Well, we’ve survived another January and we are getting closer to warmer weather. A few of my early blooms have started to pop up, which makes me very happy indeed. In January, our readers kept warm with stories about nurses making a difference, the best hiking trails and of course, coffee! Read on to find out what the top three stories of January were, as well as our editor’s pick.

1. Spotlight on Natalie Paul: Clark County Nurse Practitioner for LGBT Health and Nature Photographer

Photographer Natalie Paul, MSN, FNP-C works as a nurse practitioner specializing in LGBT health. Photo credit: Natalie Paul

Writer Megan Denny shared January’s most-read story. Natalie Paul is a Clark County Nurse Practitioner who is dedicated to helping the LGBT community in a judgement-free atmosphere. In her spare time, her hobby is nature photography and our Western Washington forests give her plenty of subjects.

2. 10 Pacific Northwest Trails to Inspire a Year of Getting Outdoors

Just outside of Vancouver, the Lacamas is a great way to start hiking trails in our area. Photo credit: Jonathan James

Chances are, you don’t let a little rain stop you from getting outdoors. Our adventure writer Douglas Scott gives readers an inside look at 10 wonderful trails close to home that are sure to get you out and about all year along.

3. Hidden River Coffee Roasters: A Triple Shot of Paradise for Coffee Lovers

A shot of the hugely flavorful Costa Rica espresso. Photo credit: Monika Spykerman

We love our coffee spots, and Hidden River Coffee Roasters is a very special place. Monika Spykerman explores the inner workings of this new espresso heaven that’s a perfect spot to meet with friends, curl up with a good book or even do business.

4. Editor’s Pick: 8 Popular Instagram Locations Outdoors in Clark County

If you have ever wanted to pose by wildflowers above a majestic river, Dog Mountain can make that happen! Photo credit: Bill Automata

Speaking of outdoors, some of the best photographs are taken on overcast days, with the sun streaming through the clouds and reflecting off rain drops. For this reason, our editor’s pick is Douglas Scott’s 8 Instagram-worthy locations here in Clark County. So grab your camera, snap a photo or two, and be sure to share them with us!

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