Snow, Sunshine, & The Year of the Rabbit

Looking Back at February 2023

✍️ 🕑 February 2023 • Series: Month in Review52 Frames • Tags: snowshoeingsnowy hikessunsetsLunar New Yearsbald eagles • Places: Hyek Sno-Park

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By the barometer of “I think I have seasonal affective disorder, and I deeply, deeply, deeply long for the sun to come out”, February has been a shockingly lovely month. There have simply been more sunny days than I would have imagined, even if its end has been marked with frigid temperatures and dustings of snow.

Fortunately, I’ve had other reasons to be loving this month, though it has not been without its frustrations.

Read on to hear about how quickly this short month has gone by!

And read on to find out what everyone's crowded around...
And read on to find out what everyone's crowded around...

The Rest of the Books I Finished Last Year


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For whatever reason (probably my long dormant desire to be an academic), I’ve decided to write lil reviews of stuff I’ve read and stick them on my blog.

And so now, as promised, I give you, dear reader, my impressions of a diverse set of books I read later 2022. Yippee!

The five books under discussion cover geographies from Sweden, to Alberta, to Harlem, and topics from street portrait photography, to international geopolitics, to insanity. Perhaps one of them will pique your interest.

Frosty Franklin Falls

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Sometimes timing is everything.

Wintertime visitors to Franklin Falls need to be aware of a few things when they plan their visit. In particular it would be ideal to time a visit around three things: avalanche risk (undesirable and potentially fatal), freezing temperatures (desirable), and crowds (probably undesirable but not fatal).

Provided you time it right, and you are equipped with microspikes or similar, the hike to Franklin Falls is easy, fun, and rewarding.

West Tiger #3

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: Issaquah Foothillsbird photography • Places: West Tiger Summit #3

Another weekend in January, another excuse for a hike.

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This time, I was again sticking closer to the Issaquah Foothills, in large part because of how much I enjoyed my recent hike on the Chirico Trail. I had seen some beautiful pictures from the end of this particular trail, and I wanted to check it out for myself. The trail’s incredibly uninspiring name: West Tiger #3.

For the most part, conditions were clean, tracks were easy to follow, and it was a nice, brisk, uneventful hike.

The elevation gain, a mere 2,100 ft. The trail, dry and bare, below snow level.

My First Hike of 2023

And My First Time Hiking to Mt. Si

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Steve in Seattle • Tags: snowy hikescellphone photography • Places: Mt. Si

So it happened that 2023 rolled around, and New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday. That meant that I got the following Monday, January 2nd as a holiday from work. And, the fact that I was still a little jet lagged from hanging out in Pennsylvania meant that I was well and truly motivated to get up early for a hike.

And, I actually mean that I got up kind of early. I was catching a stunning sunrise as I cruised along I-90. My destination was one of the popular and formidable Mt. Si trail.

Catching an early start...
Catching an early start...