Bears & Wolverines
In the Cascades
While Seattle ranks among the fastest growing metropolises, it boasts a fourteener in its skyline and rubs up against acres of national forest — so we knew our latest crop of fall gear would fit right in. We spent three days in the city and the Cascades that surround it, trailing Conservation Northwest as they set up wildlife monitoring stations and tracked wolverines. We asked ‘em to test out our favorite flannels, recycled polyester packs, and hiking gear as they took to the field to make good on their mission: keeping the Northwest wild.
Our Cascades guides led us off the trail in the hazy height of wildfire season for a firsthand look at their fieldwork. The team’s efforts to protect wild lands include creating safe wildlife crossings over the I-90 freeway and their volunteer-driven initiative to monitor and restore key species (like wolverines).
An effort to reconnect the Cascades through wildlife crossings under — and soon over — the I-90 freeway. The six-lane highway currently cuts through the mountains and interferes with animals’ migration patterns.
What we had on hand as we explored the backwoods.
While wolverines play a vital part in a healthy ecosystem, there are only about 30 currently in Washington state. In an effort to learn more about this elusive animal and to bring them back to the Cascades, Conservation Northwest has set up wolverine monitoring stations to track the existing population.
For cooling down at one of the Cascades’ many glacial lakes.
Reward yourself after a hard day’s work (animal tracking or otherwise) with a cocktail inspired by Washington state’s renowned apple orchards.
4 oz. gin
4 oz. apple cider
1 oz. lime juice
¼ cup honey
¼ cup hot water
Cinnamon & thyme (just a pinch)
Add honey and hot water to a jar. Seal and shake until the honey dissolves. Combine gin, apple cider, lime juice, and two ounces of the honey mixture in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and serve, garnished with a dash of cinnamon and thyme.
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