‘Travel | Pacific Northwest’ Posts(2)

The quick brown fox jumped over the good, but lazy Parker family.

Travel: Mt. Adams & Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Monday, 3 July 2006

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Explored a huge area between Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens, called the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. There’s a several thousand acre lava bed (above) that’s stocked with pumice, wild flowers and bear grass. There’s also a series of ice caves (below) which has icicles year round.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State
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Travel: Columbia River Gorge

Sunday, 2 July 2006

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Drove the length of the old historic Columbia River highway, and took in half a dozen (or more) of the waterfalls that line the river. Most of them were bigger than any that I had ever seen before, and all of them were VERY photogenic.

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
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Travel: Mt. Hood

Sunday, 2 July 2006

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After driving through the Columbia River Gorge, we set off for Mt. Hood. After decades of east coast mountains, it’s hard to put a 11,000 ft volcano into perspective. Spent the latter part of the day wandering around the Timberline Lodge, a ski-resort on Mt. Hood that is operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

Mt. Hood, Oregon
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Travel: Rose Garden, Portland

Saturday, 1 July 2006

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Just outside of the Japanese Garden is a HUGE Rose Garden, which serves as a kind of public square for Portland families. The garden has hundreds of different kinds of roses, each layed out in 8 foot by 2 foot plots, side-by-side and end-to-end across acres of land. It’s simply overwhelming.

Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
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Travel: Japanese Garden, Portland

Saturday, 1 July 2006

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Summer vacation, finally, and I am hanging with the hippies of Portland, Oregon.

Part of the Oregon Zoo complex on the outskirts of Portland is a Japanese Garden, which is maticulously maintained. It’s rare that I feel like something was worth the cost of admission, but here not only was it a steal, I felt that my $8 was actually being folded back into the park itself. I can’t imagine how much they spend to keep this place up, but it is certainly more the cost of admission.

Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon
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Travel: Kayaking the West Sound, Washington

Thursday, 14 July 2005

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After a morning hiking Mt. Constitution, we spent the afternoon kayaking around the West Sound off the San Juan Islands. We kayaked accross the sound to what I *think* was the unfortunately named “Victim Island.”
Kayaking the West Sound, San Juan Islands, Washington State
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Hike: Mt. Constitution, Washington

Thursday, 14 July 2005

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Mount Constitution is the San Juan Island’s highest peak, though at a relatively meager 2,409 ft.
Hiking Mount Constitution, San Juan Islands, Washington State
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Hike: Yellow Island Preserve, Washington

Wednesday, 13 July 2005

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We took a day trip out to the Conservancy’s Yellow Island Preserve, a tiny island in located in the middle of the Puget Sound. Through the island’s history, an absence of grazing has helped preserve an unusual diversity of native plants, including 50 species of wildflower and bald eagles.
Yellow Island Preserve, San Juan Islands, Washington State
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Travel: Port Susan Bay, Washington

Tuesday, 12 July 2005

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Part of orientation to The Nature Conservancy is a trip to an ecologically significant place, with a 4-day conservation immersion course. My trip is to the San Juan Islands in Washington’s Puget Sound. On our way out there, we stopped by at the Conservancy’s Port Susan Bay preserve, which is one of the finest estuarine habitat in the Puget Sound.
Port Susan Bay Preserve, Washington State
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