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

Bonsai, a Happy Accident

On my way to Mt. Rainier last week I happened upon a sign for a bonsai garden. The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection is a meticulously curated compendium of bonsai trees from six Asian… Continue reading

Seattle and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Backtracking a bit, I wanted to share a few pictures of my days in Seattle and Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge before Andrew’s swim. This is by no means a complete account of what… 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