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The Long and Short of Owls 

Wintertime visits by Long- and Short-Eared Owls near Stanwood, Wash., as well as a visit by the little Northern Pygmy-Owl near Carnation, Wash. The appearance of the Long-Eareds, who favor shrub-steppe landscape in the eastern part of Washington state, was an infrequent occurrence. The Northern...
Basics

The Additional Essentials 

by Glenn Nelson Everybody, including us, offers a list of the 10 Essentials. No one calls them the Only-10 Essentials. That’s because there are additional, Glad-I-Brought (or Wish-I-Had) Essentials. Study. Bandana (or Wipe Cloth): Because we sweat. We spill. It rains on our glasses. And...
Hikes

On Rating Hikes 

Above: No one said anything about snow on July 31 in Mount Rainier National Park! I am a journalist, so I am accustomed to researching the bejeebers out of everything, including my outdoor experiences. So imagine my surprise when I reached Third Beach in Olympic...
Basics

What’s in My Pack 

by Glenn Nelson I’m a journalist and a gearhead, so all my equipment is heavily researched and curated. Keep in mind that I’m on the trails for the soul-slaking experience, but also to photograph and otherwise record the experience. This is the gear that comes...
NPS

Million-Plus National Parks 

Photo: Sunset at Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Scott Basford (Creative Commons) U.S. National Parks that have a million-plus, year-to-date visitors through the most current month, and ranked by attendance, as reported by the National Park Service. Through Dec 2014: Yellowstone...