Winter Hiking on Pussywillow Lane

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 13, 2017 4:30 pm

When conditions are right we hike the lower trails of our area all winter.   One of the best routes is up the Pussywillow Lane Trail in the Dallas – Barnhartvale Nature Trails.   There is parking at the end of Mountview Drive.   The Pussywillow Lane Trail follows up gully up through the silt cliffs to benchlands. …

Jack Booth Homestead

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 12, 2017 3:50 pm

Twice this winter we have snowshoed past the old cabin on the northwest side of Hull Hill. Yvonne Odber created a geocache listing here: “This old homestead #1.  In the fall of 2011, my husband and I adopted this cache from Mrs. Zee, the original owner. I was very excited to do this cache because this site has wonderful childhood memorie …

Upper Grasslands Snowshoe

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 11, 2017 8:15 am

The upper bench from Lac du Bois along the flank of Mt. Wheeler is mostly open grasslands with a few scattered trees and copses of leafless aspens, ponds, marshes, and rounded hills.   A double track bears south for 3 km, winding around ponds, but staying in the open below the treed slopes of the mountain, but above the Lac du Bois Road. …

Makena State Park

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 9, 2017 4:52 pm

Makena State Park is on the shoreline of Makena (south of Kihei and Wailea) on the Island of Maui.      There are two beaches and a dormant volcanic cinder cone on the 165 acre park. Big Beach is a kilometer-long crescent of golden sand.  A small reef provides safe swimming conditions near the shoreline. Separating the …

Revised Posts

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 7, 2017 2:41 pm

For a period of time from November 2013 through April 2014,  I was using a slideshow program to display photos.   That program (plugin) became incompatible with Word Press and the theme I was using, shutting down the entire site.  After some detective work I found the problem and disabled the plugin. This left a few dozen posts …

Winter Beach Walk

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 6, 2017 4:50 pm

By the beginning of February we often see snow start to disappear in the bottom of the Thompson River Valley.   The lowest elevations and the most exposed south-facing areas are the first to clear and the expanded beaches along the river offer hikers an opportunity to walk on the sand.   There are a number of shorter walks along …

Waihee Ridge

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 4, 2017 8:48 am

The trail up Waihee Ridge starts on a side road off the Kahekili “Highway” (at mile 6.9) on the north side of the West Maui Mountain Range.  A good road leads to a parking area and a signed trail.   The trail is in good shape, well-signed, and brushed out.   There were a couple of muddy spots on north-facing slopes, but t …

Snowshoeing in Kamloops

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 2, 2017 1:39 pm

An article written for Tourism Kamloops:   The post Snowshoeing in Kamloops appeared first on Kamloops Trails.

A Winter of Snowshoeing in the Dogwood Marshes

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: February 1, 2017 4:55 pm

Each winter we try to snowshoe in a different place each time for the whole season, going back to the most reliable spots first and when conditions are ready, heading to the hills for new routes, to the tops of hills, and to routes only visited every few years.   When we take out novices, family members, or groups, we find that the Bush L …

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: January 30, 2017 5:05 pm

The only Hawaiian island that has navigable rivers is Kauai.   The Hanalei River is the second largest (in flow) on the island,  descending from the upper slopes of Mt. Wai’ale’ale to the ocean in 15.7 miles.  The lower part of the river flows slowly through dense forests, past taro fields, and then it winds through a fla …