Category: State and National Parks

Pacific Northwest in Conclusion

This was an absolutely magical trip. I could have stayed and hiked for many more days. There is so much to see and do in the area. Keltin and I both want to go back to hike the trails we missed and see the wild flower meadows. If you missed any of the posts or

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Mount Rainier: Mini Hikes

Our last day at Mount Rainier National Park, we wanted to make sure to see everything that we could. And we managed it by taking “mini” hikes. I put that in quotes because we hiked over 10 miles total and two of the hikes were 4 miles each. The shortest was .3 miles. We had

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Mount Rainier: Waterfalls

After our day in Portland it was still raining at Mount Rainier but it was mostly just a chilly drizzle so Keltin and I decided that we were going to explore the park some more and spy out all the waterfalls that we could. We had seen Silver Falls on our first day but there

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Mount Rainier National Park: Wild Flowers

We did not get to see the meadows full of wild flower a top Paradise. However, we did get to see some beautiful flowers all over the park, if in smaller batches. I absolutely loved the little pops of color or the new growth on the trees, showing in the form of bright verdant needles.

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Mount Rainier: Paradise

Paradise. The word brings to mind various magical landscapes for each of us. On this visit to Mount Rainier, Paradise meant snow. The Paradise Area of Mount Rainier National Park was mostly closed during our visit. We were able to drive to the visitor center and upper parking area but not the rest of the

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Mount Rainier: Ohanapecosh

After a six mile hike over Rampart Ridge and a picnic I was exhausted but not ready to go back to the cabin. So as Keltin drove from one side of the park to the other I napped in the car. The napped saved me and made sure that I had plenty of energy for

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Welcome to the Texas Coastal Plains

For my birthday I wanted to getaway from everything for a bit, escape, relax and just breath in nature. I actually planned this trip back in November and was more than ready for it when April got here. This was a short trip but if was full of good food and drinks, some beautiful scenery

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Olympic Peninsula Complete Guide

Visiting Olympic National Park was amazing. The country is beautiful and more than worth a visit. I could not have asked for a more amazing honeymoon location. When you visit plan a full day in most places. They are too beautiful to rush visiting, they deserved to be fully appreciated. Respect the land and leave

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Olympic Peninsula: Fungus and Mushrooms

There is a lot of moisture and a lot of rotting vegetation in Olympic National Park. This is an appreciation post of the various types of fungus and mushrooms that keeps the forest working as it should. I do not know what any of these are called but I like how they look! Don’t worry,

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Olympic Peninsula: Hiking Storm King

On the trail to see Marymere Falls you pass the turn off for the Storm King trail. The trail is a little less than two miles long (1.7 miles to be exact) but it gains about 100 feet of elevation per 1/10 of a mile. Keltin and I got a good look at the start

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