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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wild Night Out 2014 Live Auction Catalog

Check out our amazing live auction line up you can bid on by attending Wild Night Out 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Mountaineers! Get your tickets today!


A Day in the Field with Nature Photographer Andy Porter
The winning bidder and up to two guests experience a day in the field with famed nature photographer Andy Porter along the Lake Anne - Maple Pass Loop.  See nature’s beauty through a new lens on this all day trip, which includes a guided tour and photo lessons!   Guests must provide food and transportation to and from Sedro Woolley (transportation to the trailhead is provided) on a mutual agreeable and weather dependent date.
Donor: Andy Porter
Value: $400



Camano Island Canopy Tour Zip Line Adventure
You’ve never seen the forest like this before! Zip your way through a canopy of the forests of Camano Island! Walking between the zips, you will learn about nature, wildlife and the rich history of the land. Clip in, relax and enjoy the ride with a view! Safety restrictions: weight between 65 and 300 pounds, at least 48 inches in height, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Donor: Canopy Tours NW
Value: $190


The beautiful Long Beach Peninsula offers 28 miles of
sandy beach and surf! 
Long Beach Peninsula One-Night Getaway
The Long Beach Peninsula is unbeatable! Soak in 28 miles of natural beach habitat just outside your hotel door at the dog-friendly Adrift Hotel and take a tour of one of the peninsula’s famed cranberry bogs! Tonight you’ll take home two bottles of Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice. And what goes well with cranberry juice? Delicious, locally and sustainably crafted Bluewater Distillery vodka! Adrift Hotel is a one-night stay, best available room, not valid holidays or event times, valid for stays Sunday through Thursday, must present gift certificate at check in. Expires Sept. 20, 2015.


Donors: Adrift Hotel, Starvation Alley Farms, Bluewater Distillery
Value: $285



WILD Weekend in Index 
Get in touch with your wild side in Index and experience the area just outside the Wild Sky Wilderness. This package includes one night of lodging in the Historic Bush House Inn, North Fork Skykomish River Whitewater Rafting (Class II-III), and a guided hike. It will be a weekend of adventure to remember while you also remember why Wilderness matters even more 50 years after the Wilderness Act!
Donor: Outdoor Adventures
Value: $599



Sound Spirits Distillery: Ebb and Flow Bottle of Gin and Distillery Party
Take home a tasty bottle of Sound Spirits gin, amazing to sip but also crafted to bring out the best in classic cocktails, with a rich balance of flavors: herbal, citrus and spice. But you aren’t just taking home one of the best bottles of gin on the market. You also get a PRIVATE PARTY for 15-20 people at the distillery including a tour, tastings and a few mixed drinks! Guests must be 21+. Party will be held on a mutually agreed upon date, Sun-Thurs, 5pm to 8pm. Expires October 18, 2015.
Donor: Sound Spirits Distillery
Value: $250


Hike in Wilderness with a Team of Pack Goats
This is a one-of-a-kind day hike to get on your 2015 hiking calendar! Explore the outdoors with
Donna Ruelas-Semasko and her team of pack goats. These sure-footed, furry friends are both charming and helpful on the trail! Lunch will be included. Hike should be scheduled for spring or summer in 2015 on a Saturday or Sunday; can accommodate up to six hikers; no minimum age; Donna will offer the winning bidder a choice of hikes closer to the hike time frame. Expires October 18, 2015.
Donor: Donna Ruelas-Semasko
Value: $240





(Bag in auction is not the bag in this picture)
Women’s Alchemy Goods Mystery Bag
Not only do you take home an Alchemy Goods bag made completely of recycled materials, but just wait until you peek inside! Treat yourself to top-of-the-line hair care products from Aveda, outdoor gear from Kavu and Love Bamboo and two-day passes for full entry to the women-only Ladywell’s Spa and Sauna in Greenwood which include access to soaking tubs, heat therapy rooms, the relaxation lounge, towels, lockers and filtered water! Ahhhhh! You’ll find over $100 worth of other surprises inside as well.                   

