What Lies Beneath: The Wonders of Low Tide

The Pacific teems with life just underneath the surface. From kelp forests to sea grass to barnacles to tide pools, the ocean here reveals wonders at low tide.

Sunlight and Waves of the Pacific

The Pacific Coast in Northern and Central Oregon was just spectacular: jagged coast, dramatic cliffs, baby powder sand, deep blue and green water, prominent sea stacks, and sun. This post features some of… Continue reading

Driving Down Highway 101 in Oregon

I have spent the last few days driving down Highway 101 in Oregon, thoroughly enjoying the plentiful sunshine, rocky cliffs, and gorgeous beaches. I’m making my way inland now to Crater Lake National… Continue reading

Cape Disappointment: A Hike to a Lighthouse Leads to an Abandoned Battery

I stayed overnight near Cape Disappointment and in the morning decided to hike the bluff to the eponymous Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Starting at Waikiki Beach, I climbed to the top, where the still-active… Continue reading

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is a remarkable place, combining the grandeur of the northern Cascade Mountain Range and all its attendant 300+ glaciers with both temperate rainforest in the west and dry ponderosa… Continue reading

An Evening Walk at Cape Disappointment

View from my evening walk at Cape Disappointment State Park on my last night in Washington.

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