Posts Tagged ‘Sunset’


Day 14 – Olympic National Park to Victoria, BC

July 17, 2017

I woke up this morning seriously tired and sore, as expected. Twenty-two miles is a long walk. I had a reservation on a ferry to Vancouver Island for late afternoon, so the plan for the day was hitting a few final spots around the peninsula and getting in to Port Angeles by 4:00.

My first stop was the Sol Duc River valley.  The area boasts a hot springs resort and numerous hiking trails, meaning it could easily be a full day destination. I hit a few places and moved on.

Sol Duc Falls Trail:

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Day 12 – Olympic National Park

July 16, 2017

I emerged from my hotel, blinking into the light, right around checkout time, still intending to spend 2-3 days in and around Olympic National Park.

I forgot to mention in the last post, but I’ve been through here once before, during my 2008 trip west. On that trip, I was only passing through during the course of one day, and didn’t see much. I didn’t get to the coast at all, so with that in mind, I decided to concentrate on coastal areas today.

With that in mind, my first stop was Salt Creek County Park, on the North coast of the peninsula, across the Straight of Juan De Fuca from Vancouver Island.

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Amtrak for the Holidays, Part 3

March 22, 2012

After keeping all the people in Tubespace in suspense for the better part of two months, I am finally ready to finish my Amtrak trilogy.  Unfortunately, this post is less The Return of the King and more The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia, in that it’s kind of a letdown compared to what came before it.  Parts 1 and 2 covered the 50+ hour trips from LA to Chicago and Chicago to San Fransisco, respectively.  This post will cover the 13 hour trip from SanFran back to LA.  Here’s the thing.  Before starting my Amtrak excursion, a 13 hour train ride would have been an untested adventure.  However, being that it was the smallest part of a much larger whole, it was instead almost entirely blasé.  Really, it felt like a kind of longish commute.

Some morning train-side scenery.

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Thanksgiving Perambulation

January 26, 2012

Hold on to your butts.  This is a long one.

I had some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, whether I wanted it or not.  Being that the four day weekend wasn’t quite long enough to drive the 2200 miles to Ohio and back, I instead took the time for a mini road trip.  I had wanted to head back out to Joshua Tree, if nothing else to see what it looked like when it wasn’t gloomy and raining all day, had been meaning to get up to San Francisco to visit some friends for a while, and there was a green spot on the map between SanFran and LA called Pinnacles National Monument that looked interesting.

Joshua Tree, Take Two

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