A Snapshot of Shipping: One Day on the Water

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Business & Industry

You may see quite a few trucks during your daily commute.  Maybe a freight train crosses your path now and then.  But unless you come within sight of salt water, you’re unlikely to notice the mode of shipping that carries out the most trade.

The size of some ships, as seen by landlubbers from a few miles away, is misleading.  One large container ship can carry over 15,000 boxes.  Each box, when landed on a truck trailer chassis, becomes the cargo pulled by a big rig on our highways or by locomotives on a train car.  One ship.  15,000 containers.  And each box might carry toys or sports equipment or electronics or car parts or cars or cat food– all measured in the tons.  It boggles the mind.

We recently read Ninety Percent of Everything, a book for the popular nonfiction market by British author Rose George.  Her fascinating depiction of the “invisible industry” that moves, well, 90% of everything, provoked us to research some of the ships that invisibly come and go through our Northwest waterways.*

We decided to take a snapshot: One day of bulk container ships and tankers either anchored or plying through Washington waters.  We settled on one random day because many ships dock for only a few hours to a couple days, load or unload, and depart.  Below is that snapshot, “taken” on April 14, 2014.


Strait of Juan de Fuca

Ship Flag Type Status
Alaskan Frontier United States Tanker Underway
Blue Sapphire Marshall Islands Cargo Underway
Eastern Asia Panama Cargo Underway
Galaxy Ace Liberia Cargo Underway
Graceful Leader Bahamas Cargo Underway
Granville Bridge Panama Cargo Underway
Gulf Reliance United States Tanker Underway
Hoegh Trove Norway Cargo Underway
Horizon Consumer United States Cargo Underway
Nave Ariadne Cayman Islands Tanker Underway
Panagia Stenion Cypress Cargo Underway
Port Shanghai Panama Cargo Underway
Renascentia Marshall Islands Cargo Underway
Rose Atlantic Panama Cargo Underway
Tatry Liberia Cargo Underway
Widar Liberia Cargo Underway

Hood Canal

Ship Flag Type Status
Hos Eagleview United States Cargo Anchored

Bellingham Bay (Bellingham)

Ship Flag Type Status
Seavictory Malta Tanker Anchored

Samish Bay

Ship Flag Type Status
Princimar Grace Marshall Islands Tanker Anchored
Sound Reliance United States Tanker Anchored

North Puget Sound

Ship Flag Type Status
Coastal Progress United States Cargo Underway
Josco Changzhou Hong Kong Cargo Underway
Nin Malta Cargo Underway

Salmon Bay (Seattle)

Ship Flag Type Status
Botany Bay United States Cargo Anchored
Coastal Merchant United States Cargo Anchored
Velero IV United States Cargo Anchored

Elliott Bay (Seattle)

Ship Flag Type Status
African Teist Panama Cargo Underway
Hyundai Force Panama Cargo Anchored
Jupiter Charm Panama Cargo Anchored
MOL Magnificence Marshall Islands Cargo Anchored

Central Puget Sound

Ship Flag Type Status
Ever Union Panama Cargo Anchored
Medonica United States Cargo Anchored

Commencement Bay (Tacoma)

Ship Flag Type Status
Anne Mette Bulker Britain Cargo Anchored
Calypso Colossus Singapore Cargo Anchored
Glorious Kamagari Marshall Islands Cargo Anchored
Hanover Express Germany Cargo Anchored
Horizon Tacoma United States Cargo Anchored
OOCL Britain Hong Kong Cargo Anchored
OCCL London Hong Kong Cargo Anchored

Budd Inlet (Olympia)

Ship Flag Type Status
Inland Sea Marshall Islands Cargo Anchored

The Pacific Coast

Ship Flag Type Status
Atlantic Tramp Panama Cargo Underway
Luzon Strait Hong Kong Cargo Underway
Morning Chorus Singapore Cargo Underway
MSC Eleni Panama Cargo Underway
Ocean Harmony Singapore Cargo Underway
Ramada Queen Panama Cargo Underway
Seattle Cypress Cargo Underway
Vsc Castor Liberia Cargo Underway

The Lower Columbia River

Ship Flag Type Status
Ariana Malta Cargo Underway
King Yukon Panama Cargo Underway
New Creation Panama Cargo Underway
Ocean Reliance United States Tanker Anchored

