Launching the drone during filming of the first Hiking with a Local video. Photo from Greg Brotherton.
Hiking with a Local is a video series directed, filmed, edited, and produced by Greg Brotherton. The project was launched with funding from a Spark Joy Grant from Better Living through Giving and the Jefferson Community Foundation.
In this unique video series, Greg seeks to bring a local perspective to some of the trails on the Olympic Peninsula that draw people from around the world. He says the guides for each video are people he encounters who have a passion for hiking in the area and a particular trail. The guides choose the trails and share their local connection. As Greg hikes with them and films, he’s looking for the hook and the essence of a story so that the trail comes alive for the viewer.
Intern Ewen LeRest collaborated on filming and created the titles, graphics, and special effects for the videos. Music for the videos was recorded by Samara Jade. The USDA Forest Service, Enjoy Olympic Peninsula, and Jefferson Land Trust are helping to promote the video series.
In this Hiking with a Local video, Joe and Joy Baisch share some history and information about the 3-mile Dosewallips River Road Trail that is on Forest Service Land near Brinnon, Washington. The couple has a long history with the trail and during 2021, they hiked it twice a week.
This Hiking with a Local video features Josh Mahan as he hikes the Mount Walker Trail, #894, in Quilcene, Washington on Forest Service Land. Josh shares some interesting anecdotes and explains his personal connection to and long history with the trail. Enjoy the stunning views from the summit!
This Hiking with a Local video features musician Samara Jade hiking the Duckabush River Trail. The Duckabush River has been the inspiration for dozens of Samara’s songs. Enjoy one she composed at the river’s headwaters in this video.
The Hiking with a Local video series was made possible by a Spark Joy Grant from Better Living through Giving and the Jefferson Community Foundation.