Donors: Alchemy Goods, Aveda, Chinook Book, Kavu, IanFitness, Nikwax, Ladywell’s Vitality Spa and Sauna, Love Bamboo
Value: $336


Smartwool Men’s Head to Toe Kit
This gift card is good for getting the perfect size for one men’s baselayer top and bottom, a pair of socks, a hat and gloves. Stay warm and cozy on the slopes, in the backcountry, on the trail or just in the comfort or your own home this winter with top-of-the-line thermal attire from Smartwool!
Donor: Smartwool
Value: $350


Smartwool Women’s Head to Toe Kit  
This gift card is good for getting the perfect size for one women’s baselayer top and bottom, a pair of socks, a hat and gloves. Stay warm and cozy on the slopes, in the backcountry, on the trail or just in the comfort or your own home this winter with top-of-the-line thermal attire from Smartwool!
Donor: Smartwool


Banya5 puts the "aaaaahhhh!" in spa!
Value: $350
Seattle Staycation Getaway
Begin your evening with a $100 gift card toward dinner at Seattle’s premier Asian restaurant, Wild Ginger. After enjoying a delicious dinner, head over to use your Banya5 Urban Spa pass good for five visits for a healthy hot and cold soak! Finish your night with a one-night stay in a luxurious room at W Seattle Hotel, good for two people any Friday or Saturday night. Wild Ginger gift card does not include tip or alcohol.
Donors: Wild Ginger, W Seattle Hotel, and Banya5 Urban Spa
Value: $700



Davenport Cellars 
Attention, wine lovers, wine snobs, wine aficionados! You don’t want to miss this! Win a private wine tasting party with wine and cheese or wine and chocolate pairings for up to 12 of your friends at Davenport Cellars located in Woodinville. Davenport Cellars is committed to crafting quality wines using the following tenets in winemaking. They source the highest quality grapes available; use a minimalist approach; pay attention to the details; handle the fruit and wine as gently as possible; and maintain traditional practices. The winning bidder also takes home a bottle of Davenport Cellars 2009 Continuity tonight to build the anticipation!
Donor: Davenport Cellars
Value: $329


Week-long Stay at Mount Baker Condo
Bask in the beauty of Mount Baker for ONE FULL WEEK at the closest accommodations to the Mount Baker Ski Area.  Your proximity will enable you to easily explore Mount Baker, Bellingham, or even Vancouver, B.C. with ease.  The condominium amenities include two heated pools, jacuzzi, sauna, four outdoor tennis courts, racquetball, squash courts, handball courts, wally ball courts, basketball courts and a fitness room.  You can choose to explore, or just stay in and relax. Weeks available include 12/12/14, 6/5/2015, and 8/28/15 and must be booked by November 1st to ensure availability. 
Donor: Andrea Matzke
Value: $850


K2 Sports Skis Gift Certificate
No matter what your skiing style, K2 has the gear for you! Whether you’re into groomers, freeride or backcountry, experienced or novice – this certificate will ensure that you have the best gear on the mountain. Details: Gift certificate is redeemable only for one pair of either men’s or women’s flat skis. Product, size, color, etc. are subject to availability and does not include bindings.
Donor: K2 Sports
Value: $700


K2 Sports Snow Shoes Gift Certificate
Hit the trail this winter with a pair of Tubbs Showshoes! Explore the snow-covered forest and mountain air and stay in shape all winter long. Wild Sky Wilderness, the Olympics and Cascades, Methow Valley – enjoy the winter wonderland snowy splendor of these places this winter! Details: Gift certificate is redeemable only for one pair of Tubbs Snowshoes. Product, size, color, etc. are subject to availability.
Donor: K2 Sports
Value: $260


Register Your Trademark and Protect Your Brand!
Are you a small business owner who has never gotten around to protecting the name of your company with a state or federal trademark registration?  Do you have dreams of starting your own business but have no idea how to select a trademark and register it for protection?  Look no further! The winner of this item receives trademark procurement services and counseling from one of the area’s top lawyers practicing in this evolving area of the law.  Washington Wild Board member, Mark Walters, will conduct a “knock-out” search of US Trademark filings providing preliminary clearance for your name.  Depending on the search results, Mark will also file a trademark application seeking to register your trademark with the appropriate state or federal registry.  Furthermore, Mark can provide advice if the search turns up a conflicting trademark. This item includes one government filing fee for one class of goods and services using standard goods and services descriptions ($275) as well as time required to complete the search and application for trademark (about 1.5 hours of time).   Expires October 18, 2015.
Donor: Mark Walters
Value: $1,000


