Scott Kirkwood is editor in chief of National Parks Magazine, a quarterly publication produced by the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. This is his first post in a series about spending the summer in the North Cascades National Park.
When it came time to plan my sabbatical from the National Parks Conservation Association, where I edit National Parks magazine, I decided to spend a few of those precious 6 weeks at North Cascades Institute. A coworker of mine in Seattle had taken a few classes at the Institute and highly recommended it, so I reached out to the staff and asked if I could teach a few classes in photography and writing, and take a few classes as well. And when I wasn’t doing one or the other, I’d just hike, bike, read, write, take photos, and think really deep thoughts. The folks at North Cascades Institute were immediately on board. So I flew from DC to Seattle on June 8, and the adventure began.