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When I left my life in the office world in 2000, I began a life full of adventure. I started exploring the forests of the Pacific Northwest and gradually focused on Fire Lookout sites. I had an opportunity to visit Iceland in 2007, and that began a series of annual trips to explore that exciting island. Here I share discoveries and observations on both themes, with my current priority the Fire Lookouts of the Olympic Peninsula and Willapa Hills.

Recent Posts

  • ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT HIKE UPDATE
    HIKE SUMMARY: This is a good example of hikes in the Capitol State Forest. There are several ways to reach the destination; each involves numerous junctions and a few road crossings. Trail conditions come and go, as do the well-intended […]
  • ALTERNATE MASON LAKE LOOKOUT SITE HIKE
    This is offered as an easier route than Hike 35 in Lost Fire Lookout Hikes and Histories: Olympic Peninsula and Willapa Hills. It is still a short, low elevation, year round hike. Drive to the junction of the Mason˗Benson Road […]
  • Lengthy Review of LOST FIRE LOOKOUT HIKES AND HISTORIES … on WWW.HIKING FOR HER.COM
    https://www.hiking-for-her.com › lost-fire-lookout-hikes-and-histories-book-review.html This review is about seven pages long. Here’s what the reviewer liked in the beginning of the book: Here’s what I noticed within the first few pages of this bookHikers love maps. It’s always gratifying to see a map […]
  • KELLY LOOKOUT HIKE EXTENSION
    I have always enjoyed hiking to the Kelly Lookout site on the Mason ˗ Grays Harbor County border, and wondered where the roads connecting with the hike route go. Knowing the fire lookout station was on a low elevation ridge […]
  • Prepublication Reviews
    I really love the book. It’s a great one. This book is a welcome addition to my collection of Washington hiking and climbing guides. All of the hikes in this outstanding book lead to remote summits that are off the […]
  • BAD NEWS FOR SOUTH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT HIKERS
    Sometime in the second half of 2021, free public access to the South Mountain Fire Lookout site through the surrounding private forest lands was eliminated by the Green Diamond Company. Until sometime that year, the long bicycling and hiking route […]

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A MONDAY KIND OF ADVENTURE

From December 2015 until December 2017, I had an opportunity to occasionally explore Fort Lewis for the remains of the five fire lookout towers that watched over that area, starting in the 1940s. Four are gone. Goodman Hill Lookout was still standing at that time; its current status is unknown. The essay below describes our […]

HINTS FOR BLOGGERS

I went to a regional writers’ conference in September that offered really good ideas for writers who know they should plan to do their own marketing. I know I don’t read everything that is available on the subject of blogging, so there were a lot of new ideas for me. We all know that we […]

 

The Laki Eruption: Island on Fire?

During the second week of January the authors of a new book on the 18th century Laki eruption, Iceland’s most devastating volcanic catastrophe, made two presentations in Seattle. One was at Seattle’s largest independent bookstore, Elliot Bay Book Company, and the other a slideshow talk at Town Hall. One of the authors, Alexandra Witze, is […]

THE CAMP WITH THE PINK BUOY

As much as I want to finish this book about Iceland’s volcanoes, I cannot let the glorious summer we are having in the Pacific Northwest go by uncelebrated! I have just spent three days camped at Kayostla Beach on the wild Pacific coast in Olympic National Park. This beach can be reached only by hiking […]

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