Columbia River (Longview area)

Ship Flag Type Status
Aarti Prem Liberia Cargo Anchored
Aster K Panama Cargo Anchored
Aurora Bulker Panama Cargo Anchored
Copacabana Liberia Cargo Anchored
Glorious Kauri Panama Cargo Anchored
Isla De Cedrus Hong Kong Cargo Anchored
Union Erwin Marshall Islands Cargo Anchored
Utra Vanscoy Panama Cargo Underway
Vishva Ekta India Cargo Anchored

Mid Columbia River (between Longview and Vancouver)

Ship Flag Type Status
Bulk Poland Singapore Cargo Anchored
Santa Serena Panama Cargo Underway
Sombeke Belgium Tanker Underway

Columbia River (Vancouver area)

Ship Flag Type Status
Chembulk Hogkong Singapore Tanker Anchored
Golden Island Panama Cargo Anchored
Idship Bulker Hong Kong Cargo Anchored
Lake Konpira Panama Cargo Anchored
New General Panama Cargo Anchored
Star Lygra Marshall Islands Cargo Anchored

Upper Columbia River (east of Vancouver)

 No large ship is currently east of Vancouver, but ships do routinely travel the Columbia and Snake Rivers as far as Lewistown, Idaho.

*We originally wrote “quietly” come and go, but, as Rose George described in her book, modern maritime traffic is anything but quiet to the marine animals living in the water.  We settled on “invisibly” and meant it from the perspective of the average human resident.

PHOTO: Horizon Tacoma in the Sitcum Waterway, Tacoma © 2014 Steve Campion.

SOURCE: Some ships were visually identified.  Others were derived from Marine Traffic.


Seattle Streets: Puget’s Unforgettable Scenery Makes California Jealous

Published by Steve Campion. Category: HA! List, Place Names

“Jesus Christ made Seattle under protest.”

No. that’s not a Biblical quote.  It doesn’t even make sense.  The sentence is a six word mnemonic device for remembering streets names in downtown Seattle.  The city’s core has twelve consecutive east-west streets that line up in convenient pairs.  Beginning near Pioneer Square and moving north, a Seattleite crosses Jefferson Street, James Street, Cherry Street, Columbia Street, etc.  The initial letters of those streets accumulate to J J C C M M S S U U P P or — eliminating the duplicates — J C M S U P.

Some imaginative soul many years ago came up with the phrase: Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest.* We’ve heard variations. Some people swap “pressure” for “protest” and Julius Caesar for Jesus Christ. Like the original, none of the alternatives express sound theology or anything approaching logic.  But what does logic matter if it jogs your memory about the sequence of a dozen downtown streets?

We’d like to propose a better mnemonic.  As we assembled this WA-List, we were bothered by the backwardness of the Jesus sentence.  We wanted our list to read north-to-south in the same orientation of as most maps.  So we flipped the order and came up with a six word sentence that makes much more sense:

“Puget’s unforgettable scenery makes California jealous.”

It reads down the map, north to south, with no intrusions by religious figures or Roman emperors. It’s a mnemonic that uses the word “unforgettable.” And it’s pure, unvarnished truth.


Downtown streets, from north to south Old mnemonic Our suggested mnemonic
Pine Protest Puget’s
Union Under Unforgettable
Seneca Seattle Scenery
Madison Made Makes
Columbia Christ California
James Jesus Jealous

PHOTOS of street signs taken by Steve Campion, Oct 20, 2013.

*We’re unsure who invented the Jesus mnemonic. The earliest mention we were able to find in print was on page 197 of our tattered 1972 copy of Seattle by Nard Jones. In two sentences Jones tossed out the words as a memory trick he knew from boyhood. The phrase is probably much, much older. We’ll keep looking.


Washington Olympic Medalists in Sochi, 2014

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

SEE ALSO: Washington Olympic Medalists in London, 2012

The 2014 Olympics in Sochi are over* and our Washington athletes will pack for home.  Three of them will have medals in their luggage.  After posting our 2014 Olympians list earlier this month, we dutifully tracked the competition schedule and results each day — medal or otherwise. Now that the Games are over, we present the final Washington tally: 2 gold1 silver, and 1 bronze.  The two gold medals went to a White Salmon man who snowboarded for Russia, the host country and his wife’s homeland. Our four total medals matched Great Britain. If our state was a country, it would snuggle into 16th place between Slovenia and Japan in the typical medal standings (where medals are ranked by total gold, then silver, then bronze).  That’s not bad for a state!


