Category: Travel

From O the Joy! to Dismal Nitch

Dismal Nitch –  could any place name be more apropos? After a long and arduous journey across the North American continent,  Lewis and Clark were finally nearing their destination, the Pacific Ocean.  They had left St. Louis on May 14, 1804,  and on November…

Dreaming of the Road to Hana

Originally posted on Cats and Trails and Garden Tales:
Not Hana, but the Road to Hana, a narrow, winding, white-knuckle drive through tropical forest, over one lane bridges, with dramatic views of waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. Yes, this is the ultimate road trip…

Doo doo doo looking out my back door

This was the view looking out my back door just a few years ago. Twenty-two acres known as the Tiffany Park Woods were behind us. Lovely, dark and deep, they were home to deer and other small critters and full of birds that sang…

As Summer Winds Down

It was Summer’s last hurrah as I visited Soos Creek Botanical Garden earlier this week with temperatures in the mid eighties, the sun bright and burning my nose. Then yesterday the cool marine air brought in giant clouds that filled the sky overpowering Lake…

Bicycling the Back Roads of Mt Rainier National Park

I don’t know how many times I’ve been to Mt. Rainier but this was definitely a first. Last weekend we drove to the remote northwest corner of the National Park to bicycle the old Carbon River Road. It had been washed out back in…

Come Along on a Rainy Day Hike to Twin Falls

What do you do on a rainy summer day in the Great Northwest? Go for a hike in the woods of course! There you’ll be protected by the thick forest canopy and whatever filters through will cool you and refresh you! And so we…

Paradise in Bloom, Nisqually Glacier and Christine Falls!

Everybody knows that August is the best time to visit Paradise to see the wildflowers in bloom but somehow I always miss it   We usually visit early in the season, as soon as the roads are passable;  here’s what it looked like in…

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