Slip Slidin’ Away

"...Cry. Swear. Laugh. Cry more. We are making a river with our tears and rivers quench the thirsty..." I had a massive headache for the past two days -- the sort that makes you not even want your morning coffee and leaves you feeling nauseous. I worked through it the first day and made it [...]

The Sparkling Salish Sea

I didn't want to talk about this until I could show you, and short of standing with you on the shore and demonstrating, this is the next best thing. Apparently the waters surrounding the San Juan islands (which we visited recently) are filled with noctiluca scintillans (also known as sea sparkle!) a microscopic organism. (Not a plankton itself for [...]

On or about the San Juan Islands

I drew this picture as a bit of wishful thinking last year, long before we'd ever actually done anything like look for orcas of a rocky coast north of Seattle. Last weekend we finally did just that, and many other classic summer vacation things up in the San Juan islands. We met up with a group [...]

#ShellNo

Yesterday morning I put on my big sun hat and went up to St. John's to watch the Greenpeace protest. It was with an equal blend of civic duty and curiosity. I brought a big jug of ice water and finished my morning coffee there as I marveled at the people's pluck. All of this [...]

Day 2: Ann’s tour

GET READY FOR PHOTOS. I was not economical with my snapshots. Partly this was because the weather during my first two days here was incredibly hot, and I alas did not bring either of my straw hats. (I missed them very badly on this trip.) I also just crammed a lot of sight seeing into [...]

Day 1: Arriving

By the time I reached Union Station I had been in transit about seven hours. City bus to light rail to airport, airplane to fancy shuttle bus to Union Station. The fancy shuttle bus was suggested to me by my AirBnB host in one of our final logistics emails. I was grateful for the tip [...]

LA: Intro

When I was about fourteen my family and I went to Disneyland. Going to Disneyland is not the same thing as going to Los Angeles, particularly as we didn't really venture that far beyond Anaheim. Aside from the obligatory Hollywood Day we pretty much stuck close to the world of fantasy, keeping reality at bay [...]

Sketches from Mt. Hood

Spent the weekend out in the Mt. Hood National Forest. I was long overdue for a weekend like this.

Oaks Bottom: Amusement Park or Wildlife Refuge?

It's both, really. Or at least, both use the name Oaks Bottom. (It's also a Lompoc pub not far from here.) I'm not sure how many of the amusement park patrons partake in the wildlife refuge -- I know that when I come down here I'm usually much more interested in the nature scene than I [...]

Magic at Sauvie Island

So in an impeccable act of anti-climax, our eagerly awaited expedition to Sauvie Island with the Oregon Mycological Society was cancelled at the last minute, owing to another expedition taking place the day before. In fact, when we called the Office of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to secure our REMOVAL OF VEGETATION [...]