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Photo by Keith Gunnar

JOAN BURTON HAS BEEN AN ADVOCATE FOR FAMILY HIKING AND EXPLORING FOR YEARS.

Author Joan Burton was introduced to hiking as a child, and by the time she was a teenager, she had climbed the six highest mountains of Washington. Later, as a parent with growing children, she introduced not only her own family to the joys of outdoor exploring, but also members of the Girl Scout and Cub Scout groups of which she was leader. Burton is a long-time member of The Mountaineers, and a graduate of both the basic and intermediate climbing courses taught by that club.

After a number of years teaching high school English, Burton became program coordinator to the University of Washington Retirement Center, from which she has since retired. She has published several magazine articles on outdoor subjects; Best Hikes with Children: Western Washington and the Cascades was her first book. Since then she has co-authored Urban Walks: 23 Walks Through Seattle's Parks and Neighborhoods with Duse McLean, published by Thistle Press, and a new book best hikes with KIDS with Ira Spring published by The Mountaineers Books. She has also become a grandmother.

The two volumes of Best Hikes with Children in Western Washington were the first of 14 similar books written by other authors across the nation. These books have been important to parents of children who want to know where to hike, but don't know how to get there or what to expect. The books suggest ways to motivate them and how to make the hikes fun. They tell how difficult and how safe the trails are, what seasons they are open, and what to expect to see along the way. The trail descriptions give children chances to test their strength and to feel strong and capable, chances to learn, to observe, and to see what they have never seen before, and appeal to their sense of wonder.

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NEWS ITEMS


A favorite family outing is
Mount Rainier.


JOAN HAS A NEW BOOK "ELLA - MY STORY" & HER BEST HIKES WITH KIDS IN SIXTH REPRINT

Joan says she "now has creative credentials," with her new children's book Ella - My Story. Readers of her family hiking books are already well aware of her ability to bring experiences to life. The book, a story about her amazing cat from the cat's point of view has illustrations by Peggy Printz, and is available on Amazon,com ($10 - eligible for Prime.)

The sixth reprint of Best hikes with KIDS by Joan Burton with photos by Ira Spring is available now, too. This popular book, first published in 2006 by The Mountaineers Books, is available at book stores, ranger stations, and other outdoor venues, or can be ordered online through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

SPRING HIKES FOR FAMILIES WITH KIDS

Joan Burton recommends the perfect trails to rivers, beaches and lakes for Spring hiking with kids, plus tips for family hikes in all seasons on the Washington Trails Association website. Read more about Joan's picks on the WTA site.

CURRENT LIST OF TRAIL CLOSURES AVAILABLE AT WTA

For current information about trails that have been closed or damaged by storms check the Washington Trails Association website, wta.org.

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UW CAMPUS URBAN WALK HIGHLIGHTS


The sun rises over Mt. Rainier, looking across Red Square (named for the red brick used on the expansive space). Suzallo library on the left and the Gerberding Hall on the right stand sentinel in the morning light. Click here for your guide to the UW Urban Walk guide. (Trouble opening? See menu on left for instructions.) Print the file and staple the backs together, trim and fold into a brochure guide that will fit in your pocket.


The Quad is framed by the old cherry trees in bloom every spring.

The Husky Union Building (HUB) offers food, activity spaces, and study areas.

The Drumheller fountain at the head of Rainier Vista splashes above Frosh Pond

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