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)

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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)

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

When we planned a vacation to Washington in June, we 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 drizzle scared… 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”

Otherwise know as Chuckanut, the Native American 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 (34 km) long Washington State Highway… Continue reading “Long beach far from a narrow entrance”

Travels, West Coast US

Come What May – Bellingham, Washington

I always brag that I grew up in the most beautiful place. And I did. But Bellingham, located in Whatcom County in the northwestern corner of Washington, is a close second. I'm fortunate to have spent the better part of 4 years there, and it's a place I'd gladly go back to. Do you ever… Continue reading Come What May – Bellingham, Washington