Publications

I don't usually like to gloat about my accomplishments, but sometimes a little self promotion doesn't hurt. I'll start with the announcement of my first publication, which officially rolled off the presses last month. Last year, our lab was contacted to write a book chapter in a methods and protocol book on assessing anxiety behaviors in Zebrafish. So Barrie, Maia,…

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Wallowas

The final chapter in the visit of the in-laws consits of a visit to one of my favorite mountain ranges. There are many spectacular mountain ranges in the country, but I happen to have a fondness for the Wallowas in northeastern Oregon. Perhaps its because they're the closest mountains of their kind, or because they truely are a spectacular gem.…

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Return to Freezeout

Any time someone visits us, their stay would not be complete without a trip to Elk River and Freezeout Saddle. We were limited in our acitivites because one of our guests were not fit for any major hiking, but luckily, we have options for that. So Sunday, we took an easy morning and headed out mid-afternoon for some local adventure.…

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Aurora, part II

Well, I made my last post a bit too soon. After spending the evening on Freezeout Ridge (story and photos to come soon), Erin reminded us that the aurora might still be occuring and that we could possibly see it tonight. Clarkia isn't the best place to test this hypothesis because its surrounded by tall mountains in all directions, so…

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Aurora

We got alerts that a solar flare could cause an aurora that would be visible into the middle states. So, last night, I checked the sky and luckily it was clear to the north. I saw a faint glow on the horizon and set up the camera. Sure enough, there was an aurora. The excitement didn't last too long. I…

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Freezeout

The heatwave has hit the northwest. Today's temperatures on the Palouse rose into the high 90's, and tomorrow it may break 100. I wanted to hike so I can get in shape for backpacking next month, so I thought I'd take the dogs up to Freezeout Saddle and hike to Grandmother Mountain. But when I got up there, it was…

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Gardening

I can't believe it's July already. Time is flying by this summer. June has been a mixture of hot and dry with cold and rainy, and that has been good for my garden. Last year, I built two raised beds, each 8' x 4', but I only got one bed filled with dirt. It yielded some nice tomato plants that…

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Elk Butte

Ever since I first visited Elk River during my interview trip in February 2010, I had a desire to get to the top of Elk Butte. After all, who could resist a lookout tower boasting 3000 foot views? The only problem was finding a suitable way to get up there. While the maps show a road to the summit, descriptions…

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