Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hurricane Hill 20 Dec 2009

Went snowshoeing today, starting at the Hurricane Ridge lodge and hiking to the top of Hurricane Hill in the Olympic mountain range. The clouds parted briefly, yielding some striking scenes; layers of clouds beneath us and a portion of the Olympic Mountain Range opposite of us.

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That is me - the person standing between dwarf trees, freezing in the frozen wilderness
My companion frozen hikers are shown below.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Comet Falls 9/2/2009

The waterfalls I hiked to today were very beautiful, powerful, and dynamic forces of nature. I hiked up the west side of Mount Rainier along a deep ravine with rushing streams replete with waterfalls (Christine & Comet, and other small ones).

Above the waterfalls, and at the top high point of my hike was a lower west mountainscape of Mt Rainier; this was called Van Trump Park. Photos show Christine Falls (smallest of the falls), Comet Falls (big waterfall) and Van Trump Park (beautiful mountainscapes).

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

I took these pictures while hiking in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge on 7/11/2009. This is a State Park in Sequim, WA. The hike begins in an old growth forest, continues to a cliff overview (first slide), then down to the beach, a Spit of sand that protudes 5 miles into the Puget Sound.

Drift wood lines the center of the beach, serving as perch to many birds. There is an old Lighthouse at the very tip of the Spit.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Eagle Peak 3/21/2009

Snowshoing on yet another beautiful Saturday in the Tatoosh Mountain Range (near Mt Rainier) reminded me of the unique beauty of our surroundings in the State of Washington. For my Japanese friends reading this, the Tatoosh range is near Seattle, Washington.

The hike was, as always, cold, steep, and magnificient. We proceeded to climb up through an old growth cedar forrest containing of some truely giant trees. One giant was cleaved with a 6 inch wide gnarly vertical crack creeping up from trunk to towering top branches.

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Tatoosh Range as seen from Eagle Peak ridge
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I attempted scrambling up this rocky summit then, after reaching the half-way point, decided it was too risky and am seen slowly, carefully downclimbing.
As you can see, we all had a good time.