Mazama Ski Excursion Getaway
Enjoy three nights for two at this mountain lodge, located at the edge of the Pasayten Wilderness. You will be surrounded by half a million acres of virgin timberland and mountains offering a wide variety of recreational activities and a place to retreat deep into nature. In keeping with the peaceful setting, there are no phones or television sets in in guest rooms although wireless internet is available throughout the lodge. Who will need WiFi though, when you are taking ski lessons for two from at the Methow Valley Ski School? Whatever your activity, you will enjoy an excellent restaurant, hot tub/sauna, pool and other facilities. Restrictions: Not usable during holidays. Expires October, 2015.
Donor: Mazama Country Inn and Methow Valley Ski School
Value: $950


Andy Porter Photography
Andy Porter Photography: Sahale Glacier Camp Smithsonian Museum Print
The Wilderness Act turns 50 years this year and the Smithsonian Museum, as part of the Wilderness 50 Celebration, is displaying the best pictures of protected areas under this powerful Act!  This autographed 15" x 20" canvas-wrapped print of Sahale Glacier Camp in the Steven Mather Wilderness, North Cascades National Park is on display in the Smithsonian - and could be on display in YOUR home!
Donor: Andy Porter
Value: $200


Mount Rainier Snowshoe Escape for Two
This full-day escape offers opportunities for adventure, exploration, learning and having fun! Old growth forests, frozen waterfalls, wildlife and river valleys connected to glaciers – you’ll see it all! Led by a naturalist guide, you will be driven from downtown Seattle in a bio-fueled Mercedes van or crossover and treated to morning tea and pastries on the way up the mountain. Enjoy a seasonal Cascadian lunch with local wine and afternoon snacks! Park entry fees, snowshoes and poles are included. All you need to do is show up and have fun! Expires May 14, 2015. Restrictions apply. Confirmation is subject to availability. No rescheduling within seven days of departure.
Donor: Evergreen Escapes        
Value: $450


Columbia Backpack Mystery Bag
This Columbia backpack that just keeps on giving! The winner of this Treadlite Performance Backpack has quite the surprise in store for them when they open it up! Inside you’ll find outdoor gear, a Mount Rainier hiking guide and credit for a session with one of Seattle’s best personal training facilities to help you get ready to tackle the outdoors! Also includes over $100 of surprises!
Donors: Columbia, Patagonia, Nikwax, IanFitness, Chinook Book, Ecosocks, Sasquatch Books, Petzl
Value: $320


Mariners Tickets and Dinner at Elliot’s Oyster House
Mariners and fresh local oysters? What a perfect Seattle day! Fill up on a delicious meal at the restaurant where Seattle goes to for seafood (valet parking included!), and then hit the ball game! These Charter Seats are just the first row behind the Diamond Club 9 rows back behind the on deck circle.  You are right in the middle of the action with great views of home plate and both dugouts. Seats are in section 132, row 9, seats 15 & 16. 
Donors: Michael Barcott and Elliot’s Oyster House           
Value: $295


X-Box One + Kinect and Project Spark
Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One. And now, Kinect has been completely re-engineered to take full advantage of all that Xbox One can do. It's more precise. More responsive. More intuitive. Its unparalleled voice, vision, and motion technology lets you reach into games and entertainment like never before. Automatically sign in when you enter the room. Accelerate through a game with subtle gestures. Or navigate through your favorite TV shows with the sound of your voice. It's an entirely new Kinect for a new generation of entertainment. To get you started, play “Project Spark.” “Project Spark” unlocks imagination and creativity like never before. It’s a powerful gaming destination where creation and play live seamlessly together. Build the supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games and worlds and share them with a global community. Dive in to the community’s collective imagination and start playing. If you dream of creating your own games and love to build your own stories, “Project Spark” provides a powerful creation engine that unlocks world building through intuitive sculpting tools to shape and paint a new world, as well as a simple yet incredibly powerful visual programming language to make anything happen. Be a part of the never-ending evolution of creation. Access the frontier of game creation. “Project Spark” is where players create and creators play.
Donor: Carla Villar
Value: $570



Two-Day San Juan’s Sea Kayaking Trip      
Washington offers many gems, some of which are islands.  Come visit the San Juans and learn to appreciate them- through camping, kayaking, and biking the San Juan Islands.  Come experience these beautiful islands like you never have before.  Restrictions apply – see gift certificate for details.      
Donor: Outdoor Adventures
Value: $699


