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Hurricane Ridge, Olympic NP

February 23rd, 2008 by


grouping

When I went up to Seattle in September of ’07 for Grant’s wedding, I took the opportunity to get in a little bit of hiking. Not, alas, as much as I would have liked, but there was definitely some outdoors I got to see which I enjoyed a great deal.

Anyway, on Sunday, September 23, 2007, Amittai, Zoz, and I headed on out to Olympic NP, via car and ferry, and headed on up to Hurricane Ridge. Zoz wasn’t able to stay the full time, but Amittai and I did a walk that my GPS tells me was 5.8 miles, but I think it’s lying. Oh, several hundred feet of gain, but nothing ridiculous. Anyway.

the walk

Alaska!

February 16th, 2008 by


valley
Look! It’s a glacial valley….purty.

My whole family went on a cruise to the southwest bit of Alaska from Aug 26 – Sep 2, 2007. We departed from and returned to Seattle, WA.
While I have to admit that a cruise wouldn’t have been my first choice of how to see Alaska for the first time, it was actually kind of cool. Though I did hear one person refer to it as a “tasting sampler” and I kind of have to agree. I want to have a chance to get back and explore the things I saw. And this was only the tiny little bit in the southeast, we didn’t even get to “mainland” Alaska at all!

In brief, there was gorgeous scenery, I won a couple hundred dollars at the slots in the casino, thus extending my “winning streak” to two occasions, I had a great massage, I ate too much food, my family totally cleaned up at trivia (I think I was the only one who was playing of all the teams who knew that the chemical symbol Ac came first alphabetically….anyway). and did I mention the scenery was fabulous and I need to go back?

Anyway, I digress. So let’s begin.

Beginning / Glacier Bay / Juneau, Icefield, Mendenhall Glacier / Sitka and Sitka NHP / Ketchikan / Victoria, Seattle, and home!