Athlete(s) Washington Connection Event Medal
Vic Wild White Salmon Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Gold
Vic Wild White Salmon Men’s Parallel Slalom Gold
J. R. Celski Federal Way (Todd Beamer High School) Men’s Speed Skating 5000m Relay Silver
 Ashley Wagner  Seabeck, Tacoma  Team Ice Dance Free Dance Skating Bronze


Athlete(s) Event Final Result
Erik Bjornsen Men’s 15 km Skiathlon 42nd
Erik Bjornsen Men’s Sprint Free 39th
Erik Bjornsen Men’s 15km Classic 38th
Erik Bjornsen Men’s 4x10km Relay 11th
Erik Bjornsen  Men’s Team Sprint Classic 6th
Sadie Bjornsen Women’s 7.5km Skiathlon 31st
Sadie Bjornsen Women’s 10km Classic 18th
Sadie Bjornsen Women’s 4x5km Relay 9th
Holly Brooks  Women’s 7.5km Skiathlon 47th
Holly Brooks Women’s 10km Classic 35th
Roberto Carcelen Men’s 15km Classic 87th
J. R. Celski Men’s Speed Skating 1500m 4th
J. R. Celski Men’s Speed Skating 1000m 13th
J. R. Celski Men’s Speed Skating 500m 6th
Patrick Deneen Men’s Moguls 6th
Brian Gregg  Men’s 15 km Skiathlon 47th
Brian Gregg Men’s 15km Classic 47th
Torin Koos   Men’s Sprint Free Finals  37th
Christian Niccum Luge Doubles 11th
Christian Niccum Luge Team Relay 6th
T.J. Oshie  Men’s Hockey 4th
Amy Sheehan  Women’s Halfpipe 10th
Angeli Van Laanen Women’s Halfpipe 11th
Ashley Wagner  Ladies Free Skating 7th

*It’s over for Washington athletes, at least. The last competitions and closing ceremony is Sunday.

SOURCE: We started with our original Washington athlete list, and kept abreast with the results on the official Sochi Olympics page.


Washington Athletes in Sochi

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

See also our 2014 RESULTS LIST

Washingtonians can root for more than a dozen local athletes during the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.  The contingent is lead by J.R. Celski, the speed skater from Federal Way who won two bronze medals in the 2010 Vancouver games.  For Woodinville’s Christian Niccum, Sochi will be his third Olympic games.  Holly Brooks, Patrick Deneen, and Torin Koos are competing in their second.  Among the other Washingtonians are three from the Methow Valley, two of which are siblings.  Three local athletes are competing for other countries!

Below are the 2014 Olympians with a Washington connection, their specific events, and the dates of their events’ medal finals.  (Entries and dates are subject to change.)  May their gym bags be a medal or two heavier when they return home.  Best wishes to all!


Figure Skating

  •  Ashley Wagner, 21, of Seabeck, trained in Tacoma.
    Events: Team Ice Dance Free Dance (Feb 9), Ladies Free Skating (Feb 20)


  •  T.J. Oshie, 27, born in Mount Vernon, raised in Everett.
    Event: Men’s Hockey (Feb 23)


  •  *Christian Niccum, 36, lives in Woodinville.
    Events: Luge Doubles (Feb 12), Luge Team Relay (Feb 13)

