Washington State: Western vs. Eastern

Here’s something interesting for you: many people think the Pacific Northwest is only the territory from western Oregon up through western Vancouver, British Columbia.  It’s not.  The Pacific Northwest, AKA: PNW, covers Washington, Oregon, B.C., Idaho, and parts of Montana and California and Alaska.

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Western Washington – pretty green with lots of trees

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Eastern Washington – kind of like Kansas

 

 

Fourth of July: North Cascades National Park

Spent the long “traitorous colonials” (aka: Independence Day) weekend with my best friend, her hubs, and their two small humans camping out in North Cascades National Park.  There were camp fires, roasted marshmallow stuffed Reese’s (because this Celiac improvises with candy for Graham Crackers, haha!), bugs with little people, hiking and boat rides.  ‘Merica!

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Diablo Lake

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Blue Lake

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Blue Lake

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The only time I willingly allow bugs in my tent is when a little Heathen happens to be sharing it with me.  All little kids should play with bugs🙂

High Steel Bridge and Thunder Creek Trail

As I get older, I find I have a ridiculous appreciation for bridges.  Maybe it’s not overly ridiculous to be glad that people decided to make access to other areas easier, but it still can seem a little strange.  Having previously taken for granted the skills each generation has used to build a bridge, be it steel or wood, I’d just like to send a little shout out to those magnificent bridge builders of past and present – THANK YOU!

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Wooden Bridge connecting the Thunder Creek Trail System – North Cascades National Park

High Steel Bridge - Olympic National Forest

The single-lane steel and concrete High Steel Bridge located in Olympic National Forest.  The bridge was built in 1929 and is 420-feet / 120-meters high

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View of the Skokomish River and part of the steel supports of High Steel Bridge.  Note the size of the evergreen trees and likely size of the river when you’re 420-feet / 120-meters up!

An Unplanned Adventure: Mount Baker

I had this great plan for getting up super early, pre-dawn-style, hopping a ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula and adventuring through a trail system along a lake.  That didn’t so much happen.

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Catching Up: Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Sunshine Over the Olympics

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Wonderfully White Winter in Washington!

I couldn’t pick a favorite photo from my adventure to Eastern Washington and up through Leavenworth, Washington this past week, so I thought I’d ask you (whoever you are): which of these is your favorite?

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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

While everyone was taking the chance to #optoutside – something I do every Black Friday due to my extreme dislike of large crowds of insane people – I decided to check out a local Wildlife Refuge just down the road from my place.

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