Category Archives: Camping/Hiking/Fun

Kim Mason / For The Chronicle: You should always take the time to stop and smell the roses, but beware! a Flower Crab Spider may be hiding inside. This spider doesn't spin webs, but only uses its silk to protect its eggs. Their venom is deadly, but only if you are an insect.

Under the Open Sky: Beat the Heat, Take a Woodland Hike

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle According to the weather report, the temperatures are supposed to soar this weekend. If you want to beat the heat you could walk in an air-conditioned mall — which is cool, but the kind of wildlife you tend to meet there tends to walk on two legs, not four. Why not head for the woods and walk in the shade? If you plan on visiting the Mossyrock Blueberry Festival on Saturday (and I highly recommend you do!), there are…

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National Forest Urges Safety After Glissading Accidents on Mount St. Helens

By Kyle Spurr Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials issued a message this week reminding Mount St. Helens climbers to not purposely slide down the active volcano after a day on the mountain. The reminder may seem obvious, but the Forest Service is serious about glissading down Mount St. Helens after a 26-year-old woman recently ended up hospitalized from deliberately sliding down the ice and snow.

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Last Evening Razor Clam Dig of the Season This Weekend

By Kim Mason For The Chronicle The last evening razor-clam dig of the season will take place Feb. 18-19 on three ocean beaches — Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. After that, clam diggers can look forward to a series of digs on morning tides. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon. Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said Copalis beach will remain closed for razor-clam digging this month, due to a relatively low abundance of clams. That closure will affect beaches…

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Cowlitz Anglers Still Waiting for B-Run

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle GBBC Just Around the Corner Bird watchers across the U.S. and Canada are getting ready to tally millions of birds in the annual count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada. “This count is so much fun because anyone can take part–we all learn and watch birds together — whether you are an expert, novice, or feeder watcher,” said Gary Langham, Audubon’s Chief Scientist. “I like to invite new birders to join…

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