Bainbridge author’s new book explores the Olympics and Cascades. #k5evening
ELWHA, Wash. – When the mountains mentioned Bainbridge Island writer Nancy Blakey, she replied with a book.
She wrote “The Mountains are Calling: Year-Round Adventures in the Olympics and West Cascades† to encourage people of all ages and stages to get outside. Part of the title is something you see on a lot of bumper stickers and t-shirts lately. It’s also a quote from John Muir, which Blakey believes has inspired many to get outside.
“I think this book works, this book is a great invitation.”
She took us to the Elwha Valley, in Olympic National Park, for a short hike that she has included in her book with a great reward: Madison Creek Falls, a 1/3 mile hike to a waterfall with a paved, accessible trail.
Blakey’s entire book is an easily accessible guide to the trails, plants, and wildlife that give the Pacific Northwest mountains their majesty. It’s full of illustrations, packing tips, hiking trails, and mountain hut getaways. You will also find plenty of opulent photos. In short, it is a vision board for anyone who wants to spend more time in the local mountains.
And Blakey did one thing while she was writing it, she wants everyone to try.
“A lot of solo hiking – and I really want to encourage people to hike solo. If you wait for the right time and the right weather and someone to go with you, you often won’t do it. But you never regret it ‘, she said.
“The mountains are calling” is a nice travel guide. It also reminds us that we are lucky enough to live in a place where it is so easy to answer the mountain’s call, just like this author did.
“Basically, going outside is just one of those things in life, be it your backyard or in the mountains.”
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