In February of 2016, I traveled through the central area of Washington state, with stops in Yelm, Olympia, Snoqualmie, Roslyn, Leavenworth, Kelso, Vader, and more. The images have not been edited.
Rainier Day 1: Elbe, Washington
Driving to Mount Rainier National Park, we stopped at former logging and railroad town, Elbe, Washington. The tiny town is full of old rail cars to commemorate the industries that built the area in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Rainier Day 2: Sunrise, Washington
After our stop at Eunice Lake, we traveled onward to Sunrise, Washington, which is the highest spot in the park you can drive to. From its lodge, hiking trails spider off in all directions for easy hikes that all offer truly breathtaking views of Mount Rainier and its surrounding foothills. Cascade beauty! As we drove up to the site, a thick layer of clouds sat around the mountain, but as we started hiking the cloud cover quickly burned off.
Drive Through Central Idaho, May 2016
While visiting a sick friend in Boise in May 2016, I had a free morning and decided to take a drive up into the mountains of central Idaho to visit the places of my childhood. It was a quick blast of nostalgia that was met with a rainstorm and then blizzard at the high altitudes...
North and Upper North Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
At the end of 2016, I took a quick trip to North and Upper North Falls in Oregon's Silver Falls State Park. In a state filled with incredible waterfalls, these two are among my very favorite. The park is near the fun little town of Silverton; if you find yourself in the area, please check out these falls, and the rest of Silver Falls State Park...