Monthly Archives: August 2014

August 2014 – A Very Beary Day

The massive volcano, glaciers and forests of Mt Rainier just outside of Seattle is one of America’s oldest National Parks, established in 1899. Since then the Seattle megalopolis has grown closer and closer until now Mt Rainier National Park is only a couple hour drive from the urban sprawl of Seattle. But wilderness it is and besides its glaciers and canyons, it is known for its abundant wildlife – including bears. Continue reading

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August 2014 – Hell’s Canyon; A Special Place

Tucked into the remote northeast corner of Oregon along the Idaho border is a special place; Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area. There are over 650,000 acres of canyons, forests and wild rivers and more; to the east the Wallowa Mountains rise abruptly over the Wallowa Valley to almost 10,000 feet, to the east the Seven Devils Mountains tower 9,000 feet above the wild Snake River to form the deepest gorge in the United States. Combined with the Wallowa Mountains and those in Idaho, and the adjacent forest lands of the Wallowa-Whitman and Nez Perce National Forests, there’s millions of acres of public lands to explore. Continue reading

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The Art of Car Camping; An American Tradition

No, . . . not a weekend at the local park. Not cruising in a self-contained recreational vehicle with kitchen and bathroom. In fact, not even staying in a campground of any sort. We’re talking about car camping, . . . loading up the car or pickup truck with camping gear, food, water, and driving deep into the outback to camp for days, weeks, even months at a time. And with hundreds of millions of acres of federal public land throughout the western United States to choose from there are plenty of places to go. Continue reading

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Nine Days in Olympic National Park, San Juan Islands and Mt Rainier

Sonia’s sister and husband along with her nephew and fiancé were arriving from Mexico on July 23rd.. Since this might be their only visit to the Pacific Northwest before we leave for extended travel around the world we wanted to show them as much as we could of the beauty surrounding Seattle. So, contrary to our usual philosophy of slow travel, we planned a trip packed with tours of the best of western Washington State. Hopefully it won’t be too much. Continue reading

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July 2014 – Seals, Whales and Kayaks

That seal is climbing into our kayak! And so it was. DSC04379 Continue reading

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