In the Shadow of Rain

by Alison James I love driving from Missoula to Helena or Great Falls or Bozeman, over the big passes of the Continental Divide and along some of our country’s most spectacular rivers. On the west side of the Divide, we pass green foothills, huge ponderosas and larch,...

Traversing the Interior Rainforest and Snow Forest of Cascadia

Story and photos by Nick Littman On my living room wall, I have mounted a many-colored map. I stop to look at it often, not to see where I am going, but to remember where I am. The map does not show me much about topography, or where highways go, or how big Seattle is...

Skiing in Our Winter Wonderland

There are many great ways to get outside in winter, from building snowpeople in your backyard to skinning up a mountain for some backcountry skiing. For a family-friendly and relatively inexpensive way to explore wintry landscapes, cross-country skiing is a great...

Moon Dogs

by Ellie Duncan Tonight we’re staying in a primitive cabin, lit with the enticing orange and warmth of the small cast iron fireplace. We pull our toasted faces away from the hypnotic flame, determined to observe the night sky from the frozen surface of Lake Como which...

The Importance of Being Warm

Story and watercolors by Wenfei Tong        Many parents volunteer in their children’s schools and classrooms, putting in extra time and energy to help support teachers and ensure that their kids receive a good education—people with children have a strong incentive to...