Birds of Mount Si

I saw some birds while hiking atop Mount Si in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, it was mostly Canada Jays (also known as Camp Robbers), which are a popular Si attraction because they will eat out of people’s hands without hesitation. I’m not endorsing the practice and don’t indulge in it myself, … Continue reading Birds of Mount Si

Hiking Mount Si in the Time of COVID-19

Washington State parks reopened for hiking on May 5, 2020. Two days later I grabbed my trusty Discover Pass and headed for Mount Si in North Bend, Washington.  I kick off every hiking season with a trek up Mount Si and have had many memorable climbs there, including the time I saw a guy carry … Continue reading Hiking Mount Si in the Time of COVID-19

Man Plays Tuba on Mount Si

Just a brief post here to share some pictures of a funny event I witnessed while climbing Mount Si on Saturday. There was a fellow hiking up the same time as me with a full-sized tuba on his back. It wasn’t even stored in any kind of outdoors/sports backpack, but was just jammed into a … Continue reading Man Plays Tuba on Mount Si

On the Eve of Twin Peaks’ Return, Year’s First Trek up Mount Si

Sun is Out and the Time is Right for Hiking Mount Si I rarely have a hard time finding an excuse to hike Mount Si, but this year I have a particularly good one. Tomorrow, Twin Peaks will run again. That’s all I needed to know. Mount Si, for those who are unaware, is the … Continue reading On the Eve of Twin Peaks’ Return, Year’s First Trek up Mount Si

Camping Outside Mount Rainier: La Wis Wis

Mount Rainier is the crown jewel of Washington state, which means that it can get downright packed in the peak summer tourist season. So, if you’re looking to visit but having trouble finding lodging available within the park (or simply want to avoid the thickest crowds), then camping outside Mount Rainier is a great option. … Continue reading Camping Outside Mount Rainier: La Wis Wis