Category Archive: Northwest Trip

Jul 18

Lassen Volcanic National Park

On our last day of fun stuff on vacation, we drove from Redding to the north end of Lassen Volcanic National Park and went to the small museum and bookstore. I got my National Parks passport stamped and the weather was low 60’s and overcast, so a good day for hiking. We walked the Lily …

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Jul 17

Redwood National Park

On Day 17 we were in California and still progressing down Highway 101. We passed through Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and on down 101, thus bypassing the drive through the tall trees. Oops. We stopped at Kuchel Visitor Center and discovered our error. So we took the park map they gave us and …

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Jul 08

Sandwiched in the middle of the lighthouse quest

So it took us three days to see all the lighthouses on the Oregon coast because we were doing OTHER stuff on those days, too. Like visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory on Day 15.

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Jul 07

9 Oregon lighthouses

I wanted to visit lighthouses while we were in the Northwest and we went to a couple in Washington.  Soon after crossing the border into Oregon I became aware that there are nine historic lighthouse on the Oregon coast and became obsessed with the idea of making a pilgrimage to each one on our trip …

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Jul 05

Columbia River adventures

We started Day 14 with a visit to Fort Stevens, which is now an Oregon State Park. In a past life it was a Civil War-era nine-sided earthworks fort. There is a reconstruction on the site of this 1863 fort with the entrance into the earthworks.Ft. Stevens was also used for coastal defense during WWI and …

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Jul 03

Mount St. Helens

Scott was In South Korea serving his LDS mission in spring 1980 when Mt. St. Helens erupted and as a student of geology, he has always wanted to see it. So we added it to the itinerary of this trip to the Northwest and made it on Day 13. It’s a fairly long drive up …

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Jun 23

Southwestern Washington

We spent the day exploring the corner of Washington and the mouth of the Columbia River. We started the day by going to the North Head lighthouse, which was built in 1898 and has been active to the present. It has a 65 foot tower and the light is 190 feet above sea level. Washington …

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Jun 19

The edge of the US-sort of

Day 8 of our trip we headed into Olympic National Park out of Port Angeles, Washington.  We stopped first at Madison Falls which was a short trail to a beautiful waterfall in the Elwha Valley portion of the park.

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