The Wonderland Trail. Just the name itself is daunting, and that’s why I want to hike it. “The Wonderland Trail is 93 miles long and encircles Mount Rainier. It is a strenuous hike with lots of elevation gain and loss, through lowland forests and valleys and into high alpine and sub-alpine areas.” (NPS) This sounds like my cup of tea.
As a Washington native, I feel grateful to be located in the Puget Sound region which is hugged from all directions by diverse, natural landscapes. Whether it be peering under rocks along the beach to observe the miniature crabs scuttling by, to the winding hikes up into the Cascades to appreciate it’s rugged beauty that rivals even the most picturesque postcards, I have always felt at home here.
Sarah grew up in Ellensburg, WA, and found a passion for environmental conservation and stewardship as a high school student. Continue reading
I was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington and grew up among the trees, fostering a unique sense of peace within myself that I can only find in nature. Continue reading
Brady is currently working towards a degree in Energy and Sustainable Policy at Penn State University. Continue reading
The past ten weeks at the A Place in A Park (APAP) program have been an insightful learning experience. Before coming to APAP, I had been apart of the environmental and science club at my school. I had a bit of prior exposure to environmental studies but received a whole lot more at this program.
Hello again, everyone! If you’re tuning in to hear from lil’ Syd on the next round of blog posts, then I thank you for joining me! Now that you’re along for the ride, I want to talk about GTHOT (getting the heck out there). Yup, that is an acronym I made up literally as I was writing this, but it encompasses the topic of this post. Anybody and everybody should get out into nature and see all the beauty that is around you!
When you’re raised on an island, you are constantly interacting with nature. The tradewinds swirl through the ti leaves and breeze through your screened windows, the mosquitoes buzz around the sitting water around your father’s potted plants, and the plumerias gracefully lay on the poky grass. Continue reading
I have to admit, I love photos of myself now. When I was in high school I was “gawky,” as an acquaintance five years later coined. We and a bunch of other young-adult friends had just spent a tiring day in Hiroshima City, Japan. We went around guessing how we were all like in high school. He wasn’t wrong. I was awkward and hated seeing myself in photos. However, over time I started to realize the importance of preserving my memories through photography, particularly self-portraiture. I came to learn it as a way to get out into the world and tell the visual story of my life.
What’s up everyone? I’m Aron Yohannes. I’m from Skyway, Washington. It is ten miles south of downtown Seattle, between Rainier Beach and Renton. My family is originally from Eritrea in east Africa, bordered by Ethiopia and the Red Sea. Due to Eritrea’s war for independence and also for opportunity, my very large family decided to immigrate to Seattle in 1989 with the sponsorship of a church in Seattle.