Skiing, Cross-Country

  •  Erik Bjornsen, 22, born and lives in Winthrop; attended Liberty Bell High School.
    Events: Men’s 15 km Skiathlon (Feb 9), Men’s Sprint Free (Feb 11), Men’s 15km Classic (Feb 14), Men’s 4x10km Relay (Feb 16), Men’s Team Sprint Classic (Feb 19)
  •  Sadie Bjornsen, 24, born in Omak, grew up in Winthrop.
    Events: Women’s 7.5km Skiathlon (Feb 8), Women’s Indiv. Sprint Free (Feb 11), Women’s 10km Classic (Feb 13), Women’s 4x5km Relay (Feb 15), Women’s Team Sprint Classic (Feb 19)
  •  *Holly Brooks, 31, born and raised in Seattle, skied often at Snoqualmie Pass, attended Whitman College.
    Events: Women’s 7.5km Skiathlon (Feb 8), Women’s Indiv. Sprint Free (Feb 11), Women’s 10km Classic (Feb 13), Women’s 4x5km Relay (Feb 15), Women’s Team Sprint Classic (Feb 19)
  • Roberto Carcelen, 43, lives in Seattle.
    Events: Men’s 15km Classic (Feb 14)
  •  Brian Gregg, 29, born and raised in Winthrop; attended Liberty Bell High School.
    Events: Men’s 15 km Skiathlon (Feb 9), Men’s Sprint Free (Feb 11), Men’s 15km Classic (Feb 14), Men’s 4x10km Relay (Feb 16), Men’s Team Sprint Classic (Feb 19)
  •  *Torin Koos, 33, lives in Leavenworth, attended Cascade High School.
    Events: Men’s 15 km Skiathlon (Feb 9), Men’s Sprint Free Finals (Feb 11), Men’s 15km Classic (Feb 14), Men’s 4x10km Relay (Feb 16), Men’s Team Sprint Classic (Feb 19)

Skiing, Freestyle

  •  *Patrick Deneen, 26, born in Redmond, grew up and was homeschooled in Cle Elum.
    Event: Men’s Moguls (Feb 10)
  •  Angeli Van Laanen, 28, born in Bellingham.
    Event: Women’s Halfpipe (Feb 20)
  • Amy Sheehan, 27, lives in Wenatchee.
    Events: Women’s Halfpipe (Feb 20)


  • Vic Wild, 27, born and raised in White Salmon.
    Events: Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom (Feb 19), Men’s Slalom (Feb 22)

Speed Skating, Short Track

  •  *J. R. Celski, 23, grew up in Federal Way; attended Todd Beamer High School.
    Events: 1500m (Feb 10), 1000m (Feb 15), 500m (Feb 21), 5000m Relay (Feb 21)

* Athlete has been to the Olympics before.

Note: The definition of a Washington athlete is necessarily squishy.  Brian Gregg, for instance, was born in Winthrop but now lives in Minneapolis; Koos was born in Minneapolis and now lives in Leavenworth. Three others live in Salt Lake City or Anchorage these days.  Three are competing for other countries — including Vic Wild. Wild is a native of White Salmon, WA, but, due to his marriage to a Russian Olympian, is making a go of it on his wife’s team.  Most listed grew up in Washington and took up their sport here.

SOURCE: We scoured several websites — primarily the athlete biography sections of the Team USA and the NBC Olympics websites — and some individual athlete webpages.

LOGO of the United States Olympic Team logo is used here with permission of the USOC.


Pete Carroll Joins an Elite Coaches Club

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

Only three football head coaches have won national titles at both the college and professional level of the sport. That is no simple feat considering the great number of teams and the vast differences in organization and team-building dynamics.  With the Seattle Seahawks win in Super Bowl XLVIII, Pete Carroll became the newest member of that elite club.

Here is the very short list and the seasons that earned the national titles.



Pete Carroll (born 1951)

Southern California Trojans

  • Season: 12-1
  • Rose Bowl win (Jan 1, 2004)
Southern California Trojans

  • Season: 11-0
  • Orange Bowl win (Jan 4, 2005)

  • Season: 13-3
  • Post-season: 3-0
  • Super Bowl win (Feb 2, 2014)

Barry Switzer (born 1937)

Oklahoma Sooners

  • Season 11-0
Oklahoma Sooners

  • Season: 11-1
  • Orange Bowl win (Jan 1, 1976)
Oklahoma Sooners

  • Season: 11-1
  • Orange Bowl win (Jan 1, 1986)
1995 Dallas Cowboys

  • Season: 12-4
  • Postseason: 3-0
  • Super Bowl win (Jan 28, 1996)

Jim Johnson (born 1943)

Miami Hurricanes

  • Season: 12-0
  • Orange Bowl win (Jan 1, 1988)
1992 Dallas Cowboys

  • Season: 13-3
  • Postseason 3-0
  • Super Bowl win (Jan 31, 1993)
1993 Dallas Cowboys

  • Season: 12-4
  • Postseason: 3-0
  • Super Bowl win (Jan 30, 1994)

SEE ALSO: World Championships by Seattle Teams


World Championships by Seattle Teams

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

It’s going be a party all over the Northwest this week after the Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos in today’s Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8. They led the game beginning with the safety 12 seconds into the game. (Twelve seconds; the Seahawks are awash in 12s!)

