Some mountains should keep their distance or at least stay in the background, while other mountains always seem ready for prime time. And so it is with Mt. Ranier and Mt. St. Helens--two significant volcanoes within the Cascade Arc, and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. As the crow flies, both peaks are 50…Read more Beauty and the Beast
Dear Olympic National Park, It's not you, it's me. Usually, I like knowing something about my destination before I get there, especially when I'm planning to visit a National Park. I'll make a point of scanning the internet or paging through some travel books, gathering information about your geography and your attractions before my arrival.…Read more An Olympian Apology
Glacier National Park had some big shoes to fill considering we were still riding a Canadian Rocky Mountain high from our past visit to Banff and Jasper National Parks. It’s as if Banff and Jasper were the opening act and killed it, and just as Glacier, the headliner took the stage, the power went out.…Read more Glacier Assurance
Water falls are my kryptonite, and an easy source of distraction for me. I can easily get lost in them. Whether it's following its flow from source to destination, or studying the water as it ricochets against the rocks, the falls are guaranteed to captivate and provide inspiration for a photograph. But equally as special…Read more Ohh, Shiny!
Sadly, we were nearly out of time. Our visit to Banff and Jasper had taken our breath away, and now becomes the benchmark by which all future destinations will be judged. Fortunately, our farewell tour followed the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff, and continued down the Banff-Windermere Parkway to Radium Hot Springs--our last Canadian…Read more Smoke and Mirrors
Hiking six miles around five lakes left us energized and ready to explore more of Jasper, but we had to arrive at the Edith Cavell check-in point before 4:00 pm, or we'd be turned away. And that would be a shame, since we awoke at dawn to secure a coveted permit up Cavell Rd. to…Read more Blue Icing on the Cake
I came across a kaleidoscope of submerged river rocks at the base of Baring Falls in Glacier National Park while on a hike yesterday afternoon. The air was smokey from area wildfires, and the haze was holding the blue sky hostage. Surprisingly, the temperature was crisp on the trail, and the spray from the falls…Read more River Rock Falls–Elemental