America’s Pacific Northwest & Alaska

NW Trip Reports

Far Eastern Oregon; May – June 2018

After spending the first part of May in far eastern Nevada we moved on to far eastern Oregon. We made our way directly to one of our favorite places; Steens Mountain and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This remote southeastern corner of Oregon butts up against southwest corner of Idaho and northern Nevada where all three states come together in a vast open land of wild horses, wild rivers, high desert plateaus, and deep canyons of black volcanic rock. This is Owyhee Canyon country and it’s a long way to anywhere from here. Continue reading

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When Ships Were Made of Wood; Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

Spring, Summer and fall in the Pacific Northwest are full of festivals; music from blues to bluegrass, rodeos, pow wows, loggers’ fairs, hippy fairs, salmon bakes and more. But one of the more unique events is the annual Wooden Boat Festival held at the quaint Victorian seaside town of Port Townsend on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Even though we live just a couple hours away we’d never been, so this year we decided to go, and glad we did. Continue reading

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Uniquely Northwest; Special Places and Events, Washington State and Oregon

The Great Pacific Northwest, . . . Seattle, “Portlandia” rain forests, glacier-covered volcanoes, salmon, coffee and, . . . rain.  Less known is that the Cascade Mountains running north to south through both states divide Oregon and Washington into a dry “east side” and the wetter “west side.”  And, despite its reputation for rain, the west side has a nice summer while the east side gets downright hot.  But on either side of the mountains there are places and events rooted in the traditions of the Pacific Northwest to explore throughout the year. 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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