While the Jan. 24 session is described as “advanced” and gets into more detailed mapmaking than the beginner one, Miles said new participants are welcome.
Registration is required at cityofcamas.us/library/page/learn-draw-fantasy-maps. After you register, Miles said, you’re welcome to stop by the library to pick up free supplies (like fancy paper) ahead of time, but that’s not required.
Mind the Gorge. Science has proven that getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature promotes a healthier attitude and a healthier body. But during winter, visiting our greatest outdoor sites, like the Columbia River Gorge, isn’t easy. A Jan. 26 webinar hosted by Friends of the Columbia Gorge will explore how you can nudge your brain in a positive direction by visiting the Gorge, even in winter — either in person or by “critter cam” — and how that helps to protect the precious place.
Social scientist and life coach Ellen Donoghue, Ph.D., a former wilderness guide and sled dog racer now living in Mosier, Ore., will talk about mindfulness in nature. Kevin Gorman, executive director of Friends of the Gorge, will discuss safely getting outside and hiking Gorge trails during winter months, as well as how to stay engaged in conservation efforts. The session will include a moderated Q&A with the audience.
The free webinar is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 26. Register by visiting Gorgefriends.org, clicking on the event calendar and finding “Winter Well-Being Webinar.” Don’t worry if you miss the session; it will be recorded and uploaded to the Friends’ YouTube site in a few days.
A tip about getting into GeoGuessr: the only way to play the game without signing up for an account is apparently by typing “Geoguessr.com/free” into your browser. (geoguessr.com/free). That gives you a limited, 2D map (which is good enough for me) but if you sign up you’ll get betters views and more complete maps. Pay a small price to get even more access.