrett.
A desert ridge walk about 15 miles east of Ellensburg, with Bill and Brian.
My seventh ski week at this backcountry ski hut in the Purcell range.
Dale and I began our trip in the capital city, San Jose, on a quiet Christmas day.
We drove west from San Jose, briefly touching the Pacific, then up to the mountain town of Santa Elena for bird, coffee and night tours.
Just up the road from Santa Elena, we toured the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, plus a cafe visited by hundreds of dazzling hummingbirds.
Surprise Lake and beyond
A 3-day backpacking trip in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness with 6 friends.
Snow and Gem Lakes
A solo hike to the deservedly popular Snow Lake, Gem Lake, and Wright Peak
A hike to a summit at the western edge of North Cascades NP with Mary and Bill
A solo hike to a popular alpine lake just 45 minutes from Seattle
Carbon River by bike
A carless, overnight bike trip to Mt Rainier National Park
Iron Peak and Longs Pass
A spectacular ski through three passes near the North Fork Teanaway.
Mount Saint Helens
A ski to the crater rim with Garrett and Frank on a perfect April day.
My sixth trip to a backcountry ski hut in Britsh Columbia's Purcell Range.
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Dale and I visited Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, about an hour south of Seattle, for the first time.
Castle Peak circumnavigation
Garrett and I skied clockwise around Castle Peak, in Mount Rainier National Park's Tatoosh Range.
On a warm, sunny day when most of Mt. Rainier was covered in boilerplate ice, Brian and I found pockets of powder in the trees of Mazama Ridge.
Heather and Maple Passes
Blue skies, golden larches, and fresh snow above Rainy Pass in the North Cascades.
A damp but nice hike with Bill and Brian in Mt Rainier National Park.
Carbon River and Glacier
An afternoon bike and hike to the snout of the the Carbon Glacier in Mt Rainier National Park.
Tinkham Peak and Mirror Lake
A day hike near Hyak with Bill and Brian. We had the entire mountain to ourselves on a beautiful day.
Bean and Beverly basins
An overnight trip in the Teanaway headwaters with Bill, Steve and Brian.
A few pictures from the state forests near Ashford, Connecticut.
A big day with Garrett on the northeast side of Mount Rainier.
Iron Peak and Longs Pass
A ski through three 6000 foot passes in the Teanaway region.
Biking to Marin Headlands
A bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands on a perfect day in May.
A great ski with Bill, Brian, and Garrett on the ridge we can see out our cabin window in Snoqualmie Pass.
China, Vietnam, and Laos 2010
Dale and I began our month-long tour with a week in China's Yunnan province.
We spent week 2 touring northern Vietnam.
Week 3 was in Luang Prabang and Vientiane, in northern Laos.
Back to China
Back to Seattle via Kunming, Beijing, and the Great Wall, in 48 hours.
Read the blog that we wrote during our adventure.
Lichtenberg is just east of Stevens Pass. Bluebird skies, a big mountain, no people, and a surprising powder stash made for a great day.
Thomas Mountain - Domerie Divide
Wildflowers, beautiful old-growth forest, and views outside Easton.
Silver Peak NW Bowl
Bill and I were able to ski right from the car at Windy Pass, wearing just shorts and a T-shirt.
Silver Peak again
Silver Peak was so nice that I returned a week later with Brian and Garrett.
A solo backpack in the headwaters of the Teanaway River.
My first hike to the top of this prominent peak on the south side of I-90
Whidbey Island and Olympic Peninsula by Bike
A train, 3 ferries, and 150 miles on a bike.
Lost Creek Ridge
A 3-day backpack in Glacier Peak Wilderness with Brian and Steve, with a guest appearance by Garrett.
An eight-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro by the Lemosho Route.
Five days of wildlife viewing in Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire parks.
From Moshi to Dar es Salaam to the island of Zanzibar.
Another amazing birthday week skiing in the Purcells.
Chelan Lakeshore Trail
A ferry ride to Stehekin and solo backpack along Lake Chelan.
Muir Snowfield and Paradise Glacier
A ski on the Muir Snowfield and Paradise Glacier with Bill and Brian. We dubbed it the Beautiful Light Tour.
A ski summit of Mount Ruth, in Mount Rainier NP, with Bill.
A hike just outside of North Bend with Brian and Brian.
A ski through Headlee Pass, toward Vesper Peak, with Brian, Garrett and Bill.
Two nights at a nameless lake in the North Cascades with Steve, Garrett, and a few goats.
Wing Lake and Black Peak
Two nights at Wing Lake in the North Cascades with Ted, Garrett, and Bill.
A nearly 5000 vertical foot ski of the Muir Snowfield with Garrett.
January 13, 2008
A ski tour to Silver Peak, starting from the Silver Fir chair at Summit Central.
Rick's fourth trip to the Purcells.
Mt. Larrabee and Tomyhoi
A backpack in the North Cascades with Garrett, with a scramble of Mt. Larrabee.
A hike in Mt. Rainier NP from Mowich Lake to Spray Park with Bill and Brian.
The first ski of the seaon with Garrett.
Rick's third trip to the Purcells.
Silver Star Mountain
April 28, 2007
Skiing Silver Star Mountain in the North Cascades with Garrett.
May 12, 2007
Skiing Mount Pilchuck with Garrett and Brian.
July 4, 2007
Hiking Silver Peak with Tom, Craig, Brian, Garrett and Steve.
July 7, 2007
A hike to Lakes Laura and Lillian with Brian and Brian.
July 14, 2007
A summit ski of Mount Baker with Garrett and Bill.
August 3, 2007
Backpacking in the North Cascades with Ted, Garrett, Brian and Brian.
October 10, 2007
The first ski of the season with Bill.
Hurd State Park
We had this state park along the Connecticut River all to ourselves on a cloudless January day.
China K2 Trek
May 24 - June 25, 2005
A month-long trek through the Karakoram range to the K2 advanced base camp.
A backpack with Denise on the wilderness coast of Olympic National Park.
A scramble of Vesper Peak's less-visited companion, Sperry Peak, with Bill, Ted and Brian.
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