Huckleberries.

I went up to Freezeout Saddle with some photo club people to pick huckleberries. As I expected, they were still ripe, and very plentiful. But the problem with huckleberries is that you can pick for an hour and still not get very much. I think I came home with maybe a pint of berries. I brought my camera up as…

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Perseoids

Every summer at early-mid August, we enter a portion of the solar system rife with meteors, and ever year around this time, many of those chunks of rock and debris hit our atmosphere and burn up, giving us the Perseoid meteor shower. This year, the shower did not occur during a full moon, and so the skies were dark and…

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Fishing on the North Fork

I went fishing along the North Fork of the Clearwater with Tyler and Dan, two graduate students in the department. Unfortunately, it was a short trip, leaving Thursday morning and returning late Friday afternoon, but that's just how the timing worked, and it was a much needed getaway for all of us. We camped at Kelly Forks campground, luckily snagging…

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Garden Update

For the past month, we've been able to enjoy some of the produce coming out of the garden. The lettuce has been producing beautiful and tasty leaves. There's nothing like a freshly-picked salad. One of the lettuces has flowered and will soon go to seed. I think we will let it mature in an attempt to collect seeds to plant…

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Float Trip 2012

View Float Trip 2012 in a larger mapEvery year, the graduate students from the University of Idaho's biology department embarks on a float trip on the Snake River. It's an annual tradion that carrys on well before my time. Actually, I'm not sure when the tradition began. In 2010, the float trip was held shortly after I arrived in Idaho.…

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East Peak

There are many peaks in the Wallowas that top 9000 feet, so East Peak might go unnoticed if it weren't so easily accessible. It turns out that I'm not the only one who thought to use the Wallowa Lake Tramway to cover the first 3700 feet of elevation, reducing the climb to the peak to 1300 feet. This hike is…

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Lookout Mountain

Everytime I'm up on Grandmother Mountain, I look to the east and see the bald dome of Lookout Mountain rising over the Marble Creek drainage and I long to stand on top and look down from the other side. Finally, with my parents and sister visiting, I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this trail. There…

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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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