hiking

Patrick’s Point SP


These pictures of Patrick’s Point State Park are the last from my May 2016 redwoods trip. [The others were of Humboldt SP and of Prairie Creek Redwoods SP and Redwoods NP.] As with the Humboldt photos, it was nearly impossible to pick five to feature here (I even cheated and used six, and it was still hard!), so please be sure to check out the entire set of photos. The places we went in Patrick’s Point State Park were Palmer’s Point, Mussel Rocks, the Rim Trail Overlook, Patrick’s Point itself, Wedding Rock, and the Sumêg village. (more…)

Humboldt Redwoods SP

Founder’s Grove Nature Loop Trail (0.53 mile)

Building on yesterday’s post featuring Prairie Creek Redwoods SP and the Redwoods National Park, today I have photos of Humboldt Redwoods SP. This one seems slightly less famous than the others, but it is every bit as gorgeous–if not even moreso, because it was so especially green. It was really hard to pick just five photos to feature here, so be sure to check out the entire photo album. The trails we went on were the Grieg-French-Bell Grove Trail, Homestead Trail and Big Tree Loop, Big Tree Area and Founder’s Grove Nature Loop. (more…)

Prairie Creek Redwoods SP & Redwoods NP

Banana slug, Prairie Creek Trail, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

My apologies for disappearing for two weeks with no explanation. Many things have happened in the past few weeks, or 2-3 months actually, some very good and one very bad, and the very bad thing is ongoing and may continue to affect my posting here (to say the least of what it will affect). One of the very good things, though, is that The BF has become The Fiancee! He proposed in Fern Canyon (see next photo, although that’s not the exact spot he did it) in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. These photos represent a third of the photos from that trip, and also include a few photos of the nearby Redwoods National Park and the Requa Inn, a B&B there. As always, click on any photo to be taken to the entire photo album. Next up will be the other photos from that trip: Humboldt Redwoods and Patrick’s Point State Park. Enjoy! ~The TSC (more…)

Hurricane Ridge – Marmots!


One of our greatest hikes ever was when, during our 2014 epic road trip to Oregon and Washington, we did Hurricane Ridge [general info. available here] in Olympic National Park in Washington state. SO MANY MARMOTS, and many other cute animals as well. And, once the fog lifted a bit, the stunning landscape was revealed to us too. It was a pretty chilly hike (since you are, after all, on a ridge) but literally one of the best in my entire life. Click here for the entire photo album! (more…)

Oneonta Gorge

If you’re down for more than the drive-up waterfalls Multnomah & Horsetail, another thing right in the area is Oneonta Gorge. [Full photo album is here.] Hike through this green little heaven (bring watershoes, and the water is COLD, so be prepared) a mere 0.3 miles and there’s a little waterfall at the end. But even if you don’t want to get wet at all, you should be able to hike in at least a little bit it, and it’s worth it, trust me. (more…)

Horsetail Falls

A natural follow-up to the Multnomah Falls post is the very-nearby 176-foot Horsetail Falls, an easy drive-up one. But if you want to make a little more of it, apparently you can hike the trail that starts there (Horsetail Falls trailhead) and there is another waterfall above it, called Ponytail Falls, less than a half mile up. This is all in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, near Portland.

Eagle Creek


Eagle Creek has got to be one of the best trails in Oregon. [Click here for the various trail guides.] I recommend the 12 mile (round-trip) hike to Tunnel Falls, which can be a day trip. (This first time we did it we accidentally didn’t go to Tunnel Falls, though!) However, even if you can only go a few miles in, there are beautiful sights all along the way. For example, a mere 2 miles in is Punchbowl Falls, and even just on the way to that you’ll see several other falls. Check out my album to see what I mean. The waterfalls featured are Punchbow, the falls below Punchbowl, Metlako, Loowit, Skoonichuck, and the seemingly barely-visited (we only found it by accident) and fairy-tale-like Wy-East Falls. (more…)