Tagged: national park

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

 

 

Oh, the Wonders of Wyoming!

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir

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Utah: Mighty Moab

Back when I was a recalcitrant teenager living in southern California – I was angry having had to move in the middle of my Junior year from the lush, green and mountainous terrain of Washington to the brown…very brown valley of Temecula – I held a hatred of all things desert in my heart and mind.  All I saw was varying shades of brown.  In the mind’s eye of my teenage self, brown was a shade of evil and annoyance.  I did not see the amazing shades that could be cast across those browns and tans and reds by a rising or setting sun.  I did not see the power of the desert or the power of Mother Nature in a desert storm; in the survival of plant and animal life in something seemingly barren.  Oh, yes.  I was the angsty teenager who failed to see the beauty of the universe. Well, Universe, thank you for proving just how wrong that snotty teen was.

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South Dakota: The Badlands are Bad Ass!

Just in case the title of this post wasn’t clear; I totally dug the Badlands!

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A Return to Great Falls

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I know, I know. Super dramatic title, right?  Can’t you just feel the drama?  Is it humming through your veins; like that insanely suspenseful build up to a book’s climax that leaves you sitting on edge? Continue reading

A Saturday Hike and a Sunday Scramble with Some Philanthrophy (Updated)

Spring!

With The Greekanese out west for a couple weeks and Hiking Buddy catching up on school work, I thought for sure I’d be relegated to hiking alone. Continue reading