Posts Tagged ‘Washington’


Days 53-54 – Rossland, BC to Reno, NV

August 24, 2017

I finally got fast forward in gear. In the last two days, I’ve covered 900 miles, bringing me from British Columbia to Reno, Nevada. I didn’t make any stops along the way, so the only photos I have to show for those miles are snapshots fired from the hip while driving (I won’t tell my insurance company if you won’t) or while stopped on the side of the road.

I finished my time in Canada on British Columbia Route 3…

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Christina Lake

…after which I finally crossed the border into Washington. I crossed specifically where I did so that I could catch U.S. Route 395. I have a fondness for the pre-interstate cross country federal highways. They usually cross more scenic country than the interstates and are a more charming way to travel if you have the time.

I’ve wanted to drive one from end to end for a while, and this seemed like a good opportunity. U.S. Route 395 runs 1,305 miles from the U.S.-Canada Border to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. I’ve been on 395 at various times and various places between Lake Tahoe and Death Valley, but the northern half will be all new territory for me.

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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 13 – Olympic National Park, Cont.

July 17, 2017

I could easily spend a month or two just on the Olympic Peninsula. One of the things I would do if I had a month is hike the entire Hoh River Trail, which follows the Hoh River valley for about 12 miles through the Hoh Rain Forest and then climbs some 5000 feet to the glaciers near the summit of Mount Olympus. To go out and back is a 34 mile trip that would take three to four days.

Since I didn’t have three to four days (and because I still haven’t really graduated from day hiking to backpacking), I decided to cover as much of the trail as a I could in a one day out and back. I decided to be up by 5:30 to be on the trail by 6:00, so naturally I got on the trail at 9:30. Which is probably a good thing, because the 22 miles I covered today turned out to be right at the upper limit of what my legs and feet can handle right now. Another three and a half hours may have been unwise.

Anyway, here are photos from my 12 hours in the Hoh National Rain Forest:

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My overnight accommodations. So much better than waking up surrounded by drywall and concrete.

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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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Days 9-12 – Port Angeles, WA

July 12, 2017

Well, there’s taking it easy, and there’s wussing out completely. I can’t help but feel like I’ve done more the later than the former. I set out from Vancouver on Sunday thinking I was well rested. Evidently, I was wrong, as what should have been a four hour drive to the town of Port Angeles, which I was going to be using as home base during my planned three days at Olympic National Park, turned into more like a seven hour drive because I kept having to pull off the road and take 20-30 minute cat naps.

When I finally made it into town, I walked around a little, stopped by the park visitor center, found a hotel, and pretty much went into hibernation. The Olympic Peninsula is one of the most scenic parts of the country, and I have spent the last two and a half days doing absolutely nothing but napping, netflixing, and pecking away at the last series of blog entries.

Oh well. When your body needs rest, you rest. Doing anything else is a good way to get hurt.

‘Not much in the way of photos for this post, but here’s a few from one of the piers on the waterfront:

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Day 8 – Portland and Vancouver, WA

July 12, 2017

I got into Vancouver yesterday evening, and after spending a few hours catching up with a friend from High School, along with his wife, four excitable kids, and two dogs, luxuriated in a bed for the first time since San Francisco (Thanks Chris).

I’d never been to Portland, so I headed that way in the morning. Besides the local used bookstore (Powell’s City of Books) which is pretty great, I can’t say I’m in love with the city.

Ninety percent of what I knew of Portland before today came from Portlandia, and from what I can tell, it wasn’t far off the mark. Looking at the people on the street and in the shops, I couldn’t help but be a little on edge, worried on some level that if I said or did anything, I’d be tarred and feathered for committing a microagression or something. And the parks… oh dear lord. They seemed to frequented chiefly by the Militantly Filthy; people of means that certainly could clean themselves up at least to the point where they wouldn’t smell so bad, but believe that taking a shower is a capitulation to The Man or something.

Whatever. I’m sure it’s actually a fine town. I just need to visit on some other occasion, during one of the three or four times a year I’m in a good mood.


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Staying On Top of Things

June 18, 2011

So I have this thing about being on the roofs of things.  It’s something I like to do.   This has worked out well the last few years, as the house I’ve been living at has practically a playland of angles and platforms on top of it.

Seriously, it looks like something out of Mario64.

What with the banquet of off-kilter angles, I”ve found myself up there more than a few times with camera in hand.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of the photos, as well as some of my other roof-top exploits.