Sometimes I get to travel. These are the pictures I take. It's almost like I'm on a picture-taking expedition instead of a job-related project..
A few blocks it says.
Some people go sledding after it snows, I go to a zoo.
And apparently I'm about the only one who decided to come to the zoo.
Welcome to the zoo!
The Bronx river as you enter the park
Not what I think of when I think of The Bronx.
Where are the animals?
Apparently they went inside.
Where are the signs?
Covered in snow.
The zoo opened late and they were still clearing snow when I arrived.
This would probably be a big park to walk through in the summer.
Lots of snow
No tigers, though.
This represents the tropical area that tigers live, except today it's not all that tropical.
Since I live in Florida, you'll notice that I like pictures of snow.
Where are the pandas?
The Himalayan highlands of Tibet
Depicted more accurately.
In the winter.
The mountain pass to Asia is impassible
Path to Asia
Another path to Asia blocked.
A brave explorer fights both the jungle and the snow.
Taking a break
I think there are benches in the park, somewhere.
Everybody knows that zebras have stripes so that they blend with the snow. That's why we can't see any.
Contemplating the meaning of snow in front of apartment buildings right next to the zoo.
I was thinking there was less snow in Central Africa.
Where are the animals?
I think maybe there are no animals.
I think that's a bench. Kinda wet, though.
Through the valley
Through the great valley to see the Gorillas, which were also away on holiday.
Looking for animals
I think they are around somewhere.
It's an iciclopotamus!
Well known in Central Africa as looking like icicles.
I must be at a really high elevation near the equator here. Surprised I can breath.
On the way to the main eating area.
Not so many people here, but at least the gift shop was open.
For lunch today, I got a table-full of snow.
Near Patagonia, I would guess.
Older buildings in the zoo.
This part was the original part of the zoo.
Ice cream for sale
But not at this time - the ice, at least, is free.
I think people collect elephants, but I'm not completely sure about it.
Animals! The ducks were there!
Which were looking at the ducks. Although the plural form of the noun "human" may have been generous.
There were about 6 of these wandering through the park
Enjoying the cold
More ducks - maybe they are from the Congo.
Liked the snow, but not so much the people, or more precisely, me. They were waaayyyy over there.
He seemed happy!
Polar bear enjoying the weather.
He seemed pretty happy with the weather, too.
Although he was a long ways away
This particular species didn't make much noise.
I think that is because they work for the Navy.
These ducks are actually in an enclosure.
With the penguins!
They seem OK with the snow, too.
Outdoor cage with arctic birds
Enjoying the weather.
Birds on a rail
Looking at the penguins
Birds on a rail
Enjoying the snow.
See? Cats are dangerous animals that belong in a zoo.
Here are some birds you can save by enclosing your cat.
Although not in this country.
Somewhere in this enclosure is a box of Fruit Loops.
Another indoor animal
And snakes, most of which were in very dark cages.
This was a very large bug - almost a complete meal.
A smaller animal that was inside.
Not sure what it was
But I'm pretty sure it is related to elephants.
For some reason the giraffes were around - about 5 of them in this area.
Bye Bronx zoo!
A maze through gators on both sides
This day was pretty cold and most of them were in the sun.
These gators are pretty fat and happy.
This one was in several movies.
But not sure which is Pops...
Maybe they were all in several movies.
If you were wondering about a gator's color...
Another big one
Looks pretty serious to me.
I think there were at least 10 of these lake/ponds.
Which made the park scenic, even if it didn't have so many gators.
Central viewing tower
You can also see ugly Orange Blossom Trail from up there.
There were many, many birds here.
Through the trees
Probably looks nicer when there are flowers around.
Seeing the park
You can look at the whole park from this walkway.
Seeing the park
You can also go on the zip line. I chose not to spend the money for that.
Along with gators, there were many birds
Most of which were wild
And some of which were wild in another sense of the word.
Boat tailed grackle
These things like humans. Oddly they haven't found my birdfeeder yet.
The park had about 20 parrots.
