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Traditions with Trees

By Joni Kirk There is something magical about making our way through the forest with snow or rain falling around us, side-stepping muddy paths, and warming chilled noses that motivates my family to leave our cozy home in early December…

Photographer’s Paradise!

The Cascade Loop Scenic Byway spans the east and west sides of Washington State?s Cascade Mountain Range, and photo opportunities along the route are varied and spectacular, covering all interests for professional photographers and snap-happy travelers alike. Spring brings blossoms…

Great Blue Heron-Pete Freund Photog

Great Blue Heron

As you are driving along the waterways of the Cascade Loop, be on the lookout for the majestic Great Blue Heron. They are regularly spotted wading in shallow water, patiently watching for small fish or frogs, their most common meals….

Preparing for the Holidays with Local Creative Inspiration

By Joni Kirk As the beautiful fall colors appear on trees, my internal holiday clock starts ticking. I know I have a limited amount of time to prepare gifts for loved ones, especially as I ship many gifts to relatives…

Pursuing Healthier Streams and Wetlands at Northwest Stream Center

In the Pacific Northwest, water is our lifeline. From the Cascade Mountains, hundreds of miles of glistening rivers and streams make their way to Puget Sound. Those waterways teem with fish that feed thousands of people and other creatures, and…

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