Innies and Outies a visual of meditation.

January 9th, 2013


Click on this one version of Innies and Outies and see a larger version of this stereogram.

Click on this one version of Innies and Outies and see a larger version of this stereogram.


Did you see it?

It’s a visual representation of the being swept away by the letting go in meditation.

A breaking through to another side inside and out.

You can make your own stereogram at Easy Stereogram Builder.

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Winter Paddling the Seven Lakes Region Snohomish County Washington

January 5th, 2013

Winter Paddling the Seven Lakes Region Snohomish County Washington can be a good thing.

If the water on the lakes isn’t frozen and if you are prepared for winter paddling the Seven Lakes Region can be a good bet.

People that live in the area or those that live in the Metro Seattle area, an hour or less away, can enjoy numerous lakes to choose from.

A dry suit and warm fleece underneath can be good protection from the cold air and cold water.

Winter paddling is great because obviously it isn’t as hot as summer, but believe it or not sometimes it isn’t much warmer in the summer. :)

Winter paddling things are lest hectic and sometimes more quiet. Many of the lakes don’t allow gasoline engines. Lake Goodwin and Shoecraft allow power boats. But in the winter the traffic is less than summer if any at all. Winter usually is when anglers are out putting around on the water and aren’t any hassle compared to the powerboat crowd in summer.

Take advantage of winter paddling and enjoy the cool time.

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Spada Lake road NOT open as of April 30, 2011.

April 30th, 2011

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Warning: Road to lake is closed at Olney as of April 30,2011. There is snow the last mile up to Olney Pass. There is only one track with snowbanks on both sides of the road. So, if you meet someone coming up or coming down you will not be able to turn around or pull off to the side.
The Jackson Project: Spada Lake Regulations states the road would be open April 30, 2011. Not true. The road is open at the lower level where it turns into dirt 2 miles below Olney Pass. The gate to lake is not open. You might want to wait another month before heading to Spada Lake.

Check out other possible paddling locations at Paddleheaven.com

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Paddling Thurston Howell, III alias the Swinomish Channel

April 29th, 2011

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Paddling Thurston Howell, III or Swinomish Channel or Got Wood?

Heading north from the yachting town of La Conner can be sort of pleasant paddle if the conditions are right.

The Swinomish Channel is nicked named here Thurston Howell, III in honor of the Howell characters on the olden days other tube TV program Gilligan’s Island. The channel can be busy with them that have money to burn on giant ships for the famous three hour tour.

La Conner view from the north on the Thurston Howell Memorial Channel.

La Conner view from the north on the Thurston Howell Memorial Channel.

The paddle from the little village on the channel of La Conner is pleasant enough. The tribal side is more or less piles of timber and some woodsy looking stuff. The eastern shore is farm land with a levee that in March featured daffodils in bloom and herons doing their thing as works did their jobs in the fields.

Got Flowers?  Daffodils here on daffy Planet Dementia.

Got Flowers? Daffodils here on Planet Dementia.

Once north of town there are sandy banks that might be nice on warm days. Good place to hop out and stretch the legs. From atop the bank on the eastern shore where it is public access, the view of the farms and Mt Baker are worth the paddle.

East Bank Thurston Howell the third Swinomish Channel.

East Bank Thurston Howell the third Swinomish Channel.

North of the open feeling is the start of “Where there is water, there are houses” eyesores that stretch north to Highway 20 and Paddilla Bay and on to places like Anacortes, and other paddling adventures in the bay. Note the bay to the north of the channel is a giant mud flat like the Goat Island area to the south of the channel that creates Fidalgo Island.

Got Wood Thurston Howell III alias Swinomish Channel

Got Wood Thurston Howell III alias Swinomish Channel

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Gargantuan Paddling Lake Wanapum

April 25th, 2011

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Gargantuan Paddling Lake Wanapum on the Columbia River north of Vantage via the Sunland Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife public water access at Sunland Estates in Grant County just south of the Gorge Amphitheater.

You might have been to a concert on the bluff above this paddling spot. Up in there in the music you pay to listen to from artists around the world. Down below in the quiet of the river during off season, there is another concert, a free take on the melody of nature. Coyotes can hollow and Canada Geese and many other birds will all echo off the walls that line this gargantuan grandiose setting of basalt cliffs and wide expanses of water.

Once beyond the Sunland community the river is free of houses and other human intervention unless there are campers or boaters during the summer until you reach the next community at Crescent Bar. The west side is nature areas managed by the WDFW.

If you like sunshine, critters, quiet, natural settings, this might be the place midweek or off season.

Check out the Paddling Wanapum Lake Sunland to Crescent Bar and PaddleHeaven.com for other possible enticing paddling adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

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More Spring Time Paddling Adventures on the Columbia River

April 15th, 2011

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May 2011 has been a wet one here in the Pacific Northwest. The west side of the Cascades has been soaked since last here. The spring is weeks behind schedule. So it was time to get out of dodge and head over the mountains via Stevens Pass to the Columbia River to see I could find some some and paddling opportunities.


You’re being watched when paddling here.
Wenatchee claims to be the apple capital of the world. Lincoln Rock is the Marmot capital of the Columbia River.

This trip was a combination of wildflower hunting starting at Lake Wenatchee and down through Plain, Chumstick and on to Peshastin trough the Balsam, Avalanche Lilies and then the last of the apple blossoms in the upper Wenatchee Valley.

The first night out it poured rain while camped in Confluence State Park in Wenatchee. The next day it was a cool and sunny for paddling up the Columbia River from the Confluence in the morning, and heading south to explore the Horan Natural Area where the Wenatchee River meets up with the Columbia.

Here is a link Paddling Confluence State Park about paddling up the dam river.

Paddling Horan Natural Area Confluence State Park has some information of interest to potential paddlers in this area.

Last but not least the next stop on this mini adventure was to head up to Lincoln Rock State Park on the east side of the Columbia in Douglas County just a few short miles north of East Wenatchee. For some stuff about Paddling Turtle Island Lincoln Rock State Park visit the website. This is the land of Marmots in the spring. A nice unexpected treat to see the critters roaming all over the place when camping here.

You can check out other paddling opportunities in the Pacific Northwest in particular Washington State at PaddleHeaven.com for more interesting places to paddle and camp for a day or longer touring.

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Spada Lake Road Closer

April 3rd, 2011

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Spada Lake Road Closer will occur the summer of 2011. Starting June 13 for 7 weeks culverts on the South Shore Lake Road will be closed during the week.

The road will be open on weekends so paddlers and others can still use the lake from Thursday evening through Sunday.

South Shore Lake Road closer information for summer 2011.

South Shore Lake Road closer information for summer 2011.

Check out more information for and about escaping the Big Shitty and paddling at places like Spada Lake South Shore and at the South Fork put-ins on Spada Lake outside of Sultan Washington on the Highway 2 route to Stevens Pass in the Pacific Northwest.

For more Washington State and other locations check out PaddleHeaven.com

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