It’s snake season in the South Sound

On my weekly trail run today, I spotted three garter snakes basking along the side of the path. Each was about 12-16 inches in length and had the familiar yellow stripes running the length of their black bodies. I stopped when I saw the first one because I wanted to see if it was alive (i.e. poke at it with a stick). It was, but quite lethargic as it awaited the sun’s rays to heat up its cold blood to

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Fish, fowl, fauna: American Expedition has it all

No offense, but Valentine’s Day caters to the ladies. Just look around any store you’ve been in since Christmas…flowers, chocolate, hearts, champagne, stuffed animals, cards, jewelry, and more. But if you’re looking for a unique, attractive and useful gift for your husband or boyfriend this Valentine’s Day, look no further than gear from American Expedition. That’s not to say that ladies won’t be interested in the vast collection of wildlife-adorned accoutrement. To the contrary, American Expedition has a great

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More than just parks: Olympic National Park

I got an e-mail recently from a team of brothers who are traveling around the country documenting the wondrous scenery of America’s 59 National Parks. Their first stop? Right here in Washington, in one of my favorite places…Olympic National Park. Their video is a culmination of a month’s time spent videoing some of the most incredible parts of Olympic National Park. It’s a dazzling 4 minute short film that takes the viewer on a visually stunning journey through the

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Northwest Trek: Experience Washington’s wildlife in the outdoors

In a split second, I knew it was a bald eagle as it shot by about ten feet overhead. I had never been that close to one in flight before. The unmistakable white markings, yellow beak and talons and gargantuan wingspan that easily distinguished it from the more common ravens and falcons in Ocean Shores were clearly visible just before it disappeared over the roofline as quickly as it had materialized. On the third-floor balcony of the house that borders

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