Summer Swimming Hole

Summer Swimming Hole

Where the trail meets the river a giant rock spirals out of the deep green water like a whale.  White foam speckles the surface of the deep green color of the water.  At low water in July and August a rocky beach frames a deep green pool beneath the Whale rock.  A large flat rock sits in the middle of the pool.  Great for soaking up the sun on a hot day. 

Paradise Rediscovered

Paradise Rediscovered

The road winds down a long hill.  As it turns it passes a couple of houses, a spring spilling out of the hillside and what looks like an overgrown R.V. park.  The blinking light is a stop sign to either stop or go for cars on either side of a one lane bridge.  Only one car from either direction can cross the bridge at a time.  The Green River Gorge Road (or Lawson Road as it is known in Black Diamond) crosses over one of the most beautiful sections of the Green River Gorge…and one of the more accessible areas outside of Washington State Parks.

Franklin Townsite Hike and Beyond

Franklin Townsite Hike and Beyond

The trail starts at the northern side of the Green River Gorge Resort.  For $5 you can park in a field on the western side of the road.  From the trailhead you pass through a gate from private land to the undeveloped Washington State Parks land…

Volunteer on May 5th at the Green River Cleanup

Volunteer on May 5th at the Green River Cleanup

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 5th, 2018.  You can still join us as an experienced whitewater boater or you can go with a Whitewater Company or as part of the ground crews.  Don't miss out on one of the most beautiful and fun river trips in Western Washington!

From the Air Above...

From the Air Above...

What does the Green River Gorge look like from above?  That is the question I asked myself when I enlisted my friend, a pilot, to fly me over the Gorge in April of 2017…

North Flaming Geyser State Park

North Flaming Geyser State Park

Flaming Geyser is a 503 acre day use park that is the downstream book end to the Green River Gorge.  Flaming Geyser is where the Green River Gorge ends and the Green River Valley begins.  The steep cliff walls of the gorge give way to open fields and farm land.

Across the river from the main part of Flaming Geyser State Park is an undeveloped section of the park that is at least as large as the main park...

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 5th, 2018.  You can still join us as an experienced whitewater boater or you can go with a Whitewater Company or as part of the ground crews.  Don't miss out on one of the most beautiful and fun river trips in Western Washington!

Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens

Why is it called Hanging Gardens?

"Hanging Gardens is was so aptly named by Wolf Bauer because of the native vegetation perched along the edges of eroding sandstone.  Small Cedars along with other smaller native plants cling to their narrow purchase".— Lisa Parsons, local river conservationist

Winter in the Green River Gorge

Winter in the Green River Gorge

Snow has a magical way of transforming the stark bareness of a winter landscape.  A white blanket of snow covering the ground hides the decaying leaves and limp brown grass.  The bare branches of trees dramatically contrast against the white.  Red berries hidden in dark shadows of winter bushes pop as the shadows are now brightened by snow.  The forest canopy is renewed below dark snow laden clouds.  Quiet lingers between crunching sweeps of footsteps through the snow...

Icy Creek Spring Hike

Icy Creek Spring Hike

Outdoor Project adds Icy Creek Spring in the Green River Gorge hike to their website

Thankful for the Small Things

Thankful for the Small Things

Today, with gratitude, I'd like to share some of the small things I've discovered in the Green River Gorge that affirm that life continues in the rhythm of seasons, cycles of life, and that everything has it's place and time.

Welcome to November

Welcome to November

However, I know from braving the harsher elements that there is another Green River Gorge waiting in the wild winter months...

Returning the Favor in Black Diamond

Returning the Favor in Black Diamond

Normally in my blog I highlight the Green River Gorge's natural environment.  However, I ran across this segment called “Returning the Favor” hosted by Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs.  His segment is about remarkable people in communities all across America that go above and beyond to make the world a better place.  In Black Diamond that person is Mama Ginger who started the Soup Ladies, a nonprofit that brings food (soup) to first responders working on disasters and prolonged events...

Vote for Art & Nature

Vote for Art & Nature

One of my earliest memories as a young girl was backpacking up to a mountain meadow below the snow covered summit of Mt. Adams in southwestern Washington...

Arts in Nature Festival

Arts in Nature Festival

Arts in Nature Festival

Interactive Display August 25th & 26th

Take a journey from the city scapes of the lower Green-Duwamish river upstream to the wild Green River Gorge.  I will be exhibiting video and photographs from my documentary The Green River Gorge, The Power of Place as part of an interactive display at Cabin 3 at Camp Long.  As part of that display I will be leading interactive activities around salmon in our watershed. Interactive activities are kid and adult friendly.   Please join me at the festival for a creative day of art and community.