Olympic National Park

If you could visit only one National Park in your lifetime, I would go out on a limb to suggest that it should be Olympic National Park.  Located on the western peninsula of Washington State, the park encompasses nearly one million acres and a number of unique ecosystems.  For the geeks in the crowd, you have to pass over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on your way to the park from Seattle. 🙂

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Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens is designated as a National Volcanic Monument rather than a National Park.  Notorious for her catastrophic eruption in 1980, Mt. St. Helens is still an active volcano.  From most distances and angles it is hard to see any evidence of the destruction but when you round the bend on the main road leading to her, the enormity slaps you in the face.  The closer you get, the more you see old dead trees, young vegetation, and the gaping hole left in the crater itself. (more…)

Hood River, Oregon

Hood River, Oregon is a nice city to spend some time in.  Located along the Columbia River and also it’s namesake Hood River there is a surprisingly diverse list of things to do and see.  It is well known for being an active city with some of the best spots for windsurfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, skiing and mountain biking.  (more…)

Northern Cascades National Park

One of the least visited of the National Parks is the Northern Cascades.  Located in northern Washington State just over two hours northeast of Seattle, it is certainly one of the more secluded though surprisingly easy to get too…provided of course the snow has been cleared!  (more…)