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Visiting My Daughter-Day 4…Trinidad State Beach

Our daughter loves the beach (and why wouldn’t she…being the wonderful Coast Guard wife that she is), and therefore, our vacation had to include a visit to nearby Trinidad State Beach.

Trinidad State Beach

Trinidad is another great area to visit over and over again. There are a couple of beaches to play on, tide pools to explore, a pier, a good restaurant to eat at (which we did), and trails to hike.

Trinidad State Beach

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I did not know that my camera settings were askew (that mischievous little demon), so I am again apologizing for the not-so-sharp photos. I hope they are enough to inspire you anyway!

Trinidad State Beach

My family chose to hike the trail along the bluffs as well as play on the beach. The foliage is lush along the bluffs!

Trinidad State Beach

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Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach
Trinidad State Beach

Explore! Stay healthy and stay safe!

Visiting My Daughter-Day Two…Patrick’s Point

While visiting our daughter, she took us to a fabulous park known as Patrick’s Point. I would go back again and again and again if I could! I found this to be a magical place!

Patrick's Point

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Patrick's Point

Patrick’s Point is 30 miles north of Eureka, California. It is a lush, 640 acre park that takes you to the jungle and to the seaside. There is so much to explore! The park has spectacular views and six miles of trails.

Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point

I took loads of photos…I couldn’t help myself…it is such a beautiful place!

Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point
Patrick's Point

Explore! Stay healthy and stay safe!

Mt. Rainier Vacation Day 3

This is my third and final post of my time at Mt. Rainier, and another picture heavy post.  For day one, click hereFor day two, click here.

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Reflection Lake and Narada Falls are two of those natural beauties that can be enjoyed by simply pulling into a turnout when taking a scenic drive, and stretching your legs a bit.

Mt. Rainier

On this day, the weather was wonderful, but there were clouds blocking the view of Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier

Nevertheless, the lake was serene and full of fall color.

Mt. Rainier

This guy was the main attraction for guests.

Mt. Rainier

Narada Falls is one gorgeous place!  

Mt. Rainier

If you take the time to hike the trail, you can watch the water fall 168 feet!

Mt. Rainier

Early morning at the lodge…the sun has not penetrated the woods yet, but sunrise on the mountain is very pretty!

Mt. Rainier

Hubby and I drove back to Reflection Lake.  The mountain was out!

Mt. Rainier

However, the sun hadn’t warmed up the lake yet.  You can see frost and ice!

Mt. Rainier

It is October after all.  The mornings and nights are cold, and the days are shorter.  But the days are filled with azure blue skies and autumn color!

Our last hike was on the Snow Lake Trail.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The sun was warming some areas of the trail.

Mt. Rainier

Other areas were still frosty from a chilly night.

Mt. Rainier

Once up on a ridge, we could see the mountain.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

After that refreshing early morning hike, we took our last look at Mt. Rainier and headed home.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Vacation Day 2

This is day two of my time at Mt. Rainier, and another picture heavy post.  For day one, click here.

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When driving through Mt. Rainier National Park, one can stop and enjoy many roadside natural beauty areas without having to hike any great distance.

Mt. Rainier

This waterfall is one of them.  I wish I could remember which waterfall this is, but there are quite a few.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

You can see how close to the road Hubby is.  So if your legs are tired of hiking, simply take a drive and occasionally stretch your legs at one of the beautiful turnouts.

Mt. Rainier

If you are up for a more challenging hike, there are lots to choose from.  Hubby and I decided on the Rampart Ridge Trail.  It is easily found from the lodge we stayed at…no driving to the trailhead.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

There is a lot of switchback hiking up to the ridge.

Mt. Rainier

The next photo doesn’t seem like much until one realizes just how high one has come. Way below is the lodge that we began our hiking from.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Once up on the ridge, the view opens up to reveal Mt. Rainier.

Mt. Rainier

Upon descending the loop trail, the terrain is wetter and the forest floor changes.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Many of the trees are majestic giants.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yours Truly enjoying her foray in the woods.

Mt. Rainier

 

Today is a Great Day for a Bike Ride!

“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” – H.G. Wells

Kettle Falls Campground

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” – 
Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

Kettle Falls Campground

Hubby and I took advantage of a beautiful day off and did some bike riding at the Kettle Falls marina and campground recreation area.

Lake Roosevelt is in an annual draw down due to spring melt.

Kettle Falls Campground

You can get an idea how deep the lake normally is from the above photo.

Click here for a bike ride post in the same area from a year ago.

And click here also for more photos and history of my part of the world.

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
John F. Kennedy