Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

A shady creek in North Cascades NP, September 2015. Water levels were low after last year's drought. Lainey Piland photo

We've been experiencing some outrageously hot weather here in western Washington for the past few days. Temperatures in the upper 80's-- even hitting 90 in some places-- is not the weather we're accustomed to enduring in April! I've been sweltering in a non-air-conditioned office for the past few days, and I know I'm not the only one wilting in this heat and hoping for the return of those April showers.

Take a break from the heat this Nature Nerd Wednesday, and escape to the misty peaks, mossy forests and cold mountain streams of North Cascades National Park with this film by Rich Parry. Coincidentally, this week also happens to be National Park Week, and I think this little-known national park in north-central Washington state deserves some love. Take a look:

North Cascades National Park 2012 from Rich Parry on Vimeo.

Ahhh, that feels much better. Can't you just feel the cold spray on your face? Stay cool out there!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this Lainey! I love the North Cascades. In some way I can't fully explain, I'm most drawn to the North Cascades than anywhere else in the region. Something about the large roadless area, relatively pristine and untrammeled wilderness...
    And yes, that hot spell was freaky! I had to remind myself, this is APRIL! It can't last.