Showing posts from August, 2015

Wanderings: Snow Lake

Every once in awhile, it's good to push yourself outside your comfort zone, just to prove that, in fact, you can do the very things you tend to dissuade yourself from even attempting. This was exactly what I did over the weekend, as I loaded my backpack into my car and drove east along I-90. Alone. It was still fairly early in the morning when I reached Snoqualmie Pass. The morning sun was just starting to warm the forested slopes, and fluffy clouds were sailing upward, lifting from their night's slumber clinging to the Cascade mountain peaks. My objective for the day: hiking to Snow Lake, one of 700 lakes found in the aptly-named Alpine Lakes Wilderness within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

I glanced at the clock on the dashboard and was pleased to see that I was just about on time. I took exit 52... and then drove five miles down the wrong road and ended up being half an hour late by the time I finally arrived at the parking lot for the Snow Lake trailhead, whe…

Wanderings: Cedar River Watershed

A white-hot sun beat down unabated from the brilliant blue August sky, its warmth heating the hundred-year-old concrete dam beneath my feet and radiating up in waves all around me. I gulped a much-needed drink of water from my water bottle, slightly in awe of the fact that the very water I was drinking now, which I'd brought from home, had recently come from the sparkling pool of deep blue water before me.

Yesterday, on the scorching first day of August, I toured the Cedar River Watershed and visited my drinking water at the source. The Cedar River Watershed Education Center, operated by Seattle Public Utilities, offers fantastic tours of the watershed every weekend from July through September. These 2.5 hour-long bus tours are led by very knowledgeable and friendly naturalists from the Education Center, and take visitors through the watershed that provides drinking water to the greater Seattle area.

I highly recommend making the drive out to North Bend to visit the Education Cen…