Washington

Ape Caves, WA

Today I’d like to tell the story of how a substitution of “a” for “the” caused us a lot of hassle and frustration in a cave. Specifically, the story is about the Ape Cave. This is a lava tube cave in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, right near Mt. St. Helen in Washington State. [Click here for the entire album]. Once you’re in this cave, you can go leftward a bit for an easy stroll, or rightward 1.4 miles through difficult terrain (big piles of boulders, rope up a  wall, etc.) to a ladder. That’s your reward: You climb out and stroll back through the forest rather than re-doing the lava tube. (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…)