Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times

Megan Burbank

The Seattle Times

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Megan:

Amid heat wave, Seattle climbers became first team to summit and ski 5 Washington volcanoes in 5 days

As the Northwest languished amid a historic heat wave last week, two climbers met a major goal: summiting five of the state's volcanoes in as many days. Here's how they did it. → Read More

Artist Banksy ‘hijacked’ a painting of Mount Rainier to make a point, and now it’s worth millions

British artist and agitator Banksy repurposed an 1890 painting of Mount Rainier to make a point about climate change. It's newly resonant after the Northwest's heat wave, and commanding millions of dollars on the art market. → Read More

Collision closes two I-5 northbound lanes near Kent-Des Moines Road, backup stretches for miles

Just before 6 a.m. Thursday, emergency responders arrived at the scene of an rollover collision on northbound Interstate 5 south of Highway 516, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The collision near the Kent-Des Moines Road closed the... → Read More

It’s Star Wars Day, and a meteor shower is on its way to Seattle-area skies

It's May 4, aka Star Wars Day, the long-running fan-driven celebration of the George Lucas franchise. → Read More

What’s the best way to survive an avalanche? We asked an expert

When a massive sheet of snow slides down the side of a mountain, survival comes down to luck. Your best chance of surviving an avalanche is to avoid causing one in the first place. → Read More

Meet the Indigenous, all-women team bringing new art to Seattle’s waterfront

In a key welcoming space on the Seattle waterfront’s planned Overlook Walk, a new artwork from a trio of Native women artists will draw on Indigenous tradition and design. → Read More

What will a Biden presidency mean for environmental protections and public lands — in Washington and beyond?

Seattle-area outdoors community stakeholders have a wish list of things they'd like President-elect Joe Biden to focus on when he takes office in January. At the top of this list: restoring protections eroded by the Trump administration. → Read More

Rainy Sunday? Head to Beaver Lake for river views with plenty of tree cover

The trip to Beaver Lake makes for a nice raincoat hike — enjoyable but not effortless and quiet but not isolated. → Read More

Want to try trail running? Kirkland’s Bridle Trails State Park is a great place to start

Bridle Trails State Park, the closest state park you've probably never been to, is the perfect spot to give trail running a try. → Read More

Yes, you can wear a mask while exercising. Here’s how 3 options stack up

With coronavirus cases increasing in Washington and elsewhere, perhaps it's time to start exercising with a mask on. We tested three kinds of masks while running to tell you which ones work best. → Read More

As social distancing measures hit the Seattle area’s parks and outdoor spaces, here’s what’s open and what’s closed

As local officials contend with crowding in popular outdoors spots and public health recommendations grow more stringent, it can be a challenge to know where you can still go for... → Read More

Stevens Pass, Whistler and Crystal Mountain will suspend operations due to coronavirus pandemic

After declaring last week that they will stay open, the parent companies of Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and Whistler announced Saturday that they will be closing all their ski resorts temporarily due to the new coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

To alleviate skiers’ parking woes, Stevens Pass launches new weekend shuttle service from Monroe

Beginning this weekend, a $20 shuttle from Monroe will take skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. It's the ski area's latest effort to address overcrowding. → Read More

Ticket alert: How to snag tickets to see the Backstreet Boys in Auburn this summer

The surprisingly resilient boy band is headed to the Northwest, and tickets go on sale this week. → Read More

Twisp offers more than just snow sports. Check out these artsy, sustainability-minded attractions, too.

Twisp's reputation as a snow sports-centric town obscures its artsy vibe and green streak. It's a place art lovers and folks committed to sustainability should be sure to visit. → Read More

Driving in the snow can be a Northwest nightmare. Here’s how to do it while keeping your sanity

A traffic school expert weighs in on staying calm behind the wheel in nasty weather, what to do in a skid and the importance slowing down. → Read More

What the Pacific Northwest is reading: What we can learn from the King County Library System’s Lucky Day books

The Lucky Day books lineup is changed every other week based on holds numbers, so it's truly a metric of what books are in high demand throughout the library system. → Read More

What the Pacific Northwest is reading: We sift through the Seattle Public Library’s Peak Picks list

What we buy and what we read are often two different things. Here's what's in demand at the Seattle Public Library. → Read More

What the Pacific Northwest is reading: Essential millennial lit from Jia Tolentino and Ocean Vuong

Recession-worried? Look to the writers whose generation was most affected by the last one. → Read More

What the Pacific Northwest is reading: A Seattle publishing house’s illustrated book surprises in the Top 10

This week, we're reading local writers, from "Seattle Walk Report"'s Susanna Ryan to Maria Semple's silver screen-bound "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." → Read More