Polly wants a cracker!
Including this one, which didn't speak but did make a lot of noise.
Vultures were everywhere.
Vultures circling overhead
Not sure why - was there inevitable death here?
Or maybe a lot of excess chicken from gators that were too cold to eat.
There were a few snakes, too.
And a small train I didn't ride.
And deer you could feed.
And crazy tourists you could photograph.
Virginia Museum of Transportation (with Roanoke)
Welcome to Virginia
Car room left
The car room had many, many expensive cars. This was the left side.
Car room right
This was the right side.
Soap box derby car
I always wanted to build one of these for $14K 1985 money. Never did, though.
Yeah, that's a quality car.
Yeah, that's a quality car, too. Especially like the color :)
Apparently there exists some crazy hobby where people buy little cars.
Turns out it is such a popular hobby that there are two brands!
This is an O-Guage set with three tracks. Waaaayyyy better then my Christmas set :)
Model Train close-up
I think they had at least 8 mini-cities like this. It wasn't as good as Chicago's musuem, but it was still pretty cool.
Don't forget the busses
They had a small exibit on busses, which are part of Virginia's transportation history.
They had a bunch of model ships. Those might have been U.S.S. Virginias.
Walk-through rail car
The main exhibit was their rail cars. This one was Norfolk-Southern's president's car.
No restaurant, but I suppose you could bring a picnic.
They had at least 10 restored steam engines you could walk around.
Covered train exhibit
A large part of the trains they had were still exposed to the elements. But Norfolk Southern had donated enough money to build this roof over the refurbished engines.
Outside - rotting trains
Unfortunately you can only restore so many trains at once.
Various box cars
They had a wide variety of cars to see.
You could walk between them, although there were not so many signs telling you what you were seeing.
It takes money to maintain vegetation, too. Money that the museum has trouble finding.
This is one of the cars that moved boats in the Panama Canal.
Inside of a steam engine.
Hopefully they'll leave this rusting steam engine open so you can see how they work :)
This caboose was in the process of being restored.
Also under the roof was this sno-cat, which travelled to FAA towers in the blue ridge mountains. It is a Virginia Transportation piece, after all.
Old School Bus
Don't recall the year, but this restored bus was also under the roof.
Single person manual rail car
One person moved this rail. I thought this was cool because we have a restored version of this in a Winter Garden museum.
Coal was/is a bit important to Virginia's economy.
Roanoke Zoo mini-train
Near the Roanoke Star there is a small zoo. This train for children was replaced by another.
Buggy without horse
The type of thing Jefferson rode 70 miles from Monticello to DC in (over 3 days)
These things designed to take all of one's belongings out west aren't nearly as big as one thinks they are.
An exhibit to allow either 1) youngsters to pretend to drive a train, or 2) older folks to pretend to be a PE.
Well, it's not every day that one sees a rock!
It's big, it's bright, and it's on top of a big, windy hill.
There's the landmark sign to tell you all about it.
View from the star.
Another view from the star.
The tourist platform next to the star.
A star next to the Star.
Shandandoah National Park
Hello, Shanadoah National Park!
I was here the second week of December. Not too many other people were here.
Typical road scene
In the summertime there would be more RV's then you could shake a stick at.
There were several tunnels - not so many cars, though.
Late in the season
Everything was also closed in anticipation of snow.
Coldest point, too.
So we are to watch our children heave themselves over cliffs?
This may be one of those cliffs you can watch your children fall off.
Icicles - Yeah, it was cold.
No, it's not just Photoshop making the pictures blue - it was like 20 F or something.
Even the rocks were shivering.
This is one of the old houses up here - now it is a utility closet for the Park Service.
I believe this was looking east.
Mountains make me happy :)
Looking off towards the west
There were lots of live trees, but this cream deadwood added color to the brown of the grass.
Look, more rocks!
Not so much green this time of year - but there was this pine tree.
Everything is brown in the winter - even the flowers.
A tree through a tree
I think there is symbolism here.
