Southern Oregon Coast – Highway 101

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.

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Mount Rainier and the Columbia Gorge

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.

Sunlight in the trees on Tamanos Mountain.

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North Cascades and Seattle Washington

Did a wonderful backpack last week through the North Cascades National Park.   What a wonderful place!  Check out my trip report below.

North Cascades – Easy Pass Backpack

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!

Symes Hot Springs

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.

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Mount Hood – McNeil Point and Ho Rock

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.

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