san juan day

Review | The 100 Year Miracle by Ashley Ream

Genre: fiction, science fiction (kinda), upmarket
Setting: San Juan Islands, present day
# of Pages: 320
Rating: 4.5/5 

The skinny: Locals, visiting scientists, and indigenous peoples clash when a glow-in-the-ark arthropod with potentially analgesic properties makes its first appearance in a century. (I realize that sounds incredibly dull but it really isn’t and you don’t have to know anything about biology to enjoy it.)

The fat: This book is really quite unlike anything else I’ve ever read; that uniqueness alone is enough to recommend it but it’s bolstered by Ream’s solid prose, tragically human characters, and remarkable sense of place. (I went into this story not knowing it took place in the San Juan Islands, where I spent a long, disastrous ocean kayaking expedition at age 18. She does a terrific job with the weird, spooky atmosphere of those islands. That was my favorite part of the whole book.) A striking balance of character and intrigue and an all-around great read.

6

Good morning from @AmericanHiking’s My Public Lands Instagram takeover at BLM’s San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington.

“The sun rises over its archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles - approximately 1,000 acres of land spread across the many rocks and islands. Drawing visitors from around the world, this is a landscape of unmatched contrasts, where forests seem to spring from gray rock and distant, snow-capped peaks provide the backdrop for sandy beaches.

At the end of June, a group of 12 American Hiking volunteers will take to the trails at San Juan Islands National Monument to perform trail maintenance, eradicate noxious weeds that are harmful to the natural environment, and maintain heavily used public recreation sites.  Volunteer Vacationers have been helping to maintain this area on various trips throughout the park for the past couple of years and look forward to providing service to the area in the future as well keeping the trails open and accessible for all hikers.”

Photo by Stephen Baker, BLM Oregon/Washington