Category: National Parks

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…

The Grand Canyon

First of all, my apologies to the Grand Canyon. When I did a story a year ago on Favorite National Parks it didn’t even make my list!  (See that story here ) Boy was I wrong!  Honestly I’d only been to the Grand Canyon once…

Transformation by a River

Having just returned from the Grand Canyon, it seemed fitting to present this rugged landscape, transformed by the river flowing through it, for this week’s photo challenge. Transformation More stories and pictures to come from the Land of the Sun, the beautiful state of…

Surprised by Rainforest

This week we happened upon the Temperate Rainforest of the Carbon River Valley just inside the remote northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park and enjoyed a lovely walk through the woods. Who knew? Blessed to have all this so close to home! ~ …

Alaska Cruise Highlight: Glacier Bay

After leaving Juneau we cruised through the night and entered magnificent Glacier Bay the next morning. As we entered the Bay, National Park Rangers boarded the ship and narrated the cruise for us. According to the National Park website:  “Covering 3.3 million acres of…

Just Another Day Trip to Mt. Rainier, at Mowich Lake

We’ve visited Mt. Rainier more times this year than any other that I can remember. Maybe we’re finally taking full advantage of not working? (Okay, we’re retired, though I don’t like that word.)  Or maybe it finally dawned on us how very close and…

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