If you like brown leaves, this is definately your place.
It meanders through the park.
Appalachian Trail Sign
In the event there is 3 feet of snow to walk through, look for this symbol.
Last time I was on this trail I was further south but in about 2 ft of snow.
I am happy because I found the symbol. And there are not 3 ft snow drifts and I do not have to fry my boots to put them on.
Protect your forests
Forests like these need protection and funding - don't forget your forest :)
Bye-bye, Shanandoah National Park!
Welcome to Legoland! Despite the kids climbing on those, the letters are made out of Legos.
Looking towards the north - you can see mini lego buildings if you look close enough.
South - the parking lot was between 5-10% full.
Towards the west is a lake.
Not so much room left for expansion.
Apparently this is a red dinosaur.
Looks like a dragon
They throw water at each other.
If it's not a structure or a plant, it's probably made out of Legos.
Signs are made of Legos.
The people are made out of Legos.
Darth Vader is less scary when he is made out of Legos.
R2 took some time off from his Rebel duties to pose for photos.
Legos at the Loo
Even Einstein was made out of Legos.
Here they are shooting ducks at each other.
The park has many creative lego things all over.
Oddly my sister did not stop to read it.
I did not know Legos were necessary in the Afterlife, but now I will remember to pack some in my tomb.
This ride was one where you shot things, and when you hit them the Legos would dance around.
Glow in the dark Legos
The story had something to do with saving treasure or something.
Watch out for bad-Lego-man!
I took pictures and still beat my sister.
There were Lego animals all over - many at this ride.
The ride's car
This ride went a bit too fast and only allowed one adult per car.
Squirts us (but doesn't hit you in January, at least).
From the other side.
Rocks with eyes
I think those rocks have eyes or something.
The Lion King, who is really a bit further down the street.
These were some of the Lego animals outside of the ride.
Inside of a gardening store.
There's rabbits in there, too.
at the waterfall.
That one looks like a dinosaur.
Lego driving school
For kids only - at the end you get a license. Some poor kid got stuck at that light for most of the duration. Another ran the stop sign to wave at his parents.
Life size, but I was unable to open the hood.
The Lego mini-cities represented a bunch of places
Florida had a lot - this was Miami.
They also had the Bok Tower, which is about 45 minutes SE of the park, and doesn't look so interesting..
And Key West
Details were somewhat surprising. There is a guy on the front porch in the back house chasing cats.
The oldest city in Legoland, or rather USA.
complete with a Lego shark and Lego corals growing on the boat.
The cars weren't working when I got there, and I didn't notice anybody puking in the Infield.
They actually devoted quite a bit of space to Kennedy Space Center - they had the VAB and Rocket Garden, too. And every 10 minutes the shuttle "Blasted off" - although not so impressively.
Not a part of Florida.
Building a ship
for the pirates.
This represents the 900 seals that show up in San Francisco.
Grand opening of some movie.
The Lincoln and World War II Memorials.
Oddly, those figurines in front didn't work. I thought everything worked well in the Capital.
The White House
Complete with the President and his family - including his dog in a Santa hat - at the front door.
New York City
The Empire State Building is 22 ft tall.
Central Park Zoo
With seals and polar bears.
The pigeons are made with 6 pieces - apparently the smallest figurines out there.
Kind of amazing the detail they put in these things.
Guy on the can.
This was in Grand Central Station. My sister didn't see this guy.
The Venetian. They also had Paris, the Needle thing, Excalibur, MGM Grand
The desert next to Vegas
Complete with Sand Men (like snow men but brown).
Didn't quite make it to the water.
Bride in a Limo.
This had elephants and a dolphin show.
Not on the strip, but all over the place in the rest of the town, I guess.
The original park was just Cypress Gardens.
But that park failed. Perhaps the Lego brand will bring in enough visitors.
The State of Florida bought Cypress Gardens when it failed.
And I believe that part of the sale agreement was that part of the Cypress Gardens would stay intact.
This tree has been there a while.
