If you have just one day to kill in Zion National Park, what would you do? Continue reading “Zion National Park in a Day”
Come forth into the light of things.
Let nature be your teacher.
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.
If you love water, you will love this park. Continue reading “Hiking: Wallace Falls State Park”
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…
Glacier Basin is a scenic hiking trail in the Mt Rainier National Park Sunrise Area.
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 “Hiking: Glacier Basin”
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.
Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island is an easy, family-friendly loop trail with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.
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.
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 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.
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.
Back to the trailhead, start the hike by crossing Crystal Creek on a rustic log bridge. Continue reading “Crystal Lakes”