A Bike For the City and Adventure
This bike is perfectly suited for your next commute to the office or trip to the beach. The sturdy cantilever frame and fun, modern graphics are distinctly Felt and will turn some heads wherever you are going. The balloon tires and upright handlebars make for a smooth ride and allow you to take in the scenery as the miles pass by. Remember, life is a journey, not a destination!Donor: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Value: $300


Apple Pressing and Dutch Oven Experience in Index
Traditionally seen as a campfire method of cooking, Dutch Ovens have become popular for home cooking as well, and once you've had some basic instruction and a chance to try it, you'll be preparing great dishes in no time! Heating coals, seasoning the cast iron, and calculating heating temperatures can put even an experienced cook out of their comfort zone, but we'll get you off and cooking in no time!   If that’s not enough you will also learn about apple pressing!  Come visit Index and learn a thing or two that will change you for back home!  See certificate for details and restrictions.
Donor: Outdoor Adventures
Value: $150




Brewshed® Growler and WABL Membership
Take home this one-of-a-kind growler celebrating the Washington Wild Brewshed® Alliance! And don’t forget to bring it with you when you’re joining Washington Wild for a Brewshed® happy hour at one of our brewery partners’ tap rooms in the upcoming year! Fill it up with tasty, locally crafted beer made from clean pure water that flows out of wilderness areas Washington Wild works to protect. You also get a one-year membership to Washington Beer Lovers (WABL)! WABL’s mission is to build a community of local craft beer enthusiasts while pursuing an active, responsible, and social lifestyle built around Washington beer.
Donor: Fresh NW Design and WABL
Value: $135


Monday, September 29, 2014

4th Annual Craft Beer + Food Recap

Kendall Jones, Lyndsay Gordon (Washington Wild's Brewshed® Program
Manager), and Kim Jones celebrating a hugely successful event! 
This year Kendall and Kim Jones of the Washington Beer Blog chose Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance as the beneficiary of their 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food event.  We were happily overwhelmed by the support of people for this event, by the breweries and restaurants that attended, and for the enthusiasm displayed for our mission to protect Washington’s wild lands and waters. 



Taster glasses ready for the 300 event participants!


The event was a huge success and sold out in just four days!  Over 300 people arrived at Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle to sample superior local beer and bites from popular Seattle restaurants.  Guests were offered twelve different and exquisite pairings of local food from restaurants designed to accentuate and compliment their local craft beer counterpart.

Guests cast votes, at a dollar per vote, for their favorite pairings offered throughout the evening.  At 8:00 PM, voting jars were collected and people flooded to the Washington Wild table to tender their last minute votes for their favorite pairings.  The first place winner of the 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food People’s Choice award was Beardslee Public House, to open soon in Bothell, which provided both the food and beverage for their pairing.  Coming in as runner-up was Brewshed® Partner, Reuben’s Brews and Dahlia Bakery.
The tip jars for voting!

Craft Beer + Food raised over $10,400 for Washington Wild in one evening!  We offer a heartfelt thanks to all the people that made this event not only possible, but a huge success including: Kendall and Kim Jones, all of the volunteers, the Palace Ballroom staff, the participating restaurants, and of course the participating breweries, Brewshed® partners or not, alike!







Thank you to everyone for a great event!  

Our Brewshed® Volunteers during the 4th Annual Craft Beer + Food Fest.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Why Protecting Wilderness Matters


-->By Washington Wild TIPS Intern Evelyn Newman

We all have our own predisposed notions of the world. When we are young our minds are molded by those around us; our parents, our mentors. The ideas and beliefs are others, not ours.  It is not until we are older that we truly start understanding the world for ourselves.  
I first became concerned about our planet at the age of twelve. I always knew about global warming and deforestation, but it didn’t really hit home for me until such time.   
During that point of my life, I was obsessed with Orangutans. I can’t exactly explain why I felt such a powerful connection to them. Maybe it is the fact that they are so human like in their emotions and actions; Orangutans share roughly 97 percent of our DNA. Or maybe it’s simply the fact that there are now less than 6,600 left in Sumatra, and less than 54,000 in Borneo (www.orangutans-sos.org). It is thought that these amazing creatures are to become the Great Apes to go extinct; I felt like it was my duty as an individual to protect them.

