hiked to Avery Peak right above Gothic today, and David Inouye joined us for a bit. He’s an ecologist who, since 1971, has been spending his summers at RMBL keeping track of 40 or so plots of plants, measuring the timing of their flowering, every two days. He’s got a ton of local knowledge of this valley, which he shared on the hike too. He’s a pretty amazing person to spend the morning with.
I’m in Gothic, CO this week for a research conference on mountains, climate, and mountain ecosystems, and I decided to walk over to Gothic from Aspen. The 14-ish miles up and over East Maroon Pass were seriously unbelievable. I also got to see @phebe.meyers along the way! Feels great to be back in this place for a little while.
Seattle, yesterday morning, from the Bainbridge ferry. Breezes aloft have carried the ashes of thousands of acres of burned forest from wildland fires as far away as central British Columbia. An excellent reminder of the interconnectedness, and vulnerability, of our global network of ecosystems, even those that seem distant. • #seattlesmoke #wildlandfire
I'm lucky to be able to say that this summer has been full of a lot of greatness. Yet, it's had a touch less wilderness rejuvenation time than I'd like. I'm real grateful to have shared a biking/hiking/snow-walking/almost-kinda-made-it-to-a-fire-lookout-but-had-a-rad-time-anyway weekend with some good folks (@hiddengem_13) and some truly amazing mountains. (and about a billion flying demons. see slide 5.) (also I'm now in love with #mtb so hit me up if you're into that + you can watch me crash into stuff and be jazzed about it) . . . . . #pnw #washington #almostmadeit #topophilia
went and immersed myself into a new place for a few days. I found in the Methow valley a true community—one of folks with meaningful, sustained connections, both aesthetic and economic, to their breathtaking landscape of high ponderosa
@willrussack and I got invited to a press conference (!!) last week about an economic study done on the value of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (@mtbakersnonf) by the @wildernesssociety, @eartheconomics, and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. We made a short episode about it, check it out at @topophiliapodcast. • #wildlands #pnw