Washington

Hole in the Wall (Olympic NP)

The Hole in the Wall rock formation can be found on Rialto Beach in Olympic, National Park. Click here for the entire photo album. (more…)

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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…)