The Northwest is home to some of the country’s most cherished national parks, and we know we are lucky to live in a place surrounded by so many great natural playgrounds. In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, we wanted to share some of our favorite ways to get out and explore the Northwest, as well as a few tips to help give back and protect all that nature has to offer.
Many of our bankers actively enjoy the recreation our beautiful part of the country has to offer. When there is a need for volunteers to preserve and restore some of these treasures, our bankers are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their part! We’re featuring two of our team members who go above and beyond on that front - meet Bryan and Tina.
Bryan Habeck – AVP, Creative Manager
Bryan has long been captivated by the wilderness. As an avid outdoorsman who hikes, bikes, fishes, snowshoes and takes nature photographs, he’s recognized the need to do his part to preserve nature’s wonder.
Since 2003, he’s been dedicated to giving back and has volunteered his time to help preserve trails and maintain the very parks in which he enjoys his favorite outdoor recreations. Most recently, Bryan has been volunteering with the Washington Trails Association. On his last volunteer project, Bryan and a group of about 20 other volunteers worked to widen a popular trail near Lake Cushman to allow space for horses. This summer Bryan is preparing for a 200-mile hike through sections J and K of the Pacific Crest Trail stretching from Rainy Pass to Snoqualmie Pass.
Join Bryan on his next volunteer activity with the Washington Trails Association on Aug. 3, as they restore a trail within Mt. Rainier National Park!
Favorite Park for Biking: Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA is one of Bryan’s favorite parks close to home. The park has miles of trails that are perfect for a leisurely weekend bike ride.
Favorite Spot for Nature Photography: The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is one of Bryan’s favorite spots for capturing some stunning nature shots, but you’ll find him with his camera on pretty much any outdoor trek.
Favorite Place to go Hiking: Ever since summiting the mountain in 1997, Bryan has made it a point to explore the bountiful opportunities of Mt. Rainer and its many trailheads.
Favorite Fishing Spot: Mineral Lake near Elbe, WA is Bryan’s go-to place to spend a quiet day enjoying nature and fishing for trout.
Tina Moebius – Project Manager
At an early age, Tina’s father inspired her with his love for the outdoors, but she and nature didn’t get serious until she was in her 30’s and reinvigorated her passion for the outdoors through hiking in pursuit of health. It didn’t take long for her to fall completely in love with outdoor recreation activities of all sorts, as she was constantly looking forward to her next challenge. Now, Tina is an avid mountain climber, kayaker, biker, hiker and rock climber. Her latest challenge is to reach three peaks in 30 days as she sets off to summit St. Helens (her second time), Baker and Adams by August.
As an active member in the Northwest’s outdoor community, Tina has advocated for the great training programs and resources offered by her local Pierce County Explorer Search and Rescue for many years and has been serving on the Search and Rescue board since 2016. Tina actively volunteers with the Emergency Search and Rescue team of Pierce County and sees it as her way of giving back to all the joy nature has brought her. Tina and her fellow search and rescue volunteers help in crises all across the state. She is also an active volunteer with the Washington Trails Association and participates in volunteer projects that help revamp and preserve her beloved trails. Learn more about getting involved with Pierce County Search and Rescue and the resources they offer by visiting their website!
Favorite Dog Friendly Trail - Tina and her four-legged best friend Lady love to hike around Lake Melwaka. The trail is dog friendly and has some breathtaking sights.
Favorite Place to Bike - Foothills Trail stretches from Puyallup to Wilkinson for 30+ miles and is a great family friendly trail with beautiful scenery that Tina enjoys on the regular. Her favorite place to mountain bike is Greenwater, near Mt. Rainier or Hiawatha Mountain Bike Trail in Idaho.
Favorite PNW Hike - When asked about her favorite hike, Tina’s response was, “Any trail that has dirt” and “the next one!” She also recommends Silver Falls in Oregon and exploring any of the trails within Zion National Park in Utah because it’s too hard to choose just one!
With all the beautiful Northwest has to offer, we hope you’ll find time this month and beyond to enjoy the offerings of mother nature and support the National Parks and Recreation Association as it helps preserve her beauty. Many of the National Parks across our Northwest footprint in Washington, Oregon and Idaho offer free entry days throughout the year check out the National Park Services website to find more information on these dates.
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