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Nature Nerd Wednesdays

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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...



We're now well into the summer season, and the Fourth of July is already behind us. I will admit, the Fourth of July is not my favorite holiday, entirely because of fireworks exploding throughout the night, frightening pets and wildlife and leaving the world cloaked in a smoggy sulfurous haze that turns the edges of the sky pink and hides all sight of Rainier and the Olympic Mountains for days afterward.

I found the film below (a time-lapse nature film, naturally) featuring the sweeping desert landscapes and wide open skies of California, Arizona and Utah. As I watched those starry skies glittering on my computer screen, I thought to myself that these are the only "fireworks" I want to see exploding in the heavens above. If only the night skies were dark enough for all these stars to be visible with our…

Wanderings: Lake Twenty Two

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Imagine the most spectacular forest you've ever hiked through. Were there old-growth trees so tall their tops were hidden in the depths of blue sky above, so enormous that it would take half a dozen people wrapping their arms around to encircle the trunk? Was there a broad whitewater creek crashing through the trees, over a bed of smooth boulders and tumbling over towering falls? Were there impressive rock formations tripping up your feet or shouldering their way onto the trail? Was there such a profusion of native plants that within the space of a few footsteps you could identify a dozen different species?

If you recognize this forest, you may have hiked the trail to Lake Twenty Two. If not... let me know where your forest is, so I can check it out too!

Last Saturday, I hiked the Lake Twenty Two trail with my dad, stepmom and sister, in celebration of my dad's 60th birthday (happy birthday, Dad!). The trail was tougher (footing-wise) than we'd expected, but the scenery w…