Seattle hasn’t claimed a world championship in men’s pro sports since 1979, so this is sweet!  Here’s a quick list of all the titles going back to an oft-forgotten hockey championship in 1917. We included the two women’s professional team titles, too.


Year Champion League Sport Team defeated
2014  Seattle Seahawks  NFL  Football  Denver Broncos
  • Super Bowl (Feb 2): Seattle 43, Denver 8
2010  Seattle Storm  WNBA  Basketball  Atlanta Dream
  • Game 1 (Sep 12): Seattle 79, Atlanta 77
  • Game 2 (Sep 14): Seattle 87, Atlanta 84
  • Game 3 (Sep 16): Seattle 87. Atlanta 84
2004  Seattle Storm  WNBA  Basketball  Connecticut Sun
  • Game 1 (Oct 8): Connecticut 68, Seattle 64
  • Game 2 (Oct 10): Seattle 67, Connecticut 65
  • Game 3 (Oct 12): Seattle 74, Connecticut 60
1979  Seattle SuperSonics  NBA  Basketball  Washington Bullets
  • Game 1 (May 20): Washington 99, Seattle 97
  • Game 2 (May 24): Seattle 92, Washington 82
  • Game 3 (May 27): Seattle 105, Washington 95
  • Game 4 (May 29): Seattle 114, Washington 112
  • Game 5 (Jun 1): Seattle 97, Washington 93
1917  Seattle Metropolitans  NHL  Hockey  Montreal Canadiens
  • Game 1 (Mar 17): Montreal 8, Seattle 4
  • Game 2 (Mar 20): Seattle 6, Montreal 1
  • Game 3 (Mar 23): Seattle 4, Montreal 1
  • Game 4 (Mar 26): Seattle 9, Montreal 1

SEE ALSO: Pete Carroll Joins an Elite Coaches Club


Review: Full Rip 9.0

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Review

A powerful Northwest earthquake is only a matter of time.  That’s not quite news any more, but it is still a relatively recent development in the popular awareness of the region. The old perception that the Washington and Oregon were in a seismically quiet suburb of shaky California was dispatched barely a generation ago.  It took slowly accumulated research to repaint the picture of our local geology.  And the more studies that scientists published, the more calamitous the view of our region’s past — and future — appeared to become.

FullRip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton (Sasquatch Books, 2013) looks at that past and that future.  In text that is as readable as it is gripping, Doughton rolls out the hazardous story one topic at a time. She explains how isolated detective work among long-dead trees on Washington’s coast was combined with Native American stories of ground-shaking and flooding, then matched with archived accounts of Japanese tsunamis, and studies of undersea trench avalanches a hundred miles offshore.  The big picture explanation for all of this was a giant no one previously knew: the 700-mile-long Cascadia Subduction Zone which will rip along its length and pack a prolonged punch that make California earthquakes seem like minor nuisances.  Cascadia is not only capable of such devastating power; it has exercised it again and again.

Doughton goes beyond Cascadia, however, and shares insights on the rest of Washington’s underground hazards. She describes the newly discovered Cascadia quake of 1700 and the historic quakes of 1872, 1949, and 1965. They were all hints of what is likely to come.  The emerging view of our landscape, with wrenching scars long-hidden by glaciation, erosion, and our rich Northwest vegetation, includes a complex network of faults — particularly the Seattle Fault — that could amplify the effects of future shaking.  The 2001 Nisqually Earthquake was significant, for instance, not only for its immediate impact but for the science that emerged as it resonated across the region.

The craft of geological science is at the core of Doughton’s book.  She doesn’t merely relay summaries cribbed from published scientific findings; she tells how the researchers discovered their evidence. Scientific fieldwork sometimes requires walking in coastal muck to sample ancient trees, or digging a trench in a residential neighborhood along the Seattle Fault, or noticing a thin line on a LIDAR map and traipsing through a forest to see it in real life. Those stories are weaved into the author’s narrative.

