Post two: Water World

Water in a landscape is universally appealing. The glittering ripples, colorful reflections, and soothing sounds draw us in to enjoy, admire, reflect. We slow down and gaze in, trying to discern what is below in the shadows, under a log, behind the rock. We might think first of fish, the salmon of yesteryear, trout of today. Of tadpoles and insects and birds. Even otters and beavers. They are all here, but it takes time to see them since so many understandably, don’t want to be found. But their habitat is here, all around Bumping Lake. The streams of the Bumping River Valley are pristine, spilling down from alpine meadows, collecting unmolested, and gathering into larger creeks and finally the River itself. Their waters are cool and unbelievably clear. I am fascinated with the world beneath the surface and take my trusty underwater camera on most outdoor explorations. The camera is like an upside down periscope that lets me peer into the watery depths. It is my window to another wor

Intro to Blog and Post One: Fabulous Fungi

To those of you who have been to the beautiful Bumping River Valley,   you already know that it is a special place. Maybe you camped there as a child or drove in as an adult on a road trip through the Cascades or gather each year for a family reunion. Whatever your experience, this small corner has a unique place in your heart, and you care about it.   Of course, there are many scenic spots in our lovely state, but somehow Bumping is extra special. Is this just our imagination because of an emotional connection? Are we biased? Perhaps, but I will suggest that this area is unique and quite extraordinary. Tremendous diversity, relatively intact ecosystems, a fascinating human history, and long familial legacies are all wrapped up in a setting worthy of a travel poster. I have described much of this in my book, Tanum , but there is so much did not make it in! On these pages, I will be highlighting some of the lesser known charms of the Valley past and present that I find fascinating but