Category Archive: hiking

Mount St. Helens. Or, Those are Regular Trash Cans!

Mount St. Helens National Monument showcases the aftermath of the devastating 1980 eruption, inviting visitors to explore the various changes to the landscape. Far from being completely surrounded by barren lava fields, Mount… Continue reading

Mount Rainier, Part 3: Comet Falls, Narada Falls, and a Few Odds and Ends

As with any park that has glaciers and volcanic activity, Mount Rainier has a plethora of waterfalls though, with a 320 foot drop, Comet Falls impresses more than most. The hike out to… Continue reading

Mount Rainier, Part 2: Paradise

My second day at the park started off as a bright and relatively cloudless day so I headed off to the Skyline Trail, which takes you up Mount Rainier through the meadows and… Continue reading

Mount Rainier National Park, Part 1: The Meaning of Fog

I’ll be in North Cascades National Park for the next few days but I’m going to set up posts on Mount Rainier to post in my absence. The first is below. My first… Continue reading

Olympic National Park, Part 2: Mountains, Forest, and Wildlife

As stunning as the beaches and lakes were, Olympic did not disappoint with its glaciated mountains and dense temperate rainforest. The 17 mile drive from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Hurricane… Continue reading

Olympic National Park, Part 1: Beaches and Swimming

Looking for snow-capped mountains, temperate rainforest, and cliffs overlooking wild surf? May I recommend Olympic National Park? Located in northwest Washington State, Olympic features the Olympic Mountain range complete with glaciers, the Hoh… Continue reading

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park was truly spectacular, a masterpiece of thick green forest, ice capped mountains, and vibrant blue and green water. Unlike Yellowstone or Grand Teton, Glacier remains mostly untamed and inaccessible by… Continue reading

Yellowstone, Part 3: Waterfalls

Yellowstone was no less rich in waterfalls and beautiful rivers. We saw two of the largest waterfalls in the park, Upper Falls and Lower Falls on the Yellowstone River as well as Mystic… Continue reading

Yellowstone, Part 2: Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Rock Formations

The incredible volcanic activity at Yellowstone has also contributed to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, a 24-mile long canyon that largely came about due to faulting of the rock when the Yellowstone Caldera… Continue reading

Yellowstone, Part 1: Geothermal Features

My favorite parts of Yellowstone were almost all geothermal features. Because the park is located over an underground active volcano, there are numerous geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pits, and other formations created… Continue reading