The book concludes with options for individual and community preparations before the next big one.

A 2011 book, Cascadia’s Fault by Jerry Thompson, documented the same subject.  Both are excellent books that we enthusiastically recommend to Washington readers, but Doughton’s writing is perhaps the more approachable and engaging of the two.

THE BOOK: FullRip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest by Sandi Doughton was published by Sasquatch Books in 2013.  The paperback edition will be released in September, 2014.

IMAGES: The cover art and the map of western Washington faults are shown her courtesy of Sasquatch Books.


Sunrise, Sunset

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Geography & Geology

Whether you can see it or not, the sun rises over Washington everyday. Honest. Sometimes your only clue is the brightening of clouds. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the old orb itself.

We thought we’d step into the role of a Northwest almanac by creating a perpetual calendar of sunrises and sunsets — a list of times on a weekly basis throughout the year. We’ve been wanting one of these for years, so we’re as pleased as anyone that we finally got around to making it ourselves. We chose six geographically diverse cities so you can extrapolate times for your location by picking cities on either side of you and averaging their data, skewing toward the closer city. It might not give you a precise time but it should land you within a very few minutes.1

Once you know when they happen, we hope you enjoy every sunrise and sunset you’re lucky enough to experience.

Sunrise times are AM; sunsets are PM. Times displayed in italics are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT); all other times are Pacific Standard Time (PST).  Two non-header rows in the table are in bold type. Those dates fall during the weeks2 we transition between PST and PDT. Times in those rows are displayed as PST, so add one hour to the times if the specific day for which you’re calculating is daylight time.


