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Ascending Saint Helens, Part 3 of 4: More than a mountain

I was almost five years old when I rode on my father’s back during a hike on Mt. Rainier one sunny Saturday afternoon. During that walk, he paused for a moment while viewing the distant, lofty, snow-capped peak to the southwest, speculating aloud on the possibility of one of the 18 volcanoes in the Cascade … Continue reading »

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A well-deserved break for our heroes

One of Washington’s jewels is our state park system.  Yes, it is expensive to run, and goodness knows the political shenanigans that take place to keep it alive.  But… if you look around our state, we have some pretty awesome parks within reach of almost everyone in the state.  It is well worth the cost … Continue reading »

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Paving over history at old Fort Steilacoom

Earlier this week I became aware of a plan to pave over part of the parade grounds at old Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood. The property belongs to Western State Hospital – itself an icon of Washington State History – and the hospital is managed by the state Department of Social and Health Services. Through my … Continue reading »

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Fishing trip to Ferry County

I’d been looking forward to this trip since I was about 14, I just never knew it until this year. My dad goes on a fishing trip with his friend, Lyn Hartman, to Twin Lakes just about every year. And every year he asks me if I want to go. During the college years, I … Continue reading »

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