Washington

LeMay Collections at Marymount Car Museum, Tacoma

The collections here include about 1,500 cars plus trucks, motorcycles, and other forms of transportation. Additionally, there are some really lovely neon signs on display. And did I mention a sculpture garden? And an antique doll collection? And antique radios and telephones? And antique farm equipment? And…

LeMay Collections at Marymount Car Museum, Tacoma

Maryhill Museum of Art, April 2018

In the lonely high desert plains east of The Dalles, isolated on a ridge above the Columbia River, sits the Maryhill Museum of Art, with a delightful, eclectic collection…

Maryhill Museum of Art, April 2018

Museum of Glass, Tacoma

I visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, in June 2017. It not only has exhibits of gorgeous glass art, but it also has a very large glassblowing studio where you can watch world-class artists in residence...

Museum of Glass, Tacoma

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, June 2017

My home away from home whenever I find myself in Tacoma, Washington, on business seems to be the Hotel Murano; my June 2017 stay is the fifth or sixth time I've been there. It's a really nice place and right in the heart of Tacoma's great little downtown...

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, June 2017

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, June 2017

In Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington, sits a fabulous little glass building called the WW Seymour Botanical Conservatory. They pack the space to the gills with exotic plants of all shapes and sizes. These images are from a visit in June 2017...

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, June 2017

LeMay: America's Car Museum, Tacoma

Two of the most recognizable roofs in the entire Tacoma, Washington, area sit side by side right off the I-5 freeway: the massive concrete hemisphere of the Tacoma Dome (the world's largest wooden dome) and the shining silver semicylinder of the LeMay: America's Car Museum or ACM. I toured the ACM in June 2017 with Travel Tacoma. The beautiful space holds about 300 cars and trucks in 165,000 square feet...

LeMay: America's Car Museum, Tacoma

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

In June 2017 Travel Tacoma took me to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park outside of Eatonville, Washington. Northwest Trek is a different kind of zoo than I normally see, one that focuses on the Pacific Northwest and one where the animals have a good amount of room to roam, particularly in the 400+ acres of open area on the north side of the park...

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Coyote Wall, Washington, April 2016

Last April I went hiking with Meghan Sinnott and four-legged friends, Maddy and Journey, up Coyote Wall at the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. The outing offered a great chance to try out my newly purchased Velvet 56 lens from Portland's own Lens Baby; the lens can do some really fun "velvety" bokah tricks (particularly along the frame edges) and looks nice whether you're shooting landscapes, portraits, or macros...

Coyote Wall, Washington, April 2016

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.

Rainier Day 2: Sunrise, Washington

Rainier Day 2: Eunice Lake

Early in the morning of our second day on Mount Rainier (after the actual sunrise, but on our way to the area named Sunrise), we stopped for photos at Eunice Lake. It was a little too windy for good reflections, but still so lovely!

Rainier Day 2: Eunice Lake

Rainier Day 2: Enumclaw, Washington

Our "Instafam" tour wound its way off the mountain finally and stopped for a while in downtown Enumclaw, Washington, a fun little area of King county with chocolate shops, bookstores, bars, vintage shops, coffee shops, and more.

Rainier Day 2: Enumclaw, Washington

Rainier Day 1: Sunset Drive to Crystal Mountain

We ended a packed day of fun in the Mount Rainier National Forest by driving through incredible scenery to our hotel, the Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain. The room was pretty small, but I had my own bathroom, and hey, we closed the bar that night. One thing that is for certain: the location is spectacular. Plus, we were a short walk to a host of ski runs. I'd love to return in the wintertime. 

Rainier Day 1: Sunset Drive to Crystal Mountain

Rainier Day 1: Reflection Lake

Reflection Lake is nestled in the foothills below Mount Rainier. There was just enough wind when we visited to send ripples across the water and prevent reflections of the mountain. Oh well! It was still absolutely gorgeous. 

Rainier Day 1: Reflection Lake

Rainier Day 1: Hiking in Paradise

Near the end of Day 1 in the Mount Rainier National Park, we stopped at the satisfyingly appropriately named Paradise, Washington, for some hiking and then a picnic dinner. The views were beyond description! And the weather for us was perfection, as the fog burned off Rainier just as we started on the trail. When you visit the park, Paradise is a must-see!

Rainier Day 1: Hiking in Paradise

Rainier Day 1: Narada Falls

Up the road from Longmire and the Trail of Shadows is spectacular Narada waterfalls on the Paradise River. There are two sections of the falls, with the larger just under 170 feet long. Impressive! You can pull right off the highway to see it. Additionally you can hike down a short trail to the Inspiration Point viewing area near the base for a better view; it's a little steep but well worth it. 

Rainier Day 1: Narada Falls