By concerning myself with protecting Orangutans, I unknowingly propelled myself into the bigger picture of protecting the wilderness. It made me realize how much the planet offers us and how I couldn’t stand idly by and watch it degrade. Washington Wild is trying to stop that very thing.

Washington Wild is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protect and restore wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education and civic engagement. By educating, empowering and mobilizing our communities, Washington Wild builds powerful grassroots networks that help protect wild lands throughout the state.  Washington Wild is the only conservation organization for Washington State and since our founding 1979, we have protected over three million acres of wilderness.

Though Washington Wild is a locally focused organization, their mission can still be understood on a larger global scale. My time with the organization and seeing the work they do to protect our wild lands and waters in Washington state has shown me that we cannot keep living the way we live without consequences, that something has to be done to better our future. Washington Wild is making this happen.

Friday, May 30, 2014

First Annual Brewshed Alliance Pub Crawl Was a Huge Success!

Washington Wild held its first annual Seattle Beer Week pub crawl on May 15, 2014, with Brewshed®
WA Wild Outreach Coordinator with Mike Hale of Hale's Ales
Alliance partners, Peddler Brewing, NW Peaks Brewing and Reuben’s Brews. At nearly 40 people, the event was a resounding success! 


Beer lovers and wilderness fans alike turned out for the “crawl” through the breweries of our Ballard Brewshed® Partners. Participants ranged from out-of-towners who were happy to get a walking tour the Seattle brewery scene, to beer aficionados and aspiring brewers such as those from Flying Lion Brewing Company opening this summer in Columbia City, to longstanding successful pioneers of the local brewing industry in the state, such as Mike Hale of Hale’s Ales.

Beer and cake!
Others, like Evan Escamilla, saw the opportunity as a trifecta of fun: support a good cause, drink beer with good friends and celebrate a birthday! (This definitely called for cake.)

He said, “For myself and many of my friends, [the pub crawl] was our first exposure to the organization. I'm hopeful that some will remain active and consider donating or participating in a Brewshed® pub crawl again in the future. Thank you for being a great cause.”

We started at Peddler Brewing Company with discounts and cake.  Then we moved to NW Peaks Brewing where owner Kevin Klein created a specialty brew in honor of Washington Wild, and we ended at Reuben’s Brews where some crawlers shut the place down.

All three breweries have been enthusiastic supporters of Washington Wild’s efforts to educate the
These pub crawlers are opening Flying Lion Brewing this summer!
public on the direct link between the protection of Washington’s water sources and the protection of the state’s high quality beer.  Haley Woods of Peddler Brewing Company recorded a testimonial this month that summarized the valuable partnership between Washington Wild and Peddler that ran on the Seattle-based radio station KEXP.

Haley stated, “Breweries might be a nontraditional ally in conservation, but we’re a completely natural one.  Like all brewers, Peddler Brewing Company is highly dependent on clean water, because clean water makes better beer. [Washington Wild’s] work to protect headwaters in wilderness also protects downstream water quality.”

The Washington Brewshed® Alliance continues to grow in momentum and popularity.  Our Outreach
Crawlers enjoying a beer at Peddler!
Coordinator Lyndsay Gordon whose job allows her to combine her two passions in life – beer and wilderness conservation – is working around the state to engage Washington brewers and their patrons in joining the Brewshed® Alliance and supporting the work of Washington Wild. The Brewshed® Alliance currently consists of 16 breweries and two beer community partners and still growing.

If you missed the pub crawl in May, you can more than make up for it by attending Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Beer Festival on Thursday, July 31, at Hales Ales in Fremont. With our Brewshed® Alliance brewery partners pouring at the event, this is an event for beer lovers that is not to be missed, so get your tickets today! We will have a raffle and other surprises to come.  To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming Brewshed events, sign up to receive the monthly update. Email Lyndsay Gordon at Lyndsay@wawild.org.

 
The crowd ends the evening at Reuben's Brews.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Save the Dates for Summer Fun with Washington Wild!

Seattle got an exhilarating sneak peak of summer this week with a couple days of 80-degree temperature highs. The shorts and sunglasses came out, moods soared with the temperatures, and we started thinking ahead to Washington Wild’s summer calendar of events. And many of them involve drinking beer and exploring Wilderness.

Brewshed® Alliance Happy Hours

June: As if you needed another excuse to visit to Leavenworth this summer, Icicle Brewing Company is hosting a Brewshed® Happy Hour on Friday, June 6. Grab those lederhosen and join Washington Wild for some tasty, locally crafted beer!

