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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Snake River Canyon

Snapshots from the American West: Between Mountain Ranges

Snapshots from the American West Between Mountain Ranges – a Road Trip West of the Mountains The Cascade Mountains divide the states of Oregon and Washington in a way that no national boundary could. On the western side of the Cascade Mountains, one finds lush forests and large, verdant plots of farmland. The western side of the mountains is home to the the cities of Seattle, Olympia, and Portland. East of the Mountains On the[…]

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Salt Lake City, Utah

USA: Impressions of Salt Lake City, UT

Reflections on a Sojourn in Salt Lake City   As I drove northward, the landscape changed from the salmon pink cliffs of Green River to the a pale clay  landscape north of the San Raphael Swell to the deep green of forested mountains just south of Salt Lake City. Each landscape was complete, and each landscape gave way completely to the next leaving no trace of the colors that were in the colors that are.[…]

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