Moran State Park

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Here is where I have been living since April:

Jane... What else would you call a female deer when you don't know their real name?

What else would you call a female deer when you don’t know their real name? Of course… Jane!!!

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Moran State Park

Job Searching

Just things, Outdoors, Uncategorized

Searching for a job in the world today is much different. Those of you looking for a job know what I mean. You have to be competitive, and to do that involves social media.

I used to be on Facebook, but left it nearly four years ago. I got tired of privacy issues with the site every time they would update the site. I also got tired of hearing about people’s religion, politics, and what they had for breakfast. I still will not get on that site again, but have to use some other forms of social media to find employment.

I recently resumed my blog (obviously), and last week I got on LinkedIn. I just signed up for a Twitter account a few minutes ago so now I am learning how to use it for a job search and, if I did it right, have all three tied together.

It looks like it will be a little challenging but I am looking at websites for help on using Twitter for a job search. If you have any suggestions or helpful hints please send me a message.

Shawn

Not Much Longer…

Adventure, Just things, Uncategorized

I have about five more weeks left to work up here in the San Juans. It has been a lot of fun and I have gotten to live and work in yet another beautiful place here in Washington.

I am not quite sure what is next…going back to Port Angeles for now and surgery is still pending for mid-October but I am in the process of looking for my next position.

I built a LinkedIn profile yesterday and have been busy this morning trying to get my info posted there. I am not on Facebook or Twitter and am not really interested in Facebook. However, I am not sure if Twitter would be helpful for a job search or not. If anyone has thoughts on that (or any other job searching ideas) please let me know. I am monitoring the unemployment website, a couple of job aggregators, USAjobs, Washington State job site, and some local papers.

If anyone reading this hears or knows of any outdoor opportunities here in Washington please let me know either here or on LinkedIn. It would be greatly appreciated.

August 8, 2015

Adventure

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Today I took the Tunnel Creek trail and hiked to Hope Lake then on to Mig Lake. It was a perfect day for a hike – a few clouds but not enough to hamper the sun. The temperature was probably in the 60s, and except for six others and the loud-ass family of 5 whose kids had to scream literally at the top of their lungs, not many people.

When they say “most difficult”, they mean it. It went straight uphill for a mile and a half solid. I had red trail reviews about the hike and people were commenting about there wasn’t much to see. They were wrong! It was a beautiful hike through the forest. Lots of huge old-growth trees, plants of all sorts, and several different species of berries. As a benefit, and the canopy overhead blocked out the sun which was pretty warm when you were walking uphill in it.

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A wilderness area has its own set of unique rules and regulations. It is nature set aside by man, yet it is the most restrictive of all the public lands. In a wilderness area you don’t see a lot of human interference, such as signs. Mechanical objects are not allowed even if it is to work on the trails or clearly tree. Wilderness areas are usually pretty pristine, but today I saw the bottom of the gene pool had been hiking there. Toilet paper/baby wipes along the trail and food scraps in camping areas. People just don’t get it it seems. I do my shareeople do as well. I do my share, and most other people do as well. Unfortunately the few people that don’t really should stay home but don’t.

I didn’t let that get me down though. As you can see it was a fantastic day for a walk and it was a fantastic day for a fantastic walk.

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Hope Lake

Mig Lake

Plus, you have to remember that even though it may be hard to go uphill, then you stll have to come back downhill. I think downhill is worse than going uphill personally. It is harder on your knees.

It was a really good day in the forest. I got to decompress a little more and it felt nice. I’m hoping my bones solidify again quickly so Meghan and I can go for a hike tomorrow before I have to go back to the islands.

One thing I forgot to mention yesterday’s post was an amusing little thing about making the dogs. Both of her dogs like to eat blackberries off the fine! Seriously, they walk over to the vines and pluck the ripe blackberries off and eat them!

Please bear in mind that these last two post have been off of my iPhone and I will probably have to clean them up when I get back to the islands. I just wanted to get a posting p please bear in mind that these last two posts have been off of my iPhone and I will probably have to clean them up when I get back to the islands.

Until next time!

August 7, 2015

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Yesterday I came over to hang with Meghan at her place in Skykomish. I got here late in the day so didn’t get to see much. I have been through this area before but was just passing through.

It is a pretty area and quite reminiscent of parts of Colorado except some of the peaks, like Mt. Index, are very jagged like the Sawtooths in Idaho. There are beautiful streams and lots of trails as well, and Saturday I am going on an all-day hike.

Today I saw Meghan at work and she showed me around the Forest Service office she works in. That was pretty cool to see. After that I did a short loop trail by Deception Falls. It was the first forest hike I have done in over a year – between work and the wreck I have not been out in the woods much and I have missed it.

Meghan at Work

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Meghan got off work early and we went to an airplane museum, where we saw some interesting planes. One thing that was really cool was the DC-3, and they even fired up the engines whole we were standing there!

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It is great to see Meghan again and it was great to be in the woods again. I have had quite a bit on my mind lately and badly need to decompress and try to regroup. I did not really realize how bad I needed this weekend until today when I set foot on that trail and saw those giant trees and the waterfalls. I felt a sense of peace that I have not had in a long while and I really am looking forward to being being high on the trail tomorrow.

Until then…

It damn sure won’t be another year between hikes like that.