Lake Quinualt and Ruby Beach

Every year or so we head out in the late winter/early spring to the Olympic Coast and often to Lake Quinalt Lodge to spend a long weekend. Usually in the rain, but we make it happen. Lake Quinalt Lodge is one of a kind and I have been staying there since the late 1990's when… Continue reading Lake Quinualt and Ruby Beach


Hall of Mosses

Tucked away on the Olympic Peninsula is the Hoh River Valley, far from most anything. It's a long drive whichever direction you choose to come from, and the end of the road is 18 miles from the highway. Over the years I have hiked the valley many times but it was a hike in the… Continue reading Hall of Mosses


Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach is one of my favorite beaches on the Olympic National Park coastal strip. It's ease in accessing (large parking lot, off the highway, well built trail to the beach) makes it a great place to spend an hour or a day at. The trail starts from the parking lot and is a mix… Continue reading Ruby Beach


Badger Valley Loop

The first time Ford and I hiked the Badger Valley Loop in Olympic National Park Ford was a small child, I think we did it in the late summer/early fall of 2002. The drive out to Obstruction Point is big reason some never do the hike. The drive up to Hurricane Ridge goes fast, but… Continue reading Badger Valley Loop

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Local Adventures: New Dungeness Lighthouse

This was my second trip the New Dungeness Lighthouse on the Dungeness Spit. Going all the way to the lighthouse is a commitment. You will be hiking a long time, and it's going to suck at some point, as all beach hikes do. You must plan for the tides and the weather. You don't want… Continue reading Local Adventures: New Dungeness Lighthouse