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9 days in the Olympic Mountains with ENVIR 495C 2016, "Landscape Change in the Pacific Northwest"

I recently returned from my annual pilgrimmage to the Olympic Mountains with ENVIR 495C, “Landscape Change in the Pacific Northwest”. The title of the course doesn’t entirely do justice to what this interdisciplinary course is about.  3,000 more words


August 3: Hurricane Ridge and Olympic National Park

It was an awesome drive up to Hurricane Ridge. There were a couple lightning fires from a storm that had passed through several nights before, but the skies were still clear and the flora and fauna absolutely amazing. 114 more words


Maritime Livin'

We recently returned from an exciting and adventurous ten day vacation where we ate and drank our way through the Washington coast. The trip was a lovely balance of visiting with friends, hiking in national parks, and experiencing the maritime culture. 366 more words

Day Trip to Rialto Beach on the Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park is really huge and encompasses such diverse landscapes — snow-capped mountains, freshwater lakes (like Lake Crescent), ocean beaches, and temperate rain forests.  It really is a marvel.   203 more words


Beginner Backpacking Tips

I went on my first Backpacking trip a few weeks ago to Olympic National Park on the Hoh River Trail. I was a little nervous at first to go backpacking – I am an avid camper and have grown up camping since I was very little, however I have always been able to rely on having a car to pick up food/supplies and packing a lot of unnecessary items for those “just in case” moments. 968 more words