The Snoqualmie Valley Trail near Seattle, Washington

A Stroll Along Seattle’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail

The Long Walk Walking Seattle’s Snoqualmie Valley Trail   The Snoqualmie Valley Trail (map/information) is nothing short of gorgeous.  While other rail trails offer views of tree-draped mountain peaks from tall trestles King County’s Snoqualmie Valley trail offers 31 miles of quiet pathway in the shade of a magnificent forest of black cottonwood and red cedar trees. Day 1 – Carnation to North Bend Distance: 15 miles Wildlife: A beautiful garter snake sunbathing in a spot of[…]

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Fort Casey, Washington

Connecting the Trails – A walk through Seattle’s Suburban Neighborhoods

The Long Walk Connecting the Trails (A walk from Port Townsend to Carnation through Seattle’s suburban neighborhoods) When I planned my route through Washington State, there were sections of the walk that raised questions that seemed to have no answer. The logistics of connecting The Olympic Discovery Trail with The Snoqualmie Valley Trail was one of those sections. The biggest challenge in planning was finding lodging. Whidbey Island has good roads, but infrequent lodging – especially[…]

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Olympic Discovery trail

Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail (Part 2)

The Long Walk Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail (Part 2) The Olympic Discovery Trail runs along the coastal plain at the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula.  With The Strait de San Juan de Fuca to the north, and the Olympic Mountains range to the south, the trail passes through old-growth forests, new-growth recovery areas, and active tree farms.  These entries are mostly taken from my journal of my walk across the Olympic Peninsula.[…]

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The Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington State

Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail

The Long Walk Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail Day 1 – Rialto Beach to Mora Campground Distance: 2 miles Wildlife Seen: Two otters swimming in a dark pool right next to the road. Every journey begins somewhere and mine began at Rialto Beach on the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific Coast. After setting up camp at Mora Campground, my dad, my dog (Bonnie) and I walked the two miles to the beach in the waning hours of[…]

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Rialto Beach Washington

The Long Walk – A plan for a self-powered journey across the United States

The Long Walk A plan for a self-powered journey across The United States Beginning in July, 2017 my dog, Bonnie and I are beginning a self-powered trip across The United States.  The journey stretches from the Pacific Ocean as far east as our legs, and money will carry us. The rules are that when possible we will travel using our own power – by foot, bicycle, or boat. Washington Our journey begins at the pacific[…]

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Nanxun, China

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Nanxun

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Nanxun Time Out Shanghai lists Nanxun as their favorite water town – the least commercial and the most interesting.  So I caught a bus from Suzhou to Nanxun. During the Tang and Song Dynasties, Suzhou was at the heart of China’s Silk production.  By the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1368), Nanxun had taken over the production of the finest raw silk.  Silk made the town wealthy.[…]

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Suzhou, China

China: Water Towns of the Yangtze River Delta – Suzhou

China: Water Towns of The Yangtze River Delta Visitors go to the water towns of the Yangtze River Delta to get away from the bustle of the nearby cities of Hangzhou and Shanghai.  They come to absorb the beauty of the Classical Gardens and to bask in quiet of the tiny lanes along murky canals. The famous city of Suzhou and the towns of Tongli, Luzhi, Zhujiajiao, Xitang, Wuzhen, Nanxun, and Zhouzhuang each draw thousands of[…]

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