Category: State and National Parks

Olympic Peninsula: Olympic Waterfalls

Early on in our trip we visited the Olympic National Park visitor center before heading up Hurricane Ridge and at the visitor center was a sign indicating places within the park to visit; some of those places were waterfalls. Madison Falls Madison Falls is .1 mile from the parking lot, this is a quick and

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Beach 4 and Tidepools

On our first day in Part Angeles we visited the Olympic National Park Visitor Center before heading up Hurricane Ridge. At the visitor center was a sign listing must see signs to see within Olympic National Parks. One of the things listed was tidepools. We had to see them and I’m really glad we went.

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Hoh Rainforest

If you go to Olympic National Park and only have time for one hike I highly suggest hiking the Hoh Rainforest. It is a different world. Ancient trees, their limbs heavy with moss. A trail running next to the glacier fed Hoh River lined with giants: trees over 200 feet tall and ferns taller than

Continue reading

Favorite Photos of 2020

Obviously 2020 was not the year we hoped it would be but Keltin and I did get to travel a little bit. It was an excellent year for hiking and we worked to make sure we were socially distancing. That fact took us to some places with some fantastic views. I share this picture probably

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Rialto Beach

When most people think of beaches they think tropical, warm sun, white sand. The beaches of the Pacific Northwest are not that but they are beautiful. Misty and quiet except for the sound of the surf and the occasional cry of a seagull. There are a number of beaches that are part of Olympic National

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Pyramid Peak Trail

Our second hike after Hurricane Ridge was the Pyramid Peak Trail. We had intended initially to hike the Spruce Railroad trail but it was closed so we took a different trail from the same trailhead. To get to the North Shore Day Use Area you travel up highway 101 to the end of the lake

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Lake Crescent

When visiting Olympic National Park make sure to make time for Lake Crescent. I don’t mean just look out the window as you drive past it on the way to the beach or the Hoh Rainforest. Stop, look at the vibrant view of the water, read the informational signs, hike the trails. This part of

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Hurricane Ridge

Our first morning we decided to drive up to Hurricane Ridge. From research we knew that the visitor center at the top was closed for the season but the one at the bottom, in Port Angeles, was open, with proper social distancing. There are a few visitor centers but due to Covid and the lateness

Continue reading

Olympic Peninsula: Introduction

For our Honeymoon Keltin and I visited the Olympic Peninsula and spent most of our time in Olympic National Park. This trip was a whirl wind and we saw everything from mountains and rainforests to the Pacific Ocean. On this trip we didn’t visit many restaurants and no breweries or wineries. What we did was

Continue reading

Fall Colors at LBJ National Grasslands

The LBJ National Grasslands near Decatur, TX have miles of trails and many people visit to ride their horse along these trails. We visit to hike and maybe tent camp one day. Last time we visited there were still some wild flowers but the fall foliage was making itself seen and it is too beautiful

Continue reading