Another beautiful sunrise from Hurricane Ridge surrounded by the Olympic peaks. Hiked up to Hurricane Hill for breathtaking 360 degree views into Canada and back to Mt Baker and Mt Rainier. Olympic has it all...beautiful coastline, waterfalls, wildlife and majestic mountain peaks. But its time to say goodbye, been a great adventure!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Arrived in Olympic National Park yesterday and watched an amazing sunset last night. Started again at daybreak this morning and did a long hike along the rocky shore at Rialto Beach. It is covered in perfectly polished river rocks in all colors. And the tides wash in cool little colorful sea creatures like starfish and urchins. Also hiked through the Hoh Rainforest which was lush with ferns and a variety of trees.
Friday, August 26, 2011
On the drive leaving the gorge and headed to Olympic, you can see Mt St Helens and Mt Hood in the distance. Its cool driving around the Pacific Northwest and always having a snow capped volcanic peak like Mt Baker or Mt Rainier within view.
Location: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Hiked in the Paradise Valley at the heart of Mt Rainier. Another clear day. The Tatoosh Range dominated the views to the south. The trails in this valley are steep and the higher elevation trails are still covered in snow, but a few wildflowers were popping up. Saw a family of marmots playing in the meadows. And greeted by a Doe and Fawn on the way back down trail.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Been lucky with the weather so far with clear views of the mountain. Spent today in the Paradise area of park and did some great hikes to glacial lakes surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Some patches of wildflowers, but due to late snow melt, the flowers are not putting on their normal show.
Hiked down to Narada Falls. Timed it just right to catch a rainbow in the midst coming off the falls. But got drenched in the process.
Spent rest of the day hiking in Sunrise area of park. The drive was amazing with incredible views. The trails were clear of snow and the hillsides carpeted in wildflowers. Also lucky enough to have a couple of sightings of cinnamon colored black bears along the trail! Check out the action in the video...
Location: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Explored the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest from the north and also from the south at Baker Lake. Lots of wildflowers blooming along the trails including Avalanche Lilies and Monkey Flowers. The cascades and waterfalls were gorgeous and flowing strong due to snow melt. Visited North Cascades National Park and enjoyed some nice hikes and a beautiful drive around Diablo Lake. Now enroute to Mt Rainier National Park, but stopped off at Leavenworth which is a cool and lively Alpine Bavarian-style village.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Location: Mt Shuksan, Washington