Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula

After an amazing day in Mount Rainier National Park I headed north toward Seattle. Three of my brothers and several of my friends live in the vicinity and I hoped to spend time with as many of them as possible. … Continue reading

Mount St. Helens- Revisiting Childhood Memories

As I journey around the country I’m frequently asked by people I meet, “Where is home?” If I’m standing in a campground or at a pull-off enjoying some stunning vista it’s easy to point to “The Beast” with a smile … Continue reading

Hiking the Columbia River Gorge

Wow! After two and a half months in the Pacific Northwest it is with mixed emotions that I continue my journey south. Although I have not actually lived in Washington since I was 21 years old it has always remained … Continue reading

Homeward Bound Through Idaho and the Sawtooth Mountains

After another memorable visit to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks it was time once again to put that rugged mountain range in my rearview mirror (or in my case… the side-views.) After nearly two years since my last … Continue reading

When Life Gives You Spotted Apples…

…Cut ’em up and make the best damn applesauce you can out of them!! While visiting my brother Eric and his family in Burlington Washington last week I picked a bunch of apples from the trees in their back yard. … Continue reading

Over the river and through the woods…

Over a couple mountain passes too! The drive from Chelan to Issaquah (East of Seattle and Lake Washington) was spectacular! The first 40 miles or so were right along the beautiful Columbia River. I grew up along the Columbia, not … Continue reading