A day at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Last week, I explored the largest volcano in the Cascade Range, including the youngest lava flow in Oregon and miles of unique and interesting landscapes. This is a fairly new national monument, formed in 1990. It is a shield-shaped composite volcano covering 1,200 square miles (about the size of Rhode Island). Though the last eruption … Continue reading A day at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument

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The five most popular hikes in Washington State.

For recreation, I hike, for my work I find, assess and disseminate data related facts. When I am homebound and can’t hike on my day off…well... Today I pulled data from the Washington Trails Association hiking guide: http://www.wta.org/go-outside/hikes With this, I tried to determine the "most popular" hikes in Washington State. As with many things, … Continue reading The five most popular hikes in Washington State.

Three days on the waters of the San Juan Islands

"There, do you see it?" A bubble floated across the water, a perfect unwavering sphere shining above the waves on this beautiful sunny June day. "Another one!" someone else calls out. There were several floating across the water, never popping or flinching, just passing us by. A magical moment among magical moments. "Do you think … Continue reading Three days on the waters of the San Juan Islands