Wallace Falls State Park

Come forth into the light of things.
Let nature be your teacher.
-W. Wordsworth

Spring weather in the Pacific Northwest can be rather interesting.

When we arrived at the Wallace Falls State Park, the rain was still pouring down. So we decided to sit in the car and have breakfast. Minutes later the sky cleared and we set out for the hike.

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If you love water, you will love this park. Continue reading “Wallace Falls State Park”

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Back to Ilulissat

My fourth day in Greenland – I decided to take it easy.

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I revisited the blue trail that I walked on the first day under the midnight sun. Only this time I was more relaxed and observant. Continue reading “Back to Ilulissat”

Hike to the Delta

I woke up at four in the morning, lying in bed listening to the sound of my surroundings. At first, it was total silence – then birds chirping, gentle waves brushing the shore, and…glacier rumbling in the distance…

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Was there another calving? I got up and rushed to the window… Continue reading “Hike to the Delta”

Autumn in Mt. Rainier

People come to Mt. Rainier, in the summer for its myriad displays of wild flowers; in the winter for its endless opportunities of winter sports.

But on a beautiful sunny day in the autumn…

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The view could be equally astonishing.

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Glacier Basin

Glacier Basin is a scenic hiking trail in the Mt Rainier National Park Sunrise Area.

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It offers a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier and Emmons Glacier.

The trail is in excellent condition (Thanks to WTA volunteers). It is relatively flat and shaded most of the the way to the top. Continue reading “Glacier Basin”

Hike to the Moraine

This must be my lucky day!

First the whale, then the calving, next came a tsunami. Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any better…Paarnaq knocked on my door and informed me that I will have not one, but two lovely guides accompanying me on my hike to the moraine. I was psyched.

Simon and Paarnaq are young, intelligent and energetic. We got along just like old friends. We hiked, exchanged ideas, sang songs, and made jokes. In fact, we’ve had so much fun that when I come to think of it now, I don’t remember much of the actual hiking.

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Ebey’s Landing

Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island is an easy, family-friendly loop trail with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.

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The trail starts either from the Prairie Overlook Trailhead or the seaside parking lot at the end of Ebey’s Landing Road. Washington State Discovery Pass is required to park in the parking lot.

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Looking at Penn Cove where the famous namesake mussels are farmed

Continue reading “Ebey’s Landing”

The Trail to Sermermiut

It’s 23:00 Greenland time. I’m all alone on this trail. Before heading out I asked the hotel staff if it is safe to be out this late. He said yes, the sun never sets.

This is still my first day in Greenland. I set out to do this walk after dinner. Continue reading “The Trail to Sermermiut”

Crystal Lakes

Crystal Lakes Trail, in the Mount Rainier area, is a beautiful day hike best enjoyed in late spring (June) or early fall (October). With 2600 feet elevation gain in merely 3 miles, it may seem challenging, but the trail is very well maintained with mostly dirt path, and shaded most of the way to the top.

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Unless you are camping overnight, no pass or permit is required.

The only caveat is finding the trailhead. It is on the east side of Highway 410. While there are no signs visible from the road, parking is available on both sides of Highway 410. WTA website has a good description of how to get there.

Even if you drive past the trailhead, this view of Mt. Rainier, with rushing rapids of the White River snaking through verdant valley, is worth checking out.

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Back to the trailhead,  start the hike by crossing Crystal Creek on a rustic log bridge. Continue reading “Crystal Lakes”

Goat Lake

For those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest, summer is finally upon us. Last weekend my friend and I hiked Goat Lake trail in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forrest.

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Located at the end of the Mountain Loop Highway, two hours drive from Seattle downtown, this is one of my favorite hikes in late spring/early summer. Thanks to volunteers from the Washington Trail Association, the trail is very well maintained and practically flat, making it a great destination for families with kids.

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The trail starts at the far end of the parking lot. In just a few minutes, come to a well signed junction for the Upper Elliot and Lower Elliot trails. They’ll rejoin in approximately three miles. Given that it was a 90°F day, under a cloudless blue sky, we picked the lower trail. It is mostly shaded and curves around a running creek that keeps the temperature down. Continue reading “Goat Lake”