I stood next to a construction worker on a recent rainy October day watching the bucket of an excavator chew apart an old, three-story house on Fairview Avenue in Seattle. The old home had become expendable to make room for a new office building near …
To me it was just an overgrown limb destined for the woodpile. But Scott Shouse, the forester extraordinaire, looked at the thigh-thick lilac branch we had just cut down and saw the makings of a rustic wooden treasure box.
From the edge of the moraine, the Railroad Grade Trail becomes an exhilarating high-wire hike as you make a steady ascent on the approach to the mighty Easton Glacier.
Tucked between the wind-blown Columbia River Gorge and the slopes of the Cascade peaks, there is a lesser-known outdoor experience offering hikers a unique way to view a glacier-fed river making a comeback after decades of being dammed up.