Journal 217 results

An entertaining, and sometimes informative, record of Steve’s events, projects, adventures.

Covering Solar Eclipse for The Daily Astorian

I started planning for the solar eclipse 6 months ago. That involved getting up at 4am to hit Oregon’s website and reserving a campsite. Three months earlier I had received an email from Oregon’s State Park stating that they were opening up ...

Update on Green Crab Monitoring Site 277

It took awhile, but I was finally assigned a monitoring site. For those of you just catching up with the story, this is the effort by the Washington Sea Grant Crab Team to monitor for the invasive European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas). The ...

Taking a POS Boat To Chisik Island

Here’s the irony, right before the drama started I had just stated, “Every time I come to Alaska I get pushed out of my comfort zone.” Oh but I should have know better to jinks the trip. It was like spitting into the wind. POS Boat I’m not ...

Returning to the Wild Wild West Side of Cook Inlet

Budget constraints kept them out of the field last year, but I’m happy to be headed back North to our last frontier to join the Alaska DNR Geologist while they survey the west side of Cook Inlet. It’s quite the operation and last time I learned ...

Capturing the Milky Way over Mount St. Helens

Last weekend I teamed up with Matt for another lesson In advanced photography. This time we wanted to take advantage of the New Moon and try to capture the Milky Way. The question being would the weather cooperate stay clear. Many of the roads on ...

In Search of “Ground Photo Timothy”

I had reached out to my old paddling partner Jason ‘Kiwi’ Goldstein just to catch up and during the course of our conversation mentioned that I’d be out at the coast over the weekend. Turns out he was going to be heading up to explore the old ...

The Misunderstood Art Of Bathing In Snow Fed Streams

Last weekend I headed solo back to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It’s still a bit early in the season as the high altitude roads are still closed, but I was hopeful to scout out some new waterfalls that I learned about online. And since Theresa ...

A Great Way To Get Lost At Riffe Lake

Beware of shortcuts and our recent trip to Riffe Lake was a powerful reminder of that cliche. But these little mishaps are what make for great stories. But oh the price we pay sometimes. Riffe Lake Riffe Lake is probably best known for swallowing ...

A Small Peak at the Ghosts of Puget Sound

Puget Sound's 1,330 miles of shoreline are criss crossed with miles of Interstate Highways, and secondary roads. Within a few hours you can be from one end to the other. That hasn’t always been the case. In fact for the majority of it’s history ...

Pleasantly Surprised by Sol Duc

Countless times I’ve driven over the Sol Duc River on my way to points westward. I’ve camped in the lower campground, but have always stayed clear of the springs and resort; mainly due to the fact that encountering crowds while out in the ...