A lot has changed here in the Northwest in the last decade too. With climate change our glaciers are receding and disappearing, wildfire season is longer and more intense, our local orcas are seriously at risk of extinction, and the population has mushroomed.
But it's not all doom and gloom.
Generally I've focused on inspiring others to get out and enjoy the beauty all around us here, through outdoors activities such as hikes and road trips. (With a goal of inspiring everyone to do their part to help protect the environment.)
I also sneak in random posts about whatever interests me (for example, my favorite local hummus), environmental issues that concern me (like Olympic Peninsula salmon habitat restoration), and volcano spotting while flying over the region.
In the last 10 years, social media has happened in a big way. All those enticing shots on Instagram have drawn more and more people to our no-longer-secret places. It's often crowded on formerly quiet but now super popular trails and getaway destinations.
I've blogged about these changes over the last few years. (Another link here on this topic.) I still struggle with the explosive growth and traffic on our trails. I don't name or blog about all the hikes and places I go anymore.
For Pacific NW Seasons' 5th anniversary, I wrote a more inspired post about developing a sense of place where one lives. Today I'm more jaded and weary with the changes here, such as low-rise, charming small businesses and homes being displaced by big, boxy multi-story developments.
But it is what it is, and change is a constant. Really, I'm grateful to be here to witness the passing years in a region deep in my bones, where some of my ancestors arrived 150 years ago and settled in what was then a relatively untamed place.
If you've visited before, you probably know that I rarely feature face shots or photos of myself. But in honor of 10 years here, I'll give up some shots through the years. Here I am when I first started blogging:
Just kidding. :) That's 4- or 5-year-old me somewhere in the Oregon Cascades.
|2010, Joseph, Oregon|
|2013, Mt. Pilchuck, Washington|
|2015, Broken Group, Vancouver Island, BC|
|2015, Shilshole Bay, Seattle|
|2017, Third Burroughs, Mt. Rainier National Park|
And from early 2018, a few sweet turns at Crystal Mountain (below).
I'd love to hear your thoughts and/or reflections in a comment below about our changing region, how that has affected you and how you get out, what you enjoy or would like to see more of here at Pacific NW Seasons, or anything else.
Happy trails and thanks for visiting Pacific Northwest Seasons!
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