Mountain Musings

The word “awesome” has become fairly common in the everyday speech of our generation. However, the word’s original definition would not exactly describe a sandwich or a general state of being as it does today. “Awesome: impressive and frightening: so impressive or overwhelming as to inspire a strong feeling of admiration or fear.” If you have found a sandwich that fits that description, please contact me immediately.

Continue reading

Meet Claire!

Hiking and trying to be trendy

Well hello there friends! My name is Claire and I am one of the four SCA interns working on the In My Backyard project. I am going into my junior year at Santa Clara University and I am an Environmental Science major with a physics emphasis and a Theatre minor. I was born and raised in Seattle which probably contributed to my everlasting love of the outdoors. When I was a kid I would frolic through the vast yard of my childhood home. I loved to watch the wind rush through the trees and feel the rain on my skin. However, if you asked my parents if I was an “outdoorsy”kid they would laugh and say no. I really did love being outside, but whenever we went camping some disaster would strike like the time I managed to get a 102 degree fever in the middle of an 8 mile hike or the time I got hypothermia on one of the San Juan Islands when our tent was pitched over what some would call a stream.

Continue reading

This is Natasha!

Hey there! I’m Natasha, the fourth and final intern here at Klondike Gold Rush NHP. I am a Seattlite at heart although I grew up in upstate NY until I was a teenager. However, Seattle and Washington state are what turned me into the outdoors enthusiast and conservationist I am today. I moved to Seattle and immediately started skiing, hiking, boating, and just getting outside. The mountains blew me away and the access to water seemed unreal.

Continue reading

Exploring Ebey’s Landing

View during our hike at Ebey's Landing

View during our hike at Ebey’s Landing

On a cloudy Sunday morning, three SCA interns and several Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park employees and volunteers headed up to Mulkiteo to catch the 9:30 AM ferry to Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Craig Holmquist, the Ebey’s Landing Operations Manager, was kind enough to show us around the Ferry House which is located close to the quaint little town of Coupeville. Craig gave us a tour of the house and informed us that it is one of the oldest residential buildings in Washington. It was built in 1860 by Winfield Scott Ebey as an Inn to provide financial stability for his brother’s children, who were orphaned when Isaac Neff Ebey was beheaded by Canadian natives. The house is also the site of the Scott Hick’s film Snow Falling on Cedars (1999). We were also pleased to learn that transportation on the island is completely free!

Continue reading