Monthly Archives: February 2015


It’s mid-February and a rare few days of sunny weather has hit the Washington State’s notoriously wet and stormy Pacific coast. So I packed my backpack and drove west from our home near Seattle to land’s end – Cape Alava – the westernmost point in the coterminous United States and a remote point in the wilderness of Olympic National Park. (see coastal hiking information at the end of the article). Continue reading

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In southern Mexico along the border with Guatemala are the Mayan ruins of Calakmul, one of the largest of the Mayan’s ancient cites. The ancient city is set within the Peten jungle that stretches for over a million acres into Guatemala. Here is a view over the jungle from the top of a pyramid at Calakmul.

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Port Townsend Street Band

One of the things we like the most about the Pacific Northwest are the funky street bands – the buskers. They’re everywhere that people gather from Pike Place Market in Seattle to these guys in Port Townsend on the eastern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

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Cascade Mountains from Sahale Glacier

One of the classic backpack trips into the Cascade Mountains of Washington is the hike over cascade Pass and then up to Sahale Glacier. The view over the rugged Cascade Mountains from the foot of the glacier is worth the sweat to get there.

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Seal On Kayak

While kayaking off the coast of Whidbey Island in Puget Sound north of Seattle a young seal pup swam up to examine us. After swimming around and under our kayaks he decided to jump aboard to rest awhile. No, it’s not a trained seal and we weren’t feeding him, just curious I guess.

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