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Skiing at Crystal

Amy and I both got Big S passes this year which give unlimited access to the Summit at Snoqualmie. During the winter snowstorm we actually got a couple of good days of powder up there which was a pleasant break from expectations.

Meanwhile, one of the added bonuses of the pass is five free trips to some other resorts in the area; today we went to Crystal Mountain near Mt Rainier. Although there wasn't much fresh snow, there were few people around, clear skies, no precipitation and some fun skiing.

Skiing at Crystal

It's cold in Seattle, in the mid-high teens this evening and we could certainly feel it on the mountain. The prepared skier uses every available opportunity and resource to stay warm in such conditions.

Skiing at Crystal

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Reading digest for 01/19/09 to 01/26/09

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Hiking off the I-90 corridor

We've been very fortunate to have a couple of weekends of stunning weather. Cold, crisp, clear and icy. Great for hiking (last weekend) and skiing (tomorrow, hopefully). Last Sunday, Amy and I hit up a random FS road off I-90 around milepost 34.

Winter Hike

This isn't actually my truck but the driver had done a rather good job of lodging it in a rut caused by a landslide. The road seemed blocked at this point but there were quite a lot of vehicles beyond. As we rolled up there was a tow truck blocking the way although it wasn't exactly obvious what help he could bring. We parked up and hiked on by instead. By the time we returned, the truck and occupants were gone.

Not my truck

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Published photographer

Several weeks ago I got a random message through Flickr saying that one of my photos had been selected for consideration in the Schmap Seattle Guide.

The photo in question made its way onto the Smith Tower page and was taken during last year's Seattle Fire Festival. You can see the full picture on flickr or below.

It turns out they use tens of photos per landmark so my inclusion wasn't exactly award-worthy. But I'm still a little proud.

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Reading digest for 01/12/09 to 01/19/09

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Reading digest for 01/05/09 to 01/12/09

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Reading digest for 12/29/08 to 01/05/09

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