July: Hang out in Greenwood (just blocks from where all the magic happens at Washington Wild headquarters) for Brewshed® Happy Hour at Naked City on Thursday, July 10! It is patio weather (everyone knows it stops raining in Seattle on July 5), and Naked City has one of the best beer-drinking patios in the city!

August: We are back in Ballard at NW Peaks for our August Brewshed® Happy Hour on Thursday, August 14! Mountain-themed craft beers, anyone? How about an Ingalls Ginger or a Challenger IPA?

Hope you can join us for one or all of these Brewshed® Alliance Happy Hours this summer. A dollar per pint goes toward Washington Wild’s work to preserve wild lands and waters. Come out, get a pint, talk with us about the direct connection between Wilderness and river protection and beer.



Summer Hikes

Dust off the hiking boots, it’s ALMOST that time of year again! Summer hiking season! Washington Wild staff and volunteers had so much fun last year taking people out to see and experience firsthand the places we work to protect. From the Grey Wolf Trail on the Olympic Peninsula to the Pratt Connector Trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, we hosted a hiking series that hosted expert hikers, novices, kids as young as four years old and even one that was led by a team of pack goats!

Stay up to date on our 2014 Summer Hiking Series by signing up to receive our e-newsletter and checking our FB page and website for updates. Join us, get outside and learn about the wild lands and waters for which Washington Wild is working to secure permanent protections.




BEERFEST: July 31

That’s right. I said, “BEERFEST”, in all caps so you know it’s a big deal. Washington Wild is holding its first Brewshed® Alliance Beer Festival on Thursday evening, July 31st, at Hales Ales in Fremont! The festival will feature the crafts of our wonderful Brewshed® Partners!  More information to come soon, but if you are interested in learning more about the event and/or volunteering please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Lyndsay Gordon, at lyndsay@wawild.org.

So there you have it. There are plenty of ways to get involved with Washington Wild this summer, and more opportunities are on the way. And, don’t forget to sign up for our Brewshed® Alliance Ballard Pub Crawl on Thursday, May 15! We hope to meet you soon on the trail or in a taproom. 

Andy Porter Photography

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bainbridge Island Brewshed Connecting Generations through Wilderness

Taproom at Bainbridge Island Brewing during the Brewshed® Happy Hour.
A Reflection: By Lyndsay Gordon, Washington Wild Outreach Coordinator

On February 27, the Washington Brewshed® Alliance visited Bainbridge Island Brewing, giving Washington Wild an opportunity to reach a more remote portion of our membership.  The Brewshed® event at Bainbridge Island Brewery allowed us to meet with the community.  We were thrilled to have both members and volunteers come out and join us for a few pints and support both the Washington Brewshed® Alliance and our conservation work.   The event successfully updated people on the Wild Olympics bill in Congress, raised money for our conservation work, engaged members and continued to build Brewshed® relationships.

View of Bainbridge Island from the ferry with the Olympic Mountains in the background.
 However, this event offered even more to me as an individual than it did as Washington Wild’s Outreach Coordinator.  It gave me a reason to visit the community my dad grew up in and the island he grew up on for the first time in my life.  I have lived in Washington State all my life, but only one of my parents grew up here.  My mom is from Colorado, and despite the distance, I saw her childhood home at a very young age. Until the Brewshed® Happy Hour for Washington Wild last month, I had never even set foot on Bainbridge Island, let alone seen the house my dad called home as a kid.  This event gave me the excuse that I apparently needed to call him up and ask him to finally show me around the beautiful island community where he grew up.

View of the Olympic Mountains from my Dad's childhood home.
My dad went to college in the seventies and has rarely been back to the island since.  In that time, the community and the physical structures have changed dramatically, but some aspects of the island are still the same.  There are still beautiful stretches of forest along the sides of the road, but his high school was replaced by a superior building.  The house he grew up in is still standing, but the lot next door that used to be a park is now someone’s home.  The most striking part for me that remains, however, is the view from my father’s childhood living room.

