Category Archives: National Parks I have visited

Haleakala National Park

In 1975, at the start of my parents’ year-long trip around the world, they hiked through Haleakala National Park. Forty years later they brought their kids back with their spouses to enjoy the same experience. We started planning about six … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park – The Mountains

The third section of the national park we visited in August 2012 was the mountains at Hurricane Ridge. We first stopped at the visitor center to learn about the area before traveling 17 miles up the road. It was a … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park – Forests

The Olympic National Park has two types of forests amongst its many types of ecosystems. The first is the rainforest and the second is the lowland forest. We visited the Hoh Rainforest first in August 2012. From Highway 101 we … Continue reading

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Olympic National Park – The Coast

There are three distinct parts of Olympic National Park: the coast, the rainforest and the mountains. The first part that we visited in August 2012 was the coast. We flew into the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and drove directly to Forks on … Continue reading

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Redwood National Park

When I told people Blake and I were headed to the Redwood National Park as part of our vacation in 2011, the typical reaction was, “Ohh I’ve always wanted to see them!” And now, after having seen them, I insist … Continue reading

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Crater Lake National Park

The forecast for the next day said 30 percent chance of rain. Blake and I figured that a 30 percent chance wasn’t very high, so we set out to Crater Lake the next day. The weather was a bit overcast … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park

October 2008, Blake and I ventured out west to the Colorado Rockies to visit Rocky Mountain National Park. While we didn’t stay at a bed and breakfast while in Estes Park we did stay at a very nice place called … Continue reading

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