Westport Seattle Wenatchee Spokane Bellingham Vancouver
rise set rise set rise set rise set rise set rise set
JAN 1 8:02 4:39 7:58 4:29 7:49 4:21 7:38 4:09 8:03 4:25 7:51 4:38
JAN 8 8:01 4:46 7:56 4:36 7:48 4:29 7:37 4:16 8:01 4:32 7:50 4:45
JAN 15 7:57 4:55 7:53 4:45 7:44 4:38 7:33 4:25 7:58 4:42 7:47 4:53
JAN 22 7:52 5:02 7:47 4:55 7:38 4:48 7:28 4:35 7:51 4:52 7:42 5:03
JAN 29 7:45 5:15 7:40 5:06 7:31 4:59 7:20 4:46 7:43 5:03 7:35 5:13
FEB 5 7:36 5:26 7:30 5:17 7:22 5:09 7:11 4:57 7:34 5:15 7:27 5:23
FEB 12 7:25 5:35 7:20 5:28 7:11 5:20 7:00 5:08 7:23 5:26 7:17 5:33
FEB 19 7:14 5:47 7:08 5:39 7:00 5:31 6:48 5:19 7:10 5:38 7:06 5:43
FEB 26 7:01 5:58 6:55 5:50 6:47 5:42 6:36 5:30 6:57 5:49 6:54 5:53
MAR 5 6:48 6:08 6:42 6:00 6:34 5:52 6:22 5:41 6:44 6:00 6:42 6:03
MAR 12 6:35 6:18 6:28 6:11 6:20 6:03 6:08 5:51 6:29 6:11 6:29 6:13
MAR 19 7:21 7:28 7:14 7:21 7:06 7:13 6:54 7:01 7:15 7:21 7:15 7:22
MAR 26 7:07 7:38 7:00 7:31 6:52 7:23 6:40 7:11 7:00 7:32 7:02 7:31
APR 2 6:54 7:47 6:46 7:41 6:38 7:33  6:26 7:21  6:45 7:42  6:49 7:40
APR 9 6:40 7:57 6:32 7:51  6:24 7:42  6:12 7:31  6:31 7:53  6:36 7:49
APR 16 6:27 8:06 6:18 8:01  6:11 7:52  5:59 7:41  6:17 8:03  6:23 7:58 
APR 23 6:14 8:16 6:06 8:10  5:58 8:02  5:46 7:51  6:04 8:14  6:11 8:08 
APR 30 6:03 8:26 5:54 8:20  5:46 8:12  5:34 8:01  5:51 8:24  6:00 8:17 
MAY 7 5:52 8:35 5:43 8:30  5:35 8:21  5:23 8:10  5:40 8:34  5:50 8:25 
MAY 14 5:43 8:44 5:33 8:39  5:26 8:30  5:13 8:20  5:30 8:44  5:41 8:34 
MAY 21 5:35 8:52 5:25 8:48  5:18 8:39  5:05 8:28  5:21 8:53  5:33 8:42 
MAY 28 5:28 9:00 5:18 8:55  5:11 8:47  4:59 8:36  5:14 9:01  5:27 8:49 
JUN 4 5:24 9:06 5:14 9:02  5:07 8:53  4:54 8:42  5:10 9:07  5:23 8:55 
JUN 11 5:22 9:11 5:11 9:07  5:04 8:58  4:52 8:47  5:07 9:13  5:21 9:00 
JUN 18 5:21 9:14 5:11 9:10 5:04 9:01 4:51 8:51 5:06 9:16 5:21 9:03
JUN 25 5:23 9:15 5:13 9:11  5:06 9:02  4:53 8:52  5:08 9:17  5:23 9:04 
JUL 2 5:27 9:14 5:16 9:10  5:09 9:01  4:56 8:51  5:12 9:16  5:26 9:03 
JUL 9 5:32 9:11 5:22 9:07  5:14 8:58  5:02 8:48  5:17 9:13  5:31 9:00 
JUL 16 5:38 9:06 5:28 9:02  5:21 8:53  5:08 8:43  5:24 9:07  5:37 8:56 
JUL 23 5:46 8:59 5:36 8:55  5:29 8:46  5:16 8:36  5:32 9:00  5:44 8:49 
JUL 30 5:54 8:51 5:44 8:46  5:37 8:38  5:25 8:27  5:41 8:51  5:52 8:41 
AUG 6 6:03 8:41 5:53 8:36  5:46 8:28  5:34 8:17  5:51 8:40  6:00 8:32 
AUG 13 6:12 8:30 6:03 8:25  5:55 8:16  5:43 8:05  6:00 8:28  6:09 8:21 
AUG 20 6:21 8:18 6:12 8:12  6:04 8:04  5:52 7:53  6:10 8:15  6:17 8:10 
AUG 27 6:30 8:05 6:21 7:59  6:14 7:51  6:02 7:40  6:20 8:02  6:26 7:57 
SEP 3 6:39 7:52 6:31 7:46  6:23 7:37  6:11 7:26  6:30 7:48  6:34 7:44 
SEP 10 6:48 7:38 6:40 7:31  6:32 7:23  6:20 7:12  6:40 7:33  6:43 7:31 
SEP 17 6:57 7:24 6:49 7:17  6:42 7:09  6:30 6:57  6:50 7:18  6:52 7:18 
SEP 24 7:06 7:10 6:59 7:03  6:51 6:55  6:39 6:43  7:00 7:03  7:00 7:04 
OCT 1 7:15 6:56 7:09 6:48  7:00 6:41  6:49 6:29  7:10 6:49  7:09 6:51 
OCT 8 7:25 6:42 7:18 6:34  7:10 6:27  6:59 6:15  7:21 6:32  7:18 6:37 
OCT 15 7:35 6:29 7:28 6:21  7:20 6:13  7:09 6:01  7:30 6:20  7:27 6:25 
OCT 22 7:45 6:17 6:39 6:08  7:30 6:01  7:19 5:49  7:41 6:07  7:37 6:13 
OCT 29 7:55 6:05 7:49 5:56  7:41 5:49  7:29 5:37  7:52 5:55  7:46 6:02 
NOV 5 7:05 4:55 7:00 4:46 6:51 4:38 6:40 4:26 7:03 4:43 6:56 4:52
NOV 12 7:15 4:45 7:10 4:36 7:02 4:29 6:51 4:16 7:14 4:33 7:06 4:43
NOV 19 7:25 4:38 7:21 4:28 7:12 4:21 7:01 4:09 7:25 4:25 7:16 4:36
NOV 26 7:35 4:32 7:30 4:23 7:22 4:15 7:11 4:03 7:35 4:19 7:25 4:31
DEC 3 7:44 4:29 7:39 4:19 7:30 4:12 7:20 3:59 7:44 4:15 7:33 4:28
DEC 10 7:51 4:28 7:47 4:18 7:38 4:10 7:27 3:58 7:52 4:14 7:40 4:27
DEC 17 7:57 4:29 7:52 4:19 7:44 4:11 7:33 3:59 7:58 4:14 7:46 4:28
DEC 24 8:00 4:32 7:56 4:22 7:47 4:15 7:37 4:02 8:02 4:18 7:49 4:31
DEC 31 8:02 4:38 7:58 4:27 7:49 4:20 7:38 4:08 8:03 4:23 7:51 4:36

