Category: Washington

Campfire Stories: Lake Crescent

I really enjoyed last weeks campfire story and thought I’d share some more. Trigger warning, one of the below stories does involve homicide. While visiting Lake Crescent on our honeymoon we learned the myth of Mount Storm King. Lake Crescent and Lake Sutherland were once one lake. The local tribes were at war, angered by

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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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Washington Adventures of Geoff

For those of you new to McGee Travel Tales, meet Geoff. He is our fluffy traveling companion when the Bear can’t come explore with us. We got him after a balloon ride at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. We didn’t take a ton of pictures with Geoff in Washington but the ones we did were

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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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Ashford and Elbe Restaurants

I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of restaurants that were available in the area outside of Mount Rainier National Park. These are the ones we visited in the order we visited them. When you visit be aware that the prices do reflect the cost of getting ingredients to the semi-remote area. Ashford – Copper

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Mount Rainier: Longmire

One of the entrances to Mount Rainier National Park was walking distance from our cabin. When visiting any national park I highly suggest getting a National Parks pass so that your entry is already paid for and entering is quick. Our first stop was the Longmire visitor center to speak to the park rangers about

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