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Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield

Hubby and I took a road trip and visited Steptoe Butte State Park. This 3,612-foot butte is a wonderful place to visit and view the surrounding Palouse (a major fertile agricultural area; the most important lentil growing region in the USA). The steptoes, or hills, are formed from lava flows.

Steptoe Butte

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte
Steptoe Butte

The butte is named after Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe.

Steptoe Butte

Steptoe Butte is a popular area for hang gliders, kite flying, paragliders, model airplane fliers and sight seers.

Steptoe Butte

From a photographer’s point of view, the best times to visit are sunrise and sunset, but the views are spectacular at any time of the day or season.

Steptoe Butte

Nearby, one can also visit Steptoe Battlefield…a sober reminder of the Battle of Pine Creek, where a conflict between  US Army forces under Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe and members of the Coeur d’Alene, Palouse and Spokane Native American tribes took place.

Steptoe Battlefield

The land did not look so pastoral then. It was not farmed; it was scrubland and native grasses.

Steptoe Battlefield

Because of the many hills, it was also a difficult land in which to fight battles.

Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield
Steptoe Battlefield

The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. -Jeff Miller

*I am in no way condoning any conflicts with anyone, only commemorating every veteran’s loss of life in the performance of his/her duty.

God bless the veterans!

Douglas Falls

Many of you know that I am taking a photography class.

Hubby and I took a drive to one of our favorite places, so that I could practice and catch up on homework.  We drove to nearby Douglas Falls Grange Park State Park.

My daughter, daughter-in-law, and niece are all beautiful girls interested in photography (and are becoming excellent photographers) and wanted to see what I was working on.

So this post is for them.

I was working on photographing water with different shutter speeds.  Here are the results:

Douglas Falls

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Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls

See the world around you!

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Mt. Rainier Vacation

I had a vacation from work, so Hubby and I packed up and visited the kids.  I got a much needed family fix!

We also went to one of our favorite places to spend a vacation…Mt. Rainier.  You can see a few photos from previous trips by clicking here and here.

This time, I am going to share a lot of photos, so this will be a picture heavy post.  In fact, the next couple of blog posts will be picture heavy.   My good camera bit the dust some time ago, and has never been replaced, but the pocket camera does a decent job.

There is no internet/cell service at Mt. Rainier, but visiting in October is well worth the disconnect from the rest of the world!

  • Clicking on a photo will give a larger view.

Mt. Rainier

In the past, Hubby and I have camped with a tent, but on this trip we stayed at the lodge in Longmire.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The mountain was out!  This is the view when standing in front of the lodge.  As you can see, the weather was great!

We drove up to Paradise and spent time hiking up there.  One can spend days at Paradise as there are several trails to choose from.

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yours Truly hiking at Paradise.

Mt. Rainier

Myrtle Falls

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

The weather is quite changeable.  A snowstorm breezed through on the mountain while we were hiking. 

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier

Yes, the mornings were quite cool, but the fall color and majesty of the park are well worth the visit!

Mima Mounds

Hubby and I had the opportunity to visit with our kids and grandkids for the Independence holiday.

We had a fantastic time!

Mima Mounds July 2018

One of my favorite things we did was to visit the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.  I found it to be a wonderful place when one is in need of  serenity and a gentle hike.

The Mima Mounds are a mystery.  There are many theories, but its formation remains unknown.

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

There are prairie flowers, lichen, butterflies and birds to enjoy.  Spring would be a great time to see wildflowers in bloom, but anytime is lovely for a peaceful stroll.

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

Mima Mounds July 2018

For more information, click here and here.

A Country Drive with Dad

Saturday, we had blue skies and sunshine.  Dad wanted to visit the ghost towns, so we packed up lunch, snacks and water and took a road trip.

Dad

I’ve posted about some of the ghost towns before, so I’ll give you wildflowers.  The hillsides were in full bloom this day and were lovely to behold.

Thistle

Thistle

Mullien

Aster

Indian Paintbrush

Fireweed

Clicking on the photos will not only give you a larger view, but also the name of the flowers.

Wagon Wheel

Homestead Gate

This fella was also out and about, enjoying the beautiful day!

Western Rattlesnake

To see posts on Old Molson Ghost Town, click here, here, here, here and here.

To see other ghost town posts, put ‘ghost town’ in the search bar on my blog.