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  • Tent Rocks national Monument, Day After Thanksgiving 2014

    Written on July 11, 2015 at 10:23 am, by

    The day after Thanksgiving, myself and a couple other Tamarindos went for a hike at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, affectionately known as ‘Tent Rocks.’ We weren’t the only folks with this idea; there was a line to get up the mountain! Regardless, the hike is beautiful. We climbed to the top of the outcrop Continue Reading »

    Bandelier National Monument, Fall 2014

    Written on July 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm, by

    In October, I took a solo day trip to Bandelier National Monument, winding along the backroads and approaching Frijoles Canyon from the southwest from the Jemez Mountains, which was a beautiful drive. The peak tourist season was winding down, but I still had to take a shuttle into the canyon from a neighboring town. Several years Continue Reading »

    Ozette Loop, Washington Coast, June 20- 21, 2014

    Written on December 20, 2014 at 11:22 am, by

    My final backpacking trip in Washington before I moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico was one of my favorites. A nine mile trek, the Ozette Loop trail took us from Lake Ozette through a coastal forest and thickets to some of the wildest coastline in Washington. This hike had it all– sea stacks, bald eagles, whales, seals, and Continue Reading »

    Astoria and Fort Steven’s State Park

    Written on October 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm, by

    Saturday, January 25th was an abnormally warm day. The sun was shining for the first time in what seemed like months, and the temperature reached 60° on the coast. Friend Sarah and I decided to drive to Astoria, Oregon for the day, visiting the Goonies house and Fort Steven’s State Park, the location of the Continue Reading »

    Nisqually Christmas Hike, 2013

    Written on September 23, 2014 at 5:02 am, by

    The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places to bird watch in the South Sound area. I never tire of watching the seasons change in this beautiful wetland or awaiting seasonal migrants to appear in the seasonal grasslands and salty tidelands. Here are some of the birds I saw, minus the Northern Continue Reading »

    Kalaloch Beach, Washington Coast November 2013

    Written on September 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm, by

    In November of last year, I drove to the coast for a crisp, socked in afternoon. I can almost smell the surf from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Staircase, Olympic National Park

    Written on November 13, 2013 at 10:52 am, by

    A few days after returning from Hurricane Ridge, I went for a small day hike in another area of the Olympic National Park, Staircase, which skirts the Skokomish River. Densely forested, with gorgeous mosses blanketing the forest floor and surrounding trees, I hadn’t visited the area in several years. A beautiful new suspension bridge has Continue Reading »