Tag: National Parks

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 – …

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.  …

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…

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…

Sol Duc, Rialto Beach and Sequim

I promised to finish the story and so here we are, at Sol Duc Hot Springs, deep in the heart of Olympic National Park. It rained overnight and we wake up to gray skies and drizzle.  It seems a good bet that more rain…

The Many Faces of Mt Rainier, or 4th of July Part 2

In the last post I told you of our 4th of July adventure at Mt Rainier National Park, which included a ridge hike at Sunrise and a forest hike through the Grove of the Patriarchs on the Ohanapecosh River.   I will complete the story…

Sunrise at Mt Rainier

Sunrise at Mt. Rainier but no need to get up early for I speak of the Sunrise side of the Mountain and not the time of day!  I hope you are not tired of Mt Rainier but the 4th of July proved a perfect time to visit…

Mt Rainier Up Close and Personal

Did you know there is a Paradise on earth?  Well yes, there is!  And it can be found at Mt Rainier National Park! After being teased by beautiful local views of the mountain we decide to take the drive to the National Park for an up close…

Most Popular US National Park – Surprised?

I know you can google it but why don’t you guess?  Of the 59 US National Parks, which one is the most popular based on number of annual visitors? My guess was Yellowstone National Park.  Established in 1872 and considered to be the world’s…

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