Taking Advantage of Weekends to Travel

I think everyone wants to travel, in one way or another. Be free! Explore! That’s what life is about, after all. That’s what some of us live for. Of course, some of us don’t have the option of spending thousands of dollars to fly to international destinations, or go on big fancy cruises. Some of us are weighed down, either financially or by work, school, or family. This is about the some of us. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am a little bit more lucky than some of you when it comes to what I can fit in a…

Swimming in Oregon

Oregon is a great state. Full of nature and scenery, from the coast to the mountains, you can never get enough. Yesterday, I discovered 2 of the most amazing lakes I have ever been on/in. Go visit them on your next trip to Oregon! The first is Klamath Lake, near Klamath Falls. For the last 2 days of our holiday, we stayed at Point Comfort Lodge, where you got your own private cabin. Early in the morning yesterday, I grabbed the paddle board and went out on the lake for 30 minutes. This is what the lake looks like. The…

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is a lake formed by the historic Mazama Volcano, a 12,000 ft tall mountain which erupted and then collapsed, only to form thousands of cinder cones in the valley it formed. Crater Lake is a world renowned lake, being the 9th deepest lake in the world and the clearest in North America. Crater Lake has always been on my bucket list, and yesterday we got to see it! The first thing we saw, driving from our lodge in Point Comfort, were the pinnacles. They are formed by fossilized steam, caught up in rock that is ions-old Soon, we…

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Not well documented, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is largely comprised of what once was the inside of a volcano, and includes hundreds of smaller cinder cones planted randomly across the area. The monument is a place of extreme beauty and natural history that defies what we see one a daily basis. It is a collection of volcanoes, waterfalls and hikes that mesmerize you every step of the way. Below, see the best places to see inside the National Monument. Heading to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Visitor’s Center means coming face to face with one of the larger cinder…

Mt. Hood and the Surrounding Areas

  Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon, and an interesting one at that. With 1,600 square miles of nature surrounding it, there is no slight introduction to the mountain. It is visible from surrounding states. And how lucky are they. Leaving our stop for the previous night, we had a quick stop at Hood River waterfront on the Columbia River. Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world, but we, unfortunately, weren’t able to go. Not that I know how. Our next stop brought us closer to Mt. Hood, where we actually stopped in the town of…

Mt. Rainier in Wildflower Season

Mt. Rainier is famed as one of the tallest mountains in the United States, one of the most accesible, and certainly one of the most beautiful. Although I have hiked Rainier before, never has it been during wildflower season, where the landscape changes dramatically and the flowers produce all colors of the rainbow. In a lucky year, the wildflower season peaks for only about 2 weeks, in late July and early August. It is important to try and make Rainier during that time, but if not then it’s fine, as the hikes are still great and you still may catch…

Reflection Lake: Photography

Reflection Lake is often famed as one of the best destinations to get perfect photos of the gigantic volcano that is Mt. Rainier. Of course I agree. I have seen many pictures of it. I haven’t necessarily taken many. Due to the haze in the area, which has been coming from the fires in both Oregon and British Columbia, visibility is completely cut off, making it impossible to see that far in the distance. As you can see, you can barely make out the mountain. We arrived in Rainier late, barely making it to sunset at Reflection Lake, which was…

Hall of Mosses

Yesterday was our last day in the Olympic National Park area before heading home. Our first stop was the Hoh Rainforest. Also known as the Hall of Mosses, when you walk through the trees here, you are looking at huge amounts of moss, as seen here. On the way out of Hoh Rainforest area, we headed south to Ruby Beach, where we climbed the driftwood and rocks, touched the starfish and sea anenomes, and even went for a little wade. Ruby Beach is a great stop for kids.

Olympic National Park in a Day

Shimmering Coho jump out of the water. Mountainous valleys and lakes build a magnificent landscape. Coastal towns create a laid back vibe in this nature heaven. Olympic National Park is a 1,400 square mile park located in the Olympic Peninsula. Although it is worth more than a day, some only have one. Here, try and visit these top 2 spots for the best experience in the Olympic Mountains. Yesterday, our first stop was Sol Duc Falls. Although several reviews on the internet say there is a hot spring at the end of the trail, there isn’t. That’s a different trail….

A Swim and a Hike in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is the largest national park in the state of Washington. Sitting on the Olympic Peninsula, bordering the Pacific Ocean, the park is about 3-4 hours from Seattle. It is a collection of natural beauty, coming in all different forms. After living in Seattle for 7 years, this is the first time I have ever come here. Obviously, the best hike in the park is Hurricane Ridge. About 40 minutes from Port Angeles, the ridge, sitting atop the Olympic Mountain Range, is a great way to really see the area, from a height. First, go to the visitor’s…