May 29, 2018


Danielle took this and sent it to me.

February 24, 2018


One of the railroad trestles that has become part of the trail system around North Bend, Washington.

January 6, 2018


For the fourth year in a row I climbed Mount Si for Christmas. The trail seemed much easier this year than in years past. While last year Christmas Day was bright and sunny and the trail was full of people enjoying the weather, it resembled my mood about life -- well, my personal life, as the world itself had started down the shitter last winter. This year it was snowing in Seattle and snowing the entire way up the mountain and I only ran into a dozen people. This, too, seemed to match my mood about life. Even with all that snow falling there was less than expected at the top. In previous years there had been several feet of packed, wet snow. This year there seemed to be barely more than a foot of fresh powder. Of course I couldn't see anything through the clouds that typically hit and then stop at the westward facing peak to which the Mount Si trail brings you. I also got propositioned on the way up the trail by a man and that was interesting. It was a fine way to end 2017 and fit my mood perfectly.

December 31, 2017


A few weeks ago a bunch of us went snowshoeing to Artist Point by Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. (This was the source of the immense pile of dog shit.) Here are some pictures, finally.

December 9, 2017


We went to snowshoe Artist's Point today. I picked up literally about ten pounds of dog shit out of the snow and off of the trail. I hate all other dog owners.

November 14, 2017



October 28, 2017


I went hiking up to Skyline Divide last night. It has a fabulous view of the north side of Mount Baker. I left from the trail head at about 10:30pm and got to the ridge line at about 11:30pm. The moon set at 1:00am. I brought my camera to do some star photos. It was surprisingly warm and I could have easily camped up there had I brought a tent and I probably should have since the trail is three hours from my apartment and I effectively did not sleep last night.

This is my first real attempt at star photos and this is what I got from it. Unfortunately, Bellingham is surprisingly close to Mount Baker so there was plenty of extra light coming from behind me and I think that might have impacted the quality. You can also see the light from Everett and Seattle behind Mount Baker which is also disappointing.

One crucial thing that I also learned is to pay attention to the markings for infinity when setting focus. Infinity is at different points depending on the focal length and your photo will look like shit if you forget this. For the star trails you can see that I only ran it for like twenty minutes. I ran another one for a full hour but it was super overexposed from all of the ambient light. I mean, it looked okay but it was practically daylight in the photo and the southeasternly direction of the photo makes the stars not rotate around anything in particular. I'm also shit at post processing so I don't really like any of these.

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