Travels, West Coast US

Seattle, Washington

I’m not a big city person. I never have been and I probably never will be for any extended period of time. I enjoy going to visit for a day or two just for the experience, and I always enjoy the hustle and bustle, the never-ending list of things to do and places to go.… Continue reading Seattle, Washington

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

Glimpses of the Sun – Olympic National Park, Washington (part IV)

The final leg of our trip led us back out to the west coast of the Olympic Peninsula on Highway 101. Just south of the Hoh Indian Reservation is Ruby Beach. It’s a 5-minute walk to the beach and many sea stacks, the most famous of which is Abbey Island. I'm still at a bit… Continue reading Glimpses of the Sun – Olympic National Park, Washington (part IV)

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

Onward, Hoh! – Olympic National Park, Washington (part III)

The next morning found us heading inland to the Hoh Rainforest, located at the end of Upper Hoh Road off Highway 101. The road follows the Hoh River and also passes a big Sitka spruce tree. Though not the largest, it's one of many giant nearly 1000-year-old trees in the park! From the Hoh Visitor Center,… Continue reading Onward, Hoh! – Olympic National Park, Washington (part III)

Travels, US National Parks, West Coast US

Sand and Solitude – Olympic National Park, Washington (part II)

When we planned a vacation to Washington in June, we pretty much expected lots of rain and minimal sunshine, so we were fortunate to only have a couple gloomy days the entire vacation. The unfortunate part is that they fell on the days we were out at the beach. On the plus side, though, the… Continue reading Sand and Solitude – Olympic National Park, Washington (part II)

US National Parks, West Coast US

The Remnants of Winter – Olympic National Park, Washington (part I)

Summer of 2008 was different. It was the start of something new, something better, something wonderful. Following my parents’ split, my mom, sister, and I were now facing a challenge: planning and executing our annual summer vacation with just the three of us. It's been seven years now, and despite all the great places I'd… Continue reading The Remnants of Winter – Olympic National Park, Washington (part I)

West Coast US

“Long beach far from a narrow entrance”

AKA Chuckanut, the native word for the area that spans the coast just south of Bellingham, WA. Though the word ‘Chuckanut’ makes me think of a mischievous squirrel, I suppose it’s much less of a mouthful than the English translation. Chuckanut Drive is also another name for the 21-mile long Washington State Highway 11, stretching from I-5 in Burlington… Continue reading “Long beach far from a narrow entrance”

US National Parks, Yellowstone

Winter in Yellowstone National Park (part II)

At this point, you might be wondering why this blog is called Handstands Around the World when there’s such a blatant lack of handstand pictures. Well as it turns out, I didn’t really start doing handstands everywhere I went until college and was no longer actively doing gymnastics. Most of my handstand pictures are taken on the edge… Continue reading Winter in Yellowstone National Park (part II)