Tall palm trees
Those palms look to be about 40 ft tall - but maybe they're only 30.
This part of the park is really nice, but not so large.
Actually the park itself is not so large - we saw all of it in less then 6 hours.
Not so many flowers in winter, but still a lot of color.
We saw the back side of the water show.
the park is up against the lake.
And a new Lego Lady.
They had not yet taken down the Christmas stuff.
Encouraging you to buy more stuff at the Lego store.
Welcome to the Everglades!
Obligatory sign picture.
A bit unconventional, bit it gets there without scratching the paint.
Kinda busy this time of year
Nice boat launch at high tide - kinda muddy at low tide
Leaving the Ranger Station
The boat launch is right next to the airport where they have many tourist flights going out.
Birds standing on water
Turns out that thing marked "shoal" on my map is not a place to paddle your canoe.
I think I had only paddled 10 minutes before I saw dolphins.
Edge of Everglades
The ranger station was not actually in the Everglades.
Last view of Ranger Station
The Bay is a little less then a mile wide.
This might be one of them.
Tide was against me here, and I think I was passed by about 10 of these boats.
Whichever way it was going, it made big waves.
Getting sunburned as I head out.
But in the distance
Kinda choppy that night
Arriving at the beach
It was sunset when I got to the first beach - Jewel Key.
First night's dock was the beach.
A few less people then Key Largo.
This was the only place I saw racoons.
I saw four of them out there.
I had to drag my canoe waaayyyy out at low tide.
This was before I started paddling, though.
A little choppy
Seas were 2 ft, which is a lot for a 14-ft canoe.
My camera broke so I had to go in to Naples. This is going back out from Ranger Station on Day 4.
Guarding the city of Chokoloskee
This city is on the largest of the islands - population around 400.
General Store on the bay
My sister says there is not much in there. I did not enter to determine if that was accurate.
This was the largest house on the island.
It's called 10,000 Islands because, well, here are 3.
Lopez River Campground
Here I met the Virginia couple and the North Carolina Party
Sun gets lower
That was the rented canoe of the Virginia couple.
Over the Lopez River
Crooked Creek Chickee
This was where I had stayed when I realized my other camera was not functioning.
This waterway goes from Everglades City to Flamingo - about 99 miles.
The brown signs mark the way.
3 more islands
This was a private house in the middle of the Everglades.
A robust species that used to live in Brazil, and is now taking over our state.
A good many people were murdered here in the 30's.
Used to be a sugarcane plantation here. Now Beggar's Tick grows.
Beggar's tick is a good source of pollen - there were at least 6 species of butterflies here and many, many bees.
New Jersey Tea
With a Gulf Frutillary
Great Southern White
This was the most numerous
There was also a Queen, Zebra Longwing, and Dainty Sulphur
Mosquito breeding zone
Cistern for the former plantation now breeds mosquitos
Apparently Mr. Watson ran some machinery with this Ford
Deep in the mangrove
Apparently there are many varieties of tree snails in the Everglades and they are considered endangered.
A nice place to hide from mosquitos
Soon to be big fish.
A good place to hide if you're a fish.
A behind the other trees.
Sunset from Watson
In between mosquitos
Canoes - thus the tide - pointing the wrong way
But my best picture of a great blue heron as they are rather skittish.
Two more islands
With a tree bridge for the ants.
A really small island..
It would be hard to fit a condo on that one.
Back into the ocean
On my way to Pavillion Key.
A little hard to tell where the ocean stops and the sky begins.
There weren't so many birds in the park as you would think.
They all gather in one spot.
More white pelicans
Very calm water this day.
More calm water
more calm water.
School of fish
Underwater pictures only half-worked.
The Porta-Potties tell you it's a designated camp-site.
But you can camp anywhere that there was no vegetation.
So the island holds many more people then were there.
Coral or sponge.
I'm not one to know the difference.
A different coral
Some people find these interesting.
Turtle grass to some.
Another spongy coral
Or it could be a coral sponge.
Red coral sponge
Pretty sure it's not a Manatee, though!