When I was growing up, my dad would often mention the view from the home he grew up in, and his voice would be wistful as he lost himself in the picture it brought to mind.  It took him over 25 years to show me, but he frequently mentioned wishing that I could see it -- because only then would I understand.  He described how the sunset would sparkle off the water at low tide and how, as kids, they’d chase after the light in the muddy shallows close to shore.  He spoke of the mountain in the distance that towered over the water as a constant backdrop, almost like a guardian.  I have an overactive imagination, but when I was standing there looking at the Olympic Mountains across the water, I realized even my imagination couldn't capture what his words tried to describe.  He grew up with a view that can hardly be captured in pictures or words.

Staring out across the water at the breathtaking mountains with blue herons flying overhead, the inter-generational aspect of Washington Wild and all other conservation organizations truly struck me.  Since my dad left the island, so much had changed about this small island community.  Now there is a lavish shopping center, small homes like his have been taken down and replaced with bigger ones, vacant lots are now occupied, a closed off bunker area is now a park, and of course, the island now has its very own high-quality brewery.  But one thing was the same.  The wilderness across the water was still there, providing the beautiful and breathtaking view. 

I go backpacking with my father annually, so we have shared some amazing experiences in beautiful landscapes together.  But this was different, because I was seeing something that enchanted him regularly as a child.  For once I could actually see what my father’s eyes saw as a child, quite literally.  That astonishing landscape-view of a mountain over the water that defied both words and pictures was part of my family history.  For the first time, sharing a view of nature was truly between generations, because the view was from my dad’s life before I existed, yet it became part of mine in that shared moment.  In that shared experience we communicated between generations.
Board walk during Lake Ozette hike on the Olympic Peninsula.  This trip was a week later and displayed the wilderness.  On this trip we saw deer, elk, blue herons, oyster catchers, bald eagles, and a fox in addition to the beautiful forest and coast.
Wilderness, like that across the water from Bainbridge Island on the Olympic Peninsula, is the legacy we leave behind for future generations.  By permanently protecting over 100,000 acres of Wilderness, the Wild Olympics bill, if passed, will protect the opportunity for parents to share with their kids the amazement they also felt as a child.  It’s not just about protecting Wilderness for the next generation, but also to protect a way of connecting between generations.  What humans build we regularly take down, the buildings get remodeled and replaced.  However, the Wilderness we protect today will still stand connecting generations through time.
Great Blue Heron on the coast.



                

Monday, January 6, 2014

Brewsheds Starting Strong in 2014!

Washington Wild's Washington Brewshed® Alliance is starting off strong for 2014!  It should be a great year for the Brewshed® Alliance as it continues to take shape.  We have several plans to expand the Washington Brewshed® Alliance initiative for both our brewery partners and our beer loving members.  If you are interested in getting added to an event and update list specific to the Washington Brewshed® Alliance please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Lyndsay at lyndsay[a]wawild.org to be added to the electronic mailing list.
January 30th from 4pm - 9pm (open to close!) at Peddler Brewing
1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107
Peddler Brewing LogoThe first Brewshed® event of the year is back to one of our already supportive brewery partners!  We filled the room last time and really enjoyed both the beer and the folks at Peddler and are aiming to do all that yet again.  Come back out and visit them with us again.  As usual, $1 per pint will be donated to Washington Wild, but this time it is graciously for their entire open to close of that Thursday.

February 27th is Bainbridge Island Brewing from 5:30-7:30pm
9415 Coppertop Loop NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Bainbridge Island Brewing LogoWe are excited to be adding new Brewing partners to the Washington Brewshed® Alliance starting with Bainbridge Island Brewing in February.  Bainbridge Island Brewing recommends folks take the 4:40pm ferry over for the event.  There are easy public transit options from the ferry to the brewery on the way there, however, the way back may involve carpooling or other means of transportation to the ferry.  We will keep you posted as we organize further for transportation.  Come out and see an absolutely beautiful part of Washington State and enjoy some absolutely fabulous beer (you know it will be worth the trek)!  All pints bought during the two hour event will earn Washington Wild a $1 donation.  
March 20th is back to Reuben's Brews
1406 NW 53rd St #1A, Seattle, WA 98107
Reuben's Brews Logo

Again we are excited to be meeting up again with our partners from 2013 and carrying the initiative forward into 2014.  If you didn't make it out the first time, or if you did, join us this time at this small, family owned brewery in Ballard.  Cheers to, as they say, bloody good beer!  All three events will be donating $1 per pint sold during the event time to Washington Wild!  So cheers to good water making even better beer!