Our Life in the Pacific Northwest

Our hidden volcano threat.

Today is the 35th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980. I grew up in California so I missed experiencing it in person and remember watching it on tv wondering if the ash could reach California.  I also recall in 6th grade someone bringing a vial full of ash from Mount St. Helens. I remember thinking that it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. I instantly became fascinated with volcanoes and mountains of the world which may have also created  my crazy geography fascination. Anyway that concludes my 10 year old recollection of the eruption of Mount St Helens.

On May 18th 1980 Mount St Helens erupted killing 57 people. Naturally the news media is widely covering the anniversary which lead me to an interesting article about a subject I have heard about before but never really paid much attention to.   Did you know that there is an active volcano in Snohomish County called Glacier Peak? 

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Big Four Ice Caves Collapsing

It’s been all over the news the last few days that because of the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had this year Big Four Ice Caves is unstable and is collapsing.

Lead Field Ranger Matthew Riggen said in a news release. “The cave is in a condition that we would normally not see until at least September – large, inviting and collapsing.”

This makes me nervous since I know many curious people have ventured into the caves, myself included. Yes, about 5 years ago my curiosity and my camera lead me into the caves and it wasn’t until 9 days later when a young girl was killed and her mother injured that I realized just how reckless and stupid I had been. If you want to read more about that day click here: BIG FOUR ICE CAVES.

Heed the warnings and let other people know how dangerous the caves are this year. The more people who know the less likely we will have another senseless tragedy,

The Little Free Library

 My Little Free Library


  Every morning as I walk my son to the bus stop we check our little free library and everyday there’s a new book or two and some are gone. This is a great feeling! We’ve had our little free library for about two months now and it’s so exciting to see it being used as much as it is. My neighbor said she has seen cars drive up with kids exchanging books. I love that a little box full of books is reaching so many people!

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Sea Star Wasting Disease

Pacific Coast

Anyone who knows me knows that I have always been fascinated by low tides and tide pools. For years I  dragged my kids and whoever would go with me to low tide, especially the extreme low tides that occur 3 or 4 times a year. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of starfish in the last  7 years and the sun starfish has always been my favorite. I have a particular location in Edmonds that I go to where there has always been tons and tons of starfish during extreme low tides. For more info on that spot click here. A photo I had taken at this particular beach of a crawling sun starfish won an honorable mention in the Seattle Times Photos of the year.  (Pictured below)



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Dungeness Spit Hike

Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge/Dungeness Recreation Area
Sequim Wa.
Olympic Peninsula


I’ve had my eye on this hike for a really long time, so I chose Dungeness Spit for our family camping trip last summer. A “Spit” is  a narrow point of land extending into a body of water. Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the United States and there is a working lighthouse at the end of the 5 mile trek. You can read more about the New Dungeness Lighthouse here.

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Dungeness Recreation Area Campground

Dungeness Recreation Area Campground

Sequim Washington

Olympic Peninsula


Dungeness Recreation Area is known as the portal to the Dungeness Spit. When I found this out I was ecstatic! Dungeness Spit hike was on my to do list for a long time but since there is no overnight backpacking and I live hours (and a ferry ride) away I didn’t think it was possible. Since this campground is only half reserve-able and there were none left for that weekend, I felt anxious about chancing the drive all the way there. We planned this trip with our friends who couldn’t arrive until Friday night so we left early (6:30 am) Friday morning  in hopes that at least one camper would be leaving at a check out time. Fortunately for us several people were leaving, probably to avoid the busy weekend. The first site we found was decent but a little small for two families. We started to set up and noticed a couple packing up at what looked like a group site. They walked over to us as they were leaving and told us that their site was the best in the campground and that we should snatch it up before someone else grabbed it.

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New Dungeness Lighthouse

New Dungeness Lighthouse
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Sequim Washington


New Dungeness Lighthouse is located on Dungeness Spit on the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in the town of Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula. To get to the lighthouse you must hike 5 miles on a natural sand spit.  A “Spit” is  a narrow point of land extending into a body of water. The hike is long but worth it. You definitely need to time your hike according to the tides. During low tide there is enough sand to walk comfortably. At high tide you’ll be walking on logs and rocks and it will take you much longer. Check out my Dungeness Spit Hike post for more info.

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George and Martha: Lake Steven’s Resident Eagles

George and Martha
Lake Stevens, Washington
August 19th, 2012

Last month I was deeply saddened when I found out that one of our Lake Stevens resident eagles, affectionately known as George and Martha, was killed by a lightning strike in a 125ft tree near the lake.  The news reports had said that a bald eagle was found in the rubble of a tree that was struck by lightning at about 9am July 13th and that a juvenile eagle was spotted in a tree close by.  They believe that the juvenile was the offspring of the adult eagle which made the news even more heartbreaking.

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100,000 hits!!


My blog hit 100,000 hits and I didn’t even notice! I looked at my sidebar just now and saw that it’s at 101,762 hits! Thanks to everyone who actually reads it and comments!

I promise I will find the time to post more regularly. :)

Northwest Folklife Festival 2011


Folklife Festival 2011

Seattle Center


I went to Folklife this year with my 19 year old daughter.  The weather was perfect and we had a really great time enjoying the music and the people. People watching is one of my favorite activities and there were all kinds at Folklife this year. Some very talented ones, and some in need of a good bath. :)

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