January 27, 2015
Have you ever tried to listen to the trees?
Sometimes while swinging in my backyard hammock under the maple I try to hear the poetry of the leaves shining in the breeze. Sometimes on a Tiger Mountain hike, in a grove of firs towering above the ferns on the forest floor, I meditate on the hymns they sing. Coming across a gnarled old giant like the Ruth Kees tree at Lake Tradition, I imagine being able to hear lessons from its centuries of wisdom.
Yet my affection for them pales in comparison to the love Alan Haywood has shown the trees and plants of Issaquah for the last 30 years as the city’s professional arborist. He will no longer be employed by the city after the end of March, and I’m going to miss him as a friend and as a walking, talking botany encyclopedia.
Alan is the only person I have ever met who seems to know off the top of his head the Latin name of every single plant and tree in his care! Not only that, he knows each one’s favorite soil, growing season, optimum requirements for sunlight, shade and irrigation, and best pruning practice. Read more
December 23, 2014
Hiking was at the top of the wish list followed by mountain biking and camping for the long-planned Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation area.
More than 2,500 people were surveyed as part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources planning process for the 53,500-acre swath of land that runs from Tiger Mountain to the Pratt River and Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River.
December 9, 2014
Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.
Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!
December 7, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 7, 2014
The Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation environmental policy plan will be presented at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 S.E. River St., Snoqualmie.
Public input and comments are being sought by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
The corridor includes Tiger Mountain, Rattlesnake Mountain, Raging River State Forest, the state trust lands surrounding the community of Preston, and Mount Si and Middle Fork Snoqualmie natural resources conservation areas.
The area receives more than 800,000 visits from outdoor enthusiasts each year.
The plan includes the State Environmental Policy Act review.
December 3, 2014
Regulars to the Issaquah Brewhouse may have noticed a few new selections among the 40 brews it has on tap.
The member of the Rogue chain of breweries has been brewing up its own IPAs with locally grown hops and was selected to brew its own ciders.
August 19, 2014
Seattle Paragliding teamed up with Project Airtime recently to give wings to those for whom flight seemed impossible.
“The overall goal of Project Airtime is to take everyone flying, no exclusions,” Project Airtime founder Chris Santacroce said.
Marc Chirico, the owner of Seattle Paragliding, worked with Santacroce to give people with special needs the opportunity to fly tandem as co-pilots. Santacroce came from Salt Lake City to provide Seattle Paragliding with the necessary equipment to launch paraplegics and quadriplegics off Tiger Mountain from July 25-27.
“My favorite part about working with Project Airtime is the inspiration and perspective check that comes out of all Santacroce does,” Chirico said. “It is clearly a good spirited project.” Read more
July 15, 2014
Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway July 19 for a guided hike of the “Hidden Trails of Tiger Mountain” and discover your new favorite retreat on the mountain.
Only 25 spots are left.
July 8, 2014
Clothing is optional at Fraternity Snoqualmie’s July 13 5K fun run.
The race up the side of Tiger Mountain begins and ends at the family nudist park and kicks off at 11 a.m. The top three runners in each division will receive an award.
Registration is $30 and runners get a free shirt, while supplies last. There is also a $16 spectator fee. Photo identification is required.
July 1, 2014
Mountains to Sound Greenway invites you to hike the hidden trails of Tiger Mountain, traversing 9 miles from Issaquah to Preston, where the adventure concludes with a barbecue.
“The bulk of the hike is on Tiger Mountain Trail, but part of it is a guided experience through a network of trails,” said Margaret Ullman-Hess, communications and development manager for Mountains to Sound Greenway. “We worked with Green Trail Map to make a custom map for this trip, creating a journey through Tiger Mountain you may not be able to discover on your own.”
Hikers will park their cars in Preston and take a shuttle to the Harvey Manning statue in Issaquah, where Mayor Fred Butler will welcome the adventurers.
April 15, 2014
The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the topics for its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.
Longwell was a longtime club member who taught English at Hazen High School for many years. He was an avid hiker and trail builder who, often with the help of his students, was responsible for building and maintaining many of the trails on Tiger and Squak mountains.
Each year since his death in 2007, the Issaquah Alps Trails Club has offered a $1,000 scholarship available to graduating seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools. Often, runners-up qualify for smaller awards.