Road Trip: Elk River Scenic Byway

[caption id="" width="500" caption="View over the Dworshak Reservoir"][/caption] Last weekend, we went to Orofino to check out a riding mower that someone was selling. The drive to Orofino is quite scenic, dropping into a canyon, and then climbing back out before reaching Kendrick, passing a few small mountains, and then descending into the big canyon: the Clearwater River. Orofino is…

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Potlatch River

Potlatch River, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. There is a Forest Service hiking trail about 3 miles due north of our house, though it's about 7 miles to drive there. Still, it's close for those after-work getaways. The trail is a ~5mi. loop along the Potlatch River that takes you along the river and then up to the "rim" of…

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I wish I had my Camera with me

One of the properties of Moscow is a wet winter and spring. We're close enough to the coast to get the rainy weather patterns, yet far enough inland to incur the effects of the Cascades rain shadow. Though I suppose being at the foothills of the next major mountain divide, it's only natural for the moisture to build up and…

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Snowstorm

Snowstorm, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. After last week's post about the snowstorm that welcomed us in to March, I took a few photos of the snow banks to illustrate how much we had. So here's one of those photos, from Tuesdsay, March 1. Now, to be fair, the total snowfall over the few days was anywhere between a foot…

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Happy March

Wow, it's March already. Yesterday, it began to snow. Let's back up, all of last week, it snowed. We may have gotten a good combined foot of fresh, fluffy powder. We got a bit of a break over the weekend. Sunday it snowed a bit, but the accumulation wasn't siginificant. But yesterday, it began to snow. In the course of…

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Website Update

If you're reading this on the website, you won't see much of a difference. But I just upgraded Wordpress to version 3.1 and upgraded the theme. The result is a better integration with the Gallery plugin. The galleries should now fit with the look of the site. Enjoy.

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Nostalgia

times square, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. I'm going to start this post by sharing a few photos I shot on Kodak T-Max black and white film way back in 2001 during my freshman year of college. Film. Back then, my little school of 1600 had a darkroom that the photo club and art department shared. It was in the…

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Winter Desires

I was in town today getting snow tires for Erin's Jeep, and when I'm in town, I often head over to Hyperspud to look at maps, books and gear that I can't afford. Today I was looking through the book Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills put out by the aptly named Mountaineers Press. They put out some nice hiking guides…

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Skiing

I went skiing for the first time in over five years, and it felt like I never took a break. Erin and I went to Silver Mountain with Tyler, and Travis. Silver is the nearest ski area to Moscow and it's not that bad. When the entire area is open, it's got a vertical of 2200 feet, but we haven't…

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Winter Arrives

So, today, Erin and I drove into Moscow to look at our snow removal options, but that ended up a fail since we left late and she had to get to work. So, I returned home with nothing new. The roads around here are plowed much differently than I expected. In Pennsylvania, the roads would be plowed down to the…

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First Snow

First Snow, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. On Friday, I woke up to find a light layer of white on everything. At first, I thought it was a heavy frost, but when I put my glasses on, the truth was revealed. We had our first snowfall. It wasn't much, less than an inch, and by late afternoon, all was gone.…

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New Books!

I've got two new books available for purchase. 2010: The Year of Change, Volume 1 is a collection of photographs and stories from the first half of the year. 2004-2007: A Portfolio from the Archives is a portfolio from my first four years out of college. This book is more of a photo portfolio rather than a personal album. 2004-2007…

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Hunter’s Moon

Havest Moon, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. I've been so busy lately that I haven't been able to make any new posts. I wish I could tell you that I've been busy doing some sort of interesting research, but that's just not the case yet. However, during my drive home this evening, I was given a nice treat. My drive…

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Old Rag

Spring!, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. In April, I briefly lost my camera due to a bent pin in the card slot. I sent it to Canon for repair and got the camera back in a week's time. Unfortunately, during that time, I had scheduled a hike up Old Rag with Jon, my supervisor at the time. So, after a…

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Oregon

Sunrise, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. I made my very first appearance in the state of Oregon over the weekend. I'm impressed and hooked. Oregon is a very pretty state, and I didn't even get to see very much of it. My Oregon experience took me to a little known section in the northeastern corner, the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area…

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Grandmother Mountain

Looking West on Grandmother Mountain, originally uploaded by Matthew Singer. This weekend, Erin and I set out for our first hike together in Idaho and we made our first summit together on Grandmother Mountain. The hike to Grandmother Mountain begins high up in the St. Joe National Forest 12 miles out of Clarkia. The entire hike is above 5500 feet,…

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