JuLee Rudolf

Moran Constitutional Relay 2018

Snap! I felt a pop at the back of my knee as I reached mile five along one of the most scenic sections of single… Continue reading

 

Jack and Jill’s Downhill Marathon 2018

Two fat flies spin wacky spirals around my head and torso, like tiny sharks circling their prey. House flies vomit and poop when they land… Continue reading

 

Tidepooling Along the Olympic Peninsula

The shell collector skillfully maneuvers his way across the beach, wades through waves, and sifts through sand to locate mollusks, identifying them by feel. A… Continue reading

 

ISLAND UNSEEN: Just say no to OSPI’s superfluous science assessment for class of 2019 students

This spring, about 83,000 11th-grade students in Washington will become the first to sit for the new high school science assessment for federal accountability: the… Continue reading

Island Unseen: Snurfin’ USA

“Some one was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into… Continue reading

Cutting the pool baby in half

The water surface was as smooth as glass during its last week of limited operation in mid-February, when it was open to accommodate the OHHS… Continue reading

Island Unseen: It’s time to end high school exit testing in Washington state

It’s time to end exit testing requirements for Washington state high school students. Setting the bar high to ensure high school graduates achieve an adequate… Continue reading

Peter, Peter — Writer, Seeker

I opened my front door to the quietest of knocks. Our six-year-old son waited with a stranger. My heart raced at the realization of what… Continue reading

Island Unseen: Lab Girl, The Lorax, The Hidden Life of Trees and Me

I used to think of trees as majestic, oxygen-producing shade-providers. Not anymore. Reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees and Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl… Continue reading

Island Unseen: Beach combing at Bowman Bay

Making my way over and between barnacled, blunt-edged rocks and boulders along the north shore of Bowman Bay, quiet clickings increase in proportion to my… Continue reading

ISLAND UNSEEN| Cle Elum Ridge Run 25K: Sometimes, You Just Have To Show Up

A line of bibbed runners file past as we enter the Taneum Junction Campground parking lot in Cle Elum. This is not a good sign,… Continue reading

Island Unseen: What’s SUP?

The second day of summer 2017 was the best one ever for a couple of stand up paddle boarders lucky enough to book a tour… Continue reading

Island Unseen: Bad news, free shoes and spectacular views

Standing alone in our tiny, two-room, bathroomless cabin in Winthrop on race morning, I took a step, felt a twinge atop my thigh, and collapsed,… Continue reading

Ragnar Trail Rainier: It ain’t for babies

“It’s Ragnar Trail for babies,” I told my teammates a month from the start of the race. I’d seen the trail map screen and neglected… Continue reading

Island Unseen: A fish called Wanda

My feet hit the slick, rocky bottom of Whistle Lake’s shore. I stood. And tried not to cry. I’d just completed a quarter mile out… Continue reading

Island Unseen: The science of the clams

The intruder made a beeline for the shore, slowed and placed her hands in the frigid water. I watched, hoping she wouldn’t notice something I… Continue reading

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Random ramblings on reading, recreation, running and similar subjects

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Island Unseen: Random ramblings on reading, recreation, running and similar subjects

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Island Unseen: Random ramblings on reading, recreation, running and similar subjects