Pacific Northwest Edition

Hubs and I recently had the opportunity to finally take our honeymoon (better five years late than never!), and we spent it travelling around Washington and Oregon. Since this is a blog about hiking in Ohio, I’ll keep the writing brief and let the photos do the sharing. I mainly wanted a place to post pictures of the trip to share with friends and family. I will say that the Pacific Northwest was astonishingly diverse in topography, geography and culture, and we had a wonderful, relaxing time filled with beautiful hikes, good conversation and delicious food (omg the pears!). I promise to come back next time with an Ohio hike!

FIRST STOP: MT. RAINIER, Washington

Hiking up the mountain from the Paradise Ranger District

Marmots!

Marmots!

Roadside view

Roadside view

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Mt St Helens in the background

Mt St Helens in the background

One of many waterfalls along the hike

One of many waterfalls along the hike

Rainier (8)

babbling brook

babbling brook

Rainier (10)

Sunset on Rainier

Sunset on Rainier

Rainier (13)

Crazy people

Crazy people

Rainier (16)

Hello Hubs!

Hello Hubs!

Chipmunks

Chipmunks

Near the top, still thousands of feet left to go!

Near the top, still thousands of feet left to go!

Hiking back down

Hiking back down

So colorful...

So colorful…

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Wildflower season

Wildflower season

Looking down

Looking down

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About halfway up

About halfway up

Hiking up Rainier - I felt like I was in the Alps!

Hiking up Rainier – I felt like I was in the Alps!

GROVE OF THE PATRIARCHS at Mt. Rainier National Park (Old growth pine grove)

Notice the people sitting at the bottom

Notice the people sitting at the bottom

Those are some big trees!

Those are some big trees!

Water was so clear

Water was so clear

Rainier (6) Rainier (5)

INDIAN POINT: Hiking above the Columbia Gorge

Gorge (1)

Washington to the left, Oregon to the right

Washington to the left, Oregon to the right

Indian Point

Indian Point

Good thing I'm not ascared a heights!

Good thing I’m not ascared a heights!

After four miles of walking ONLY uphill...

After four miles of walking ONLY uphill…

LITTLE CRATER LAKE at Mt Hood National Forest

Little Crater Lake (1)

Baby version of the infamous Crater Lake

Baby version of the infamous Crater Lake

Sisters, Oregon, and the drive to it…

Charred trees atop Black Butte

Charred trees atop Black Butte

Black Butte (2)

Black Butte Lizard

Black Butte Lizard

The desert side of Oregon

The desert side of Oregon

Deschutes River

Deschutes River

SILVER FALLS STATE PARK, nicest campground in Oregon!

Silver Falls (8) Silver Falls (1)

177' falls!

177′ falls!

Silver Falls (6) Silver Falls (4)

looking up

looking up

Hello there

Hello there

Lunch by the river

Lunch by the river

CANNON BEACH, OR

Cheers! It was my birthday, after all...

Cheers! It was my birthday, after all…

One of the largest monoliths in the world

One of the largest monoliths in the world

Cannon Beach (3)

Foggy night

Foggy night

Cannon Beach (7)

The fog lifted in time for a lovely sunset

The fog lifted in time for a lovely sunset

I think you need to be turned into a painting!

I think you need to be turned into a painting!

Cannon Beach (9)

STARFISH!

STARFISH!

Sea anemones

Sea anemones

Cannon Beach (12) Cannon Beach (14)

CITY STUFF (Portland, Astoria, Seattle)

Cathedral Park in Portland, OR

Cathedral Park in Portland, OR

The dock at Cathedral Park

The dock at Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park (3)

Cathedral Park

Cathedral Park

Hubs peed his pants a little when we drove past this...

Hubs peed his pants a little when we drove past this…

...and promptly turned around and went back!

…and promptly turned around and went back!

A pier in Seattle

A pier in Seattle

Unicorn. Nuff said.

Unicorn. Nuff said.

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