Its one of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done. The trail is fairly easy to hike with incredible views at the finish.
If you haven’t already checked out this amazing, once in a lifetime comet, please do so!
I shot these pictures in Montana.
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Mt. Rainier National Park, located in Washington State, is a beautiful park filled with lush forests and waterfalls. The rivers are colored by glacial flour, making the water appear cloudy. Mt Rainier, towering over the Puyallup River valley at 14,114, is actually a large stratovolcano.
Mt. Rainier National Park has forests with age spans as young as 100 years old to areas of old growth that are over 1000 years old.
We drove completely around the mountain, giving us a 360`view. With few interior roads, most were closed.
Olympic National Park is nearly 1 million acres of protected wilderness. The size is incredible. There are few roads to the interior, with none going through the park. We managed to hike a few of the many trails in the park. All of them being spectacular.
Located right on the northern edge of the park, Madison Falls is reached by a short hike.
A quick drive to Lake Crescent gave us amazing views.
On our way to Quinault Rain Forest, located at the southern end of the park, we stopped at Ruby Beach. It was one of the 4 beaches open on the west coast of the park. Much of the coastline that falls within the Indian Reservation Lands to the northwest is closed, out of respect for the elders in regards to COVID-19.
Quinault Rain Forest is a short loop hike through some amazing forest.
This temperate rainforest gets an average of 10-15 feet of rain a year!
This area is home to Roosevelt Elk herds.
During our drive, we came across a little tree!
Sol Duc Falls trail runs through incredible old growth forest that ends at a beautiful cascading falls.
Olyimpic National Park is internationally recognized as a Biosphere and World Heritage Site.
It’s getting a little warm here in the Phoenix area. The forecasters are saying 106 degrees for Thursday. I’m thinking it’s time to head up to Montana soon!
There are lots of different types of waterfalls. I’ve taken a few photos of some, and thought I’d share!
Disclaimer: I’m by no means an expert on waterfalls. Read at your own risk.
When going through tough times, having faith and remembering that things will get better is very important. Whatever we’re going through right now, be it job loss, panic, uncertainty, try and stay focused on the things you have control over. It will get better. Stay strong. Also, a HUGE THANK YOU to all the people who are continuing to work the front lines of this pandemic. STAY SAFE!
With all the craziness that’s going on in the world, I thought a little burst of color might help cheer us up. Here are some flower photographs I took during our travels. Hope you enjoy. Stay safe and healthy my friends!
A U.S. Monument and UNESCO biosphere reserve, Organ Pipe Cactus N.M. is the only place in the US where organ pipe cactus grow wild.
Located in extreme southern Arizona, 95% of this beautiful park is declared a wilderness making it a great place to camp and hike.
We love to hike, and this place does not disappoint. The Sonoran Desert is alive with flora and many different types of cacti.
There are several mines located throughout the park, so we hiked to a couple of them.
Our first night a cold front blew in and the temperature dipped to a chilly 28 degrees. We bundled up in our sleeping bags that evening and waited for the morning sun to rise and heat us and the desert. The weather was perfect for the rest of our time there. We camped for three nights, four days.
After leaving the ranch in Montana, we flew back to Chicago so we could see our new granddaughter.
While there, we got to carve pumpkins and spend time with family.
When we returned from Chicago, we jumped back in the motorhome and headed for Las Vegas.
We enjoyed dinners and drinks on The Strip, Tape Face Show, zip-line down Freemont Street, Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire State Park.
!!!!!!!!Thanks Mark and Angie for sharing Vegas with us! We had a blast.!!!!!!!!
Friends we met in Canada, Duane and Ruth from Colorado, stayed at the same RV resort as us. That gave us a chance to re-connect and hang out for awhile. We danced to some great bands on Freemont Street, rode bikes on a Historic Railroad Trail, walked around Nevada’s largest cactus garden at Ethel M Chocolates decorated for Christmas, and lounged around the pool.