Covid-19 snow season Cross-country ski sales skyrocketing in Finland
This is a great insight into the Finnish cross-county skiing enthusiasm during an exceptionally great 2021 snow season, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When this article talks about skiing, it refers to cross-county skiing, which is very popular in Finland. There is also snowboarding and downhill skiing, but at lesser amount, since the ski resorts are mainly located further up in northern Finland, with its higher mountains, and more snow.
This article is loosely translated from an article in the Finnish Iltalehti website (the content in the link is in Finnish).
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Hiking the Loowit trail loop around Mt St Helens
⇒ For additional images, please visit the Loowit Trail loop hike Photo Gallery.
⇒ Watch the 70 image video slideshow on the NW Sisu Outdoors YouTube.channel.
After climbing the Mt Saint Helens volcano, a number of times over the years, I was ready to try some different kind of challenge. Hiking up the Ptarmigan trail, I have always been intrigued by the Loowit trail, which intersects the climbing route.
I started reading up about the Loowit trail, which is a 30-mile loop around the volcano. Trip reports rave about its diverse and stunning landscapes, but also warn about its difficulties and challenges.
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Double-crested Cormorants at Lacamas Lake, Camas, Washington
Double Crested Cormorant, a large pre-historic-looking bird with excellent diving skills. A skill they use to catch their fish, their main food source.
In the Mediterranean area, and in the east Asian countries, mainly China and Japan, Cormorants have traditionally been used by local fishermen to catch the fish for them.
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