Drove down the Oregon Coast early this week, down Highway 101 from Florence, Oregon to the California border. This section of coast has a long string of beaches, scenic corridors, parks, wildlife areas, viewpoints and many other recreation areas. My favorite spots were the Oregon Dunes, Sunset Bay, Cape Blanco, and the S.H. Boardman Corridor, but the whole drive was beautiful.
Made my way down to Portland last week and did a nice road trip with Jammies through Mount Rainier, Yakima and the Columbia Gorge, getting some well needed time together on the road.
Did a wonderful backpack last week through the North Cascades National Park. What a wonderful place! Check out my trip report below.
Also spent a great couple of days with my sister in Seattle, WA, hanging out at the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, eating birthday cake, and watching bad horror movies (yay Halloween). Yay, Seattle!
Camped a couple nights a the Hungry Horse Reservoir in Northern Montana last week, after spending the preceding week in Glacier. There were a few other campers at the reservior, but the place was quiet and the mornings were pretty. I enjoyed two nice sunrises there and didn’t talk to anybody. Continue reading “Notes from the Road – Northern Montana and Idaho”
Had an amazing week in Glacier National Park last week. I hiked 4 beautiful trails, drove Going-to-The-Sun Road, saw a ton of animals, and explored some of the surrounding towns. The park was so beautiful. Pitamakan Pass and the Grinnell Glacier were like temples and blew my mind. Definitely looking forward to coming back here. Continue reading “Glacier National Park Photos”
Stopped by Symes Hot Springs yesterday in Hot Springs, Montana. This was a resort style hot springs with outdoor pools, and an indoor tub room. The site included a historic hotel, with many amenities, albeit fairly rustic, including a small café, restaurant, and tent and RV camping. It is a popular spot among the locals, who add plenty of flavor to the place.
Last Wednesday, Jammies and I took a hike up to McNeil Point on Mount Hood. It was good day hike with excellent views of the mountain. The first half was through forest along the crest of the Bald Mountain ridge, and the second half crossed alpine meadows overlooking the Muddy Fork Canyon and Sandy Glacier. Mount Hood loomed high above, providing great views of the western face of the mountain.
I drove up the beautiful Highway 12 along the Lochsa River in Idaho this morning, and hiked into Jerry Johnson Hot Springs for a soak. This was an excellent hot spring, with clean, hot water, and a natural setting next to Warm Springs Creek.