In early summer, the forest floor in the western Cascade mountains is lush with sprightly young growth. Last week I took a hike on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, 45 minutes from Seattle. After ten or fifteen miles on a gravel road as pockmarked with potholes as an english muffin with ‘nooks and crannies’ (sorry, car!), I reached the quiet trailhead. I indulged myself and photographed as much as I wanted (oops, 350 photos later…). Experience early summer in the Cascade Mountains in this forest walk photo tour. Continue reading
I like to get outside on the weekends. If I don’t, the brief days blur together. Despite good intentions, I often find myself sleeping in or puttering around the house doing chores rather than getting outside. I also find it harder to get out for a weekend-long trip, never planning ahead enough. I’ve developed some solutions that help me get outside more often, as well as some ideas I want to try (there’s always room for improvement!).
Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, making big plans less feasible. Instead of going on a trip, I’m planning on having a picnic in the park using local, seasonal ingredients. Here’s my (vegetarian) Fourth of July menu for a fun afternoon in the park, including a main and options for salads, drinks, and dessert. Continue reading