Summer 2021 photo round-up from our staff

Before turning to fall diversions in our rain gear and boots, let’s take a look back at summer! Our marvelous staff has shared pics of their favorite moments outside, presented here in alphabetical order. We also get a gander at what our friend Saul Weisberg has been doing since his “graduation” from the Institute. Please enjoy!


A Hawk Wing mushroom, and mountain blueberries and huckleberries, foraged from Blue Lake 
Backpacking at Baker Lake
Pizza Night!—featuring garden veggies and a wood -fired pizza oven
Selfie with El Cap!


Having just started this summer as our new Grants Manager, Andrew took his first trip up to the Learning Center
A Skagit Tours boat ride with a snack pack prepared by our kitchen crew are a fine introduction to Diablo Lake
And rounding out the visit, Andrew took in the view from Sourdough Trail Lookout


Known for his many elevation gains, here is Calvin at summit of Colonial Peak
Mamma Swift and baby Neve
A Skagit River float with MK, Kiana, and Shantal


A fun day out with the family and dogs, boating and crabbing around Guemes Island


Thanks to relaxed travel restrictions (yay vaccine!), Christian was able to explore Iceland in June by van, boat and boots.
Remote beaches and cliffs are home to some of Iceland’s most charming residents: PUFFINS!
Christian’s trip was planned in part to witness recent volcanic activity in the southwest corner of the island nation


Daniel was able to spend time with his newest family member and niece, Evie


Evan (far right) celebrated his birthday with a big climb at Black Peak and a swim in Lewis Lake on descent with Calvin and Ellie (pictured), and Phil and Alyssa (not pictured); photo by Calvin Laatsch


The Giesen Family enjoyed a great trip to Yellowstone National Park
Jeff came home with renewed inspiration for future beards


Jodi’s best way to beat the heat dome—a sunset paddle on Diablo Lake
Enjoying a summer night of kayak camping on Cypress Island
Summer is for sweet peas!
Celebrating in Jodi’s backyard after Saul Weisberg’s virtual retirement party in June


A big smile after our lunch celebrating Kayla and her new baby; photo by Jodi Broughton
Welcome to the world, Sterling—born September 10!


Crabbing with partner Matt at Deception Pass (lucky for this little guy, he was not legal size)
Sunset at Oceanside on the Oregon coast for Kim’s birthday weekend
Luna and Kim pause along the Methow River on their camping trip in Mazama
A late summer harvest after a weekend of foraging


A gorgeous day at Skyline Divide

No Retiring in Retirement

After months of preparing to hand over the Executive Director mantle to Bec Detrich, and enjoying many celebrations along the way, Saul Weisberg let no dust settle before kicking up some more. With a couple adventures right out the gate, Saul shows us what “less administration, more poetry” actually looks like.

WILD MIND—A Writer’s Retreat 2021: In late July, Saul and Shelley hopped a ferry north to Alaska for a writing, meditation, and kayaking retreat taught by Institute friends and seminar instructors, Kurt Hoetling and Holly Hughes. 


ROSS LAKE Camping: Then in September, Saul and Shelley were back on the water for a Ross Lake adventure with friends Gerry Cook and Hannah Sullivan.


Thanks for coming along on this photo round-up! As always, we invite you to share your own adventures with us—please reach out to us at and your pics just might appear in our next round up!


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