Mount Baker – Easton Glacier

 Posted by on March 31, 2012 at 9:17 am  Outdoors, Photos  No Responses »
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Looking up the Easton Glacier on the south side of Mount Baker to the summit.  Notice the three people in the lower right corner giving scale.

Sun setting behind the Black Buttes adjoining Mount Baker.

A view of contrasts, textures, and planes of color from high on the Easton glacier.

A backcountry camp at 7000 feet on the Easton Glacier with the Twin Sisters in the background to the left viewed from the East.

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The northwest weather can be grim at times from, optimistically, November through February.  An escape to a warmer climate can be a delight during this period.  Among the many convenient destinations easily reached from the Northwest are Southern California (Palm Springs, San Diego, etc.), Arizona, and Hawaii.

Traveling to these locations in the winter can be a real delight.  The contrast in climate definitely heightens one’s appreciation.  Going from 40 degree rain and wind to this type of scene (of Marriott Ko Olina Beach Resort on Oahu) is a shock:


A beach on the leeward side of Oahu:

On the trail to Manoa Falls outside of Honolulu:

Fort DeRussy Park in Honolulu:

An annual wintertime visit to a warm, sunny destination would be a very nice, therapeutic habit for any Northwest resident.




Edible Clams of Washington State

 Posted by on March 11, 2012 at 8:27 am  Outdoors  3 Responses »
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Washington State clam types
Washington state clams

Washington state clams

The cold waters of the Puget Sound produce some of the world’s greatest tasting clams and oysters. Washington State is home to a variety of clams including the Manila and native littleneck clam, butter clam, varnish clam, cockle, horse clam, macoma clam, razor clam, and, last but not least, the world-famous giant geoduck clam.

Washington state has plenty of public access beach shoreline available for clam diggers. But before you grab that shovel and bucket, make sure you can identify the various species of clams and know the regulations. This is very important because harvesting regulations vary by the species and certain clams, such as the butter clam, tend to accumulate biotoxins more readily than other species.

Harvesting clams require a low tide. Certain clams, such as the geoduck, require an extreme low tide (and lots of hard digging) whereas cockles and other clams are closer to the surface and can be harvested easily at moderate low tides with hand tools.

Four types of Washington state clams

Four types of Washington state clams

In the above photo, the clam on the upper left is a butter clam, the upper right is a purple varnish clam, the lower left is a manila clam. and the lower right is a cockle.