Escape to Seattle 10-Sep-2021

After our hike at the end of August, wildfire smoke flooded into our valley and stuck here. Air temperatures were moderate but the air quality was pathetic, with the AQI well above 100 day and night and visibility sometimes reduced to a fraction of a mile. Sure, you could go outside, but your tight chest, burning throat, and stinging eyes suggested that was a bad idea. This was not, of course, even close to the suffering similar climate-related disasters – fire, flood, tornadoes, hurricanes, torrential rains – have visited on other parts of the country. 😪 Still, staring out at a swirling reddish-brown abyss day after day was getting to us. So we took what remained of our travel credits from the virus-wrecked year-that-will-not-be-named and flew to Seattle and fresh air. Yes, we were weak – but that first big gulp of fresh Seattle air was worth any dent in our reputation for tough & stupid. 😁

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Mountains (August 2017)

But I shall go down from this airy space,
this swift white peace, this stinging exultation.
And time will close about me,
and my soul stir to the rhythm of the daily round.
Yet, having known, life will not press so close,
and always I shall feel time ravel thin about me;
For once I stood
In the white windy presence of eternity.

Eunice Tietjens (1917)

Patrick Y. Wang (1977 – 2005)
Andrea “Andy” Basque (1963 – 2008)

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Beaded Waters (May 2017)

We find water droplets – particularly those on leaves – inherently fascinating, as they seem to serve as metaphors for a wide range of human perceptions and emotions.

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“Consider the lilies…” (April 2017)

“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”  ~ Luke 12:27

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Shriner Peak (Mount Rainier National Park) 17-Jul-2013

Shriner Peak Mount Rainier National Park

I had a business meeting in Yakima, Washington and decided to squeeze in a hike of something on the way back to Portland, Oregon. I’d had Shriner Peak on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park on my list for a while and as it’s conveniently located just off Highway 12 between Yakima and Interstate-5, that’s where I headed.

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