The decidedly unabridged title of "UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve", doesn't do justice to the incredible diversity to be found in this small pocket of land in the most northwestern region of the contiguous United States.

It's a microcosm...

August 30, 2016


Sprinting through the forest trail covered in thick mud, mumbling curses under my breathe, and casting quick glances to the west, checking to see that the light hadn't disappeared.  Time was running out.  
Finally, when the orange beam of sunset penetrated the th...

August 30, 2016

Seattle already has a motto:  "The City of Good Will".  How very lame.  I like mine better.  


With sharply sloped hills that roll across the city, it quickly reminded me of San Francisco (the lack of parking did as well).  It's hard to put an overall moo...

August 20, 2016

It seems like every country has their own version of the Alps.  

While living in Gangneung, the Korean Alps (Seoraksan) was only a short drive away.


Earlier this year I was fortunate enough see Japan's Alps (Kamikochi) on its opening day


And now I've been to the Ameri...

August 19, 2016

OK, the title on this one may be a bit much, but it makes some sense in the context of the forthcoming adventure story (well sorta).

While the hike into and up the Cutthroat basin wasn't especially difficult on paper, it somehow turned into a trek of the eternal "just a...

August 16, 2016

Every state has its stereotypes and its secrets.  When people think of California they usually think of tan surfers in LA or tech startups in the Bay, but not of the desert in the south, the lush redwoods of the north, or the central mountain ranges.  Similarly, when I...

Oregon's most populous city is well known for having the most breweries per capita of any city in the world (84 in the Portland Metro Area).  It also has the more dubious distinction of running the most strip clubs per capita as well.  In true Portland fashion, one not...

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