Visiting national parks is one of the many quintessential summer bucket list items in Washington State. What if you could experience Mount Rainier in a unique way, learn more about the species that live there—experiencing nature’s vibrancy and beauty up-close and personal in lush areas of the park—all while volunteering and giving back to Mother Earth?
This week our Chief Fixer Ryan shares his experience volunteering with the Cascades Butterfly Project. Ryan was first a customer at Sip and Ship for over 10 years before graciously offering his restorative talents— mending, repairing, rebuilding, and helping us with special projects at both shop locations. He is an avid outdoorsmen, Berkeley graduate, and artist—who, over the past few years, has always been there for us. Within a nano-second, he appears to help us navigate torrential downpours, install covid safety protocols, repair equipment failures, restore and create our ecosystem —including crafting our beautiful window displays. There is nothing he can’t or isn’t willing to try or do with us and we couldn’t be more grateful with him in our lives.
For the past two summers, Ryan has enjoyed spending time in Mount Rainier National Park, contributing to a decades-long project dedicated to collecting data on subalpine butterflies and plant phenology. He works with park scientists and volunteers who are passionate about protecting critical ecosystems amidst climate change, who love spending time outdoors, and are excited by the opportunity to do their part to help protect and preserve indigenous species and plants throughout Mount Rainier, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, and two other National Forests in the area.
Want to get involved in this one-of-a-kind opportunity? Click here to join Ryan, his family, and sweet dog Julia— volunteering most weeks, or find a suitable time slot for yourself and a friend.
After 20 years in business, we find it truly fascinating how coffee and conversation continues to bring people together. Our premium quality coffee is what first brought Ryan through our doors (shoutout to our brilliant partner Herkimer), coupled with our incredible barista-team and delicious house-made baked goods —making it hard for Ryan to resist his daily afternoon visits with his late-dog Duke. Duke would sit in our adirondack chairs patiently while Ryan wandered in from a day out adventuring. Together, they’d calmly sit together refueling and sharing a nibble or two—getting energized and ready to hit the trail again.
The next time you find yourself out and about, we hope you’ll want to try one of our new menu items (picked-fresh blueberry muffins) and summer beverages: campfire mocha, lavender lemonade, beach day latte or summer lovin’ chai —yay summer!
As you can tell, the thing we get excited about is scaling up compassion and supporting individuals to better reflect love. Which brings us to a must-read book that has just hit our shelves: A Kids Book About Pride by Kendall Clawson. Even though it was written for kids, it’s relevant at any age. Helping us all to better understand the history of the movement and enduring bravery of the LGBTQIA+ people as they continue to fight for dignity and freedom.
“Everyone wants to be accepted just as they are, and Pride is all about honoring and encouraging people to be their most authentic selves!” - Kendall Clawson
Team Sip and Ship believes we don’t just need each other, we are an extension of each other—without one another, we cannot succeed. Join us in being a proud ally, promoting diversity and inclusivity within our communities.
We appreciate you, your business and our journey together.
Staff Writer: Megan Pavek