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October 2016: Have I Been Gone This Long?

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Dear Blog,

I’m sorry for neglecting you.  I got caught up in the thing called life.  Forgive me?

Sweet – so a catch-up is in order because my last posting was last year… like, the last quarter of last year, haha!

All is well!  Life is relatively grand.  I spent the holidays with my new family and learned many, many British Christmas traditions while introducing them to some of my American ones.  I’ll throw something up on that later, though as I’m sure most of you don’t care all that much.

I promised photos from Stourhead National Park which I visited with my partner during my time off that week in October, so here they are!

P.S. If it looks familiar, it’s because it was used for a few scenes in Pride & Prejudice.

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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

 

 

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

High Steel Bridge - Olympic National Forest - Skokomish River

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.

Nature is Awesome - Tree Semi-circle - Mt Baker - Snoqualmie Continue reading

Humid Walk: Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park, Suspension, Suspension Bridge, Bridge, Forest, Woods, Virginia

Suspension Bridge in Prince William Forest – this photo was shared by VisitVirginia on Instagram!  Thanks, #loveva!

My poetic tribute to humidity:

Oh, humidity, how I hate you.  I have not missed you.  I despise you.  Oh, humidity. Continue reading

I Broke Free from the Confines of My House! (November – Fall Photos)

Hall-frickin-lujah!  I finally managed to escape the confines of my house in early November.  Yes.  It took me a month to write about it: judge all you want.

Fall on the Potomac River Continue reading

BOB (Bright Orange Ball) Makes a Comeback: Hot Hike in Catoctin

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Source: NASA

Let me just start by saying something I’m sure I’ve said before: I hate the heat. With a passion. Continue reading

The Joy in Trail Names: A Hike Through Cunningham Falls State Park

In general, one can pretty much assume what kind of hike/climb/trek they’re going to have when they read the name of the trail they’ll be venturing along – at least within the States.  In this case, we chose Old Misery Trail.  Mmhm.Old Misery Trail at Cunningham Falls State Park - Maryland Continue reading

Weather Forecasts Suck: Hike Through Bull Run Mountains

Ullr - Norse God of Skiing, archery, hunting, etc., etc.

Ullr – Norse God of Skiing, archery, hunting, etc., etc.

I was originally hoping to title this, “Snow Hike Through Bull Run Mountains”, but alas, the snow that we were promised failed to arrive Saturday, and what rolled through Sunday could be replicated by a five-year old throwing a handful of confetti.  Therefore, sad face 😦 Continue reading