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Lisa, happy to have survived. We're almost out.

Olympic NP’s Trail of Terror

By     |    Jul 30, 2012
Posted in: Hikes, Parks, Washington     |    2 Comments

The Trail of Terror starts with the flat and easy 1.4 mile stroll to Third Beach near La Push, WA along Olympic Park’s Pacific shore area. Walk south down the beach towards the waterfall. Look for the trail sign near where the beach narrows. It’s right above the freshly eroded cliff, near the dangling rope. The Trail of Terror connects Third Beach with the beaches to the south. It’s the […]

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Dazzled by Twilight, building 1.

Twilight in Forks, WA

By     |    Jul 27, 2012
Posted in: Books, Washington     |    1 Comment

Twilight, that novel about sexy vampires or something, was set in Forks, Washington, the rainiest town in the US. It averages 211 days of rain per year here. Our friend, Jane, tipped us of to the Twilight thing saying: Twilight was set there, which they thought was a pretty big deal a few years ago. It’s been a while though, so maybe they don’t care about that anymore. Oh, they […]

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Leaving Seattle via the Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry.

Riding the Seattle – Bainbridge Island Ferry

By     |    Jul 26, 2012
Posted in: Washington     |    No Comments

Eric, a former Seattle resident, gave us this tip: The thing I would recommend more than anything else is taking a ferry.  They’re just awesome.  There is a ferry terminal downtown (a couple blocks from Pike Place).  The ferries are huge and you can walk on for much cheaper than taking the van.  Going across to Bainbridge [Island] is what I’d vote for … You can wander the small town […]

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Digging in.

Oysterless in Seattle or We Find Oysters at The Walrus and The Carpenter

By     |    Jul 25, 2012
Posted in: Food, Washington     |    No Comments

I was excited to be in Seattle, close to the ocean, and nearer to oysters again. I’d just read about Olympia Oysters in a book … publushed in the ’70s. Turns out they were nearly extinct for a bit. They’re not at a store near you. Hopefully we can find some near Netarts Bay, Oregon. I last had oysters in Florida, basically a decade ago. Fortunately / unfortunately, the Florida Apalachicola […]

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Heads pop out of a jammer at Glacier NP.

Feedback from the Glacier Crew

By     |    Jul 24, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks     |    No Comments

We love hearing from our readers whether it’s via the contact page or as a comment on a post. Bill (who has his own blog) shared this: Greetings from Glacier National Park. Someone on the staff here discovered your blog the other day and showed me the haikus that you created at the park. It really made us smile. We just installed those exhibits about three weeks ago and were not sure how […]

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Scaleburger: over-seasoned with anticipation.

A Tale of Three Burgers

By     |    Jul 24, 2012
Posted in: Food, Washington     |    2 Comments

Cheeseburgers are everywhere. Good ones are rare (cooked medium). We’ve found a bunch of good burgers on the trip so far — they just might be the ultimate road food. We were on our way to Rainier and we already knew where we’d be getting lunch as we drove out of the park: Scaleburger. Thinking about burgers made us want burgers, so we stopped at Sonic. Then after arriving in […]

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Bumper? How about a tire instead?

VW Vans of Seattle

By     |    Jul 23, 2012
Posted in: Washington     |    2 Comments

I’m pretty sure Seattle has the highest per-capita concentration of VW vans outside of Stuttgart, Germany. They’re everywhere, so I took some pictures of them. Just a few of them. I want one.

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Not all bathrooms are as nice as this one in Yellowstone.

Close The Lid! Pit Toilets Explained

By     |    Jul 19, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Parks, Travel     |    No Comments

We’ve been at a lot of campgrounds lately with pit toilets. Sometimes, if the place is extra-classy, they’re referred to as ‘vault’ toilets. Secure storage for your shit. There seems to be some confusion on how to use them. Let me explain; it’s simple, really. First, you enter the building. Open the door, check for spiders (if you’re like Lisa), close the door, lock it, open the lid, prepare to […]

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Fresh like a 100-year-old glacier!

Beers of the Northern Rockies and the Northwest

By     |    Jul 19, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming     |    1 Comment

Read the stats and we’re a Budweiser nation. Travel around, and it seems like nobody drinks the stuff. Milwaukee and the rest of Wisconsin is a Miller strong-hold that spreads into the surrounding area. Same with Yuengling and the Pennsylvania area and Coors and Colorado. Meanwhile, Upstate New York loves its Labatt Blue. The only place that seems to support Bud is St. Louis – no surprise there. So what gets […]

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Google Map of our route to Rainier.

Grand Coulee Dam and a Damn Good Drive

By     |    Jul 18, 2012
Posted in: Drives, Washington     |    No Comments

Well, we got so excited writing about Mt. Rainier that we skipped writing about the drive there. It was a great drive. We drove through amber waves of grain, Utah-like canyons, and it all started on a ferry. You can street-view it here: Grand Coulee Dam route. It took two days — we stopped in Wenatchee for the night. We’ll probably never go back there … Driving in eastern Washington […]

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