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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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Foggy Memories in Olympic National Park

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

Olympic National Park is made up of many separate, unique areas. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss them. The park covers a large part of the Olympic Peninsula, across the Puget Sound from Seattle, plus a narrow strip of land along the Pacific Ocean. Roads enter into the main section of park, but none go through, so there’s quite a bit of driving involved. 95% of the park has […]

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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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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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Kapow! I'm Mount Rainier, Bitch!

Mt. Rainier: The Mountain with Sound Effects

By     |    Jul 17, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Washington     |    3 Comments

The thing I love about Mount Rainier is how it reveals itself. It’s just not visible all the time even / especially when you’re right next to it. It hides. It’s shy or something. And then BAM! there it is. Other times it’s more like ta-DA!! or da-dada-DA!! Somehow, whenever I see it, my mind plays a sound effect. You see its shoulder, you see its upper shoulder, then its […]

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The second day, Mt. Rainier was wearing an inverted tilde.

Peaceful Mt. Rainier

By     |    Jul 16, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Washington     |    No Comments

Peaceful…that’s a joke of course. There are signs everywhere warning you that Mt. Rainier is still an active volcano. It’s a little unsettling to bed down for the night or set out for a hike after reading signs that warn you of potential geothermal activity like eruptions, mudslides, avalanches, flash floods, etc. Sleep tight, but if you hear something that sounds like a freight train, run for the hills (the […]

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Paul working through a difficult haiku.

Writing haiku in Glacier National Park

By     |    Jul 13, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks     |    2 Comments

Inspired by a boardwalk nature trail with haiku on the panels, we returned to our campsite to compose our own silly haiku. You remember haiku from elementary school? Those three-line poems with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third? Maybe if traveling doesn’t work out, we can become roving bad-haiku missionaries. Here are our favorites from our haiku-session in Glacier National Park: Paul […]

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The trail I was excited to hike: closed.

Snowed under in Glacier National Park

By     |    Jul 12, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks     |    6 Comments

One of the great things about mountain parks like Glacier National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park is that they give regular people easy access to the tundra. What, you don’t want to hike 8,000+ vertical feet or over 10+ miles just to get a glimpse of spring wildflowers at 10,000 feet? No problem, if you’re in Glacier, just drive up to the Logan Pass Visitor’s Center, park your car, […]

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Morning Glory Pool.

11 More Crazy Yellowstone Pictures

By     |    Jun 29, 2012
Posted in: Montana, Parks, Wyoming     |    3 Comments

Man, we took a lot of pics in Yellowstone! Here are my favorites — I didn’t get through them fast enough to add to Lisa’s post.

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Who Named it Craters of the Moon National Monument?

By     |    Jun 28, 2012
Posted in: Idaho, Parks     |    2 Comments

When you visit Craters of the Moon National Monument, your first thought is that the person who named the place didn’t know too much about the moon. One wonders if he’d ever even looked at the moon. This is because the place he (most likely, it was a ‘he’) named Craters of the Moon is a giant, dark lava flow. It represents one of the more recent eruptions in this part […]

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