Category: National Parks

Mt Baker Wilderness Under Smoky Skies

Despite the smoky skies over Washington this week, we managed to find beauty in the Mt Baker Wilderness Area, which shares its eastern border with North Cascades National Park. We took the Mt. Baker Highway to its end at Artist Point for views of…

Third Beach at Olympic National Park, but What’s in a Name?

On our recent trip to Olympic National Park, we enjoyed a wonderful hike to Third Beach – and no,  the name does not do it justice.  Just a short drive from Mora Campground, Third Beach lies south of First Beach and Second Beach – …

Mora and Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park spreads over the Olympic Peninsula in the northwest corner of Washington State, almost a million acres of protected wilderness, with mountains, forests and the wildest coastline in the contiguous United States. A designated World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve it…

Breakfast with a View at Kalaloch

I just returned from a few days of camping in Olympic National Park.   It will take me a while to sort through the pictures of our adventures at Mora, Rialto Beach, Third Beach and the Hoh River Rainforest.  Stay tuned for those to…

Another Sunrise at Mt Rainier

I already posted about our first trip in the r pod to Silver Springs Campground, but I can’t resist sharing another picture of those lovely springs and a side trip we took to Sunrise. The campground is close to Mt Rainier National Park so…

Tipsoo Lake at Mt Rainier

In my last post I told you about our maiden voyage in the R Pod, where we camped at Silver Springs near Mt Rainier. In this one I’ll share more pictures of the wonderful mountain scenery we enjoyed, starting with Tipsoo Lake. Located 15…

R Pod at Silver Springs

What’s that you say?  A travel trailer that’s what!   After months of debating we concluded our camping days were not behind us yet and so we got ourselves a trailer – specifically an R Pod. Light and compact, complete with small kitchen, bed,…

A Journal through the American West, Part 2

“Take me back to the Black Hills, the Black Hills of Dakota,” sang Doris Day as Calamity Jane, and ever since I wanted to see those Black Hills. And so I did, some years ago, when we packed our camper and headed east from…

Silver Falls at Mt Rainier

We were looking for someplace to escape the heat this week and decided on a trip to Mt. Rainier National Park.  There’s always something new to discover at the Park and this week it was Silver Falls. On our way to the Falls, we…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sol Duc

For this week’s photo challenge,  I couldn’t help but think of some of the wonderful rivers in Washington:  Snoqualmie,  Skykomish,  Skagit,  Snohomish.  Beautiful rivers with equally beautiful native names.  But I finally settled on the Sol Duc which means ‘sparkling waters’ in Quillayute.  …

Favorite Place: Lake Crescent

For this week’s photo challenge I take you to one of my favorite places: Lake Crescent on the Olympic Peninsula in my home state of Washington. . It exudes beauty, calm and peace. I wish I were there right now.  How about you? Favorite…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered Wupatki

Weathered pueblos where Anasazi  Indians lived almost 1000 years ago dot the landscape of Northern Arizona. The Anasazi are considered to be the ancient ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indians including the Hopi and the Zuni. The largest pueblo in the area was Wupatki, which…

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