1Sunrise and sunset times are dependent on east-west differences (just like time zones), directions somewhat close to north-south lines (due to the angle of the sun), elevation, and which year in the leap year cycle we’re in. We can’t account for all such factors with this simple list, so we’re seeking general estimates instead. After extrapolating, you should get times within a few minutes of accurate.  You might notice that the sun’s risings and settings take about 24-30 minutes to move across the state east (Spokane) to west (Westport) and, depending on the season, there is a 0 to 15 minute difference between north (Bellingham) and south (Vancouver) locations.

2The transition dates between standard and daylight time vary year to year, but always take place on the Sunday mornings between Mar 8-14 and Nov 1-7.

PHOTO of Mt Rainier Sunrise © Steve Campion, 2014

SOURCE: Sunrise and sunset times on this list are derived from 2014 ephemerides calculated by the US Naval Observatory. The times are reasonably accurate for any year, although they may vary by a minute or two within any leap year cycle.


26.2 or more (2014 edition)

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

Last year’s ultra list was a hit, so we’re bringing it back for 2014.

And why not?  There are enough marathons, ultramarathons, and long distance trail runs in the state to keep your feet hurting all year long. In fact, if you plan your trips well you can hit an organized 26.2 miler or greater almost every weekend of the year.

Below are the organized runs we found to be 26.2 miles or more. In some cases, shorter courses (half-marathons, 30Ks, etc) are associated with these events but they’re incidental as far as this list is concerned. We were only interested in the long run.

If there’s an organized ultra in Washington not listed here, please leave a comment here or on the WA-List Facebook page. We’d love to hear about it.

Note about websites: We tried to identify the official race website or the sponsoring running club for each event. Some of the runs did not have their websites set up or updated for 2014 by our publishing deadline in January. We’ll update the list as best we can throughout the year.  Always double-check race websites for the latest before you commit your running shoes to anything.














*An asterisk means the listing was added, updated, or confirmed after the initial publication of this list.

PHOTO by Rich White.

SOURCES: We started this list with a dozen well-known marathons in early 2013, then expanded as discoveries warranted. Ultrarunner Linda Barton, pictured in the photo above, offered additional suggestions. Thank you, Linda!  Most of the information on this list came from the running organizations’ websites themselves, 2013-14.


Where I Wandered: 2013

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Yada Yada

Publicly pointless, personally meaningful.  For the third year in a row, I’m tabulating my travels in a list.  No one cares where I wandered.  But I enjoy recalling the trips and activities and people I encounter each year.  This is my list.  Make your own!

After a rough, mostly home-bound 2012, I was back out on the road this year, bagging more than half of all Washington counties, and enjoying a long northeastern adventure. I’ve been to all 39 counties in Washington at least twice over the years.  In fact, I’ve been to 31 counties since WA-List launched two and a half years ago. (See my 2011 & 2012 lists.)

There’s plenty of interesting things to see and do and explore here. Our state has great variety in its landscapes, cityscapes, culture, art, agriculture, recreation, history, and people. It’s well worth wandering. That’s what I do. That’s what WA-List does. Thanks for traveling with me again this year! And if you’d like, please leave a comment saying where YOU wandered this year.


1. Pierce 13. Stevens
2. Thurston 14. Lincoln
3. King 15. Cowlitz
4. Spokane 16. Lewis
5. Ferry 17. Kittitas
6. Whatcom 18. Pacific
7. Okanogan 19. Chelan
8. Skagit 20. Pend Oreille
9. Snohomish 21. Douglas
10. Grays Harbor 22. Island
11. San Juan 23. Clark
12. Grant

SOURCE: Off the top of my head … and in some of my bills.

PHOTO of a Douglas County road © Steve Campion