My view for New Year's.
On a private beach.
On the beach
I chose the northern corner of the island
with water on three sides.
Far side of the island
The island was perhaps 1/2 mile long and a few hundred feet wide.
Pavillion Key beach
In the water
Me in the water.
On southern side of island
About 40 ft of the southern-facing side of the island had dead trees
Last major storm I remember through here was Wilma.
Not generally what I think of when I think "Everglades".
The uncamped side.
Pavillion Key Beach
The sun sets.
The North Carolina Party
Set up their camp.
These guys had a power boat and left shortly after this picture.
I stayed up with the North Carolina group until midnight.
Happy New Years!
A New Year begins.
in the morning
A niceley framed island
Sea World Orlando - 12-21-11
Welcome to Sea World!
Near the entrance
Sea World now has three roller coasters and a flume ride. I didn't go on any, but this is the one they call "Manta".
Turns out these birds are about 5 feet tall.
This is one of the acrylic viewing areas Sea World has.
The Sea World Dolphin Show was a bit surprising
As it contained more tricks by people then dolphins
People were diving, flying through the air, and of course riding dolphins.
Well, these were the fake ones.
These were the real ones. I always like penguins for some reason.
Sea lion feeding area
Here you could feed the sea lions.
And the shyer seals.
This one was aggressive.
The birds have learned that they can intercept the fish before it reaches the sea lion.
This is the line to feed the dolphins.
Here you can feed and touch the sting rays.
Dolphin interaction area
If you pay extra you can have a personal dolphin do tricks for you.
Or you can feed them.
My cousin Frank makes a new friend.
The sign says they have the most venemous creatures in the world here.
They also have a tube you go under where the sharks are all around you.
I think the biggest was about 5 ft.
There was quite the line for the $5/20 minute paddle boat trip.
They had two little monkeys where they used to have the big horses.
Teaching the primate to text.
Big eyed monkey
From Brazil somewhere - the only nocturnal monkey.
The polar bear was not so active at this hour.
I see a bunch of red trees.
Sea World formerly had more of these types of gardens, but they have been replaced mostly with stores.
The killer whale show.
Nobody went in the tank during this particular show.
Shamu upside down
That's quite a lot of weight to be airborn like that.
This is the closest the trainers got to the fish.
Shamu throws water on the tourists
I find it humorous all the people that jumped up and ran. They were warned...
At night they lit the park with Christmas lights and trees.
Sea World stores
Nothing like more stores.
Bye Sea World!
Hard Rock Live
Hard Rock Live is in City Walk, in the event you wish to buy an overpriced hamburger.
Universal has two sides; this one is the side we didn't go in.
Before you get to Universal, there is City Walk, which has a bunch of restaurants, clubs, and a 24-screen movie theater.
Islands of Adventure
This is the other side of Universal (the one with Harry Potter) that we went into.
Dr. Suess Land!
I'm pretty sure there are green eggs and ham in there, but I didn't eat any.
Unfortunately you can not get on board.
The backside of the Hogsmeade
See - we have snow in Florida!
Waiting in line
While in line for the Harry Potter flying broomstick thing, they send you through Hogswart's Arboritum.
Inside the castle
There are a bunch of talking paintings in here, too - but the story is that you are chasing those guys up there.
I think this was actually in the Three Broomsticks
Most of the park is not so crowded, but for some reason the too-small Harry Potter area is stuffed with people.
The car is about to be eaten!
This dinosaur is in the restaurant which is modelled after the movie.
Jurrasic Park - the water ride!
This is a big flume ride where you ride through Jurrasic Park - complete with dinosaurs!
Jurassic Park - flume ride
Here they have animatronic dinosaurs.
And apparently animatronic geysers. Mmm... Geology.
Those of you who have seen the movie may recognize this as the velociraptor cage.
Toon Lagoon entrance
Among the toons at Toon Lagoon are Popeye and Bullwinkle.
Flume ride in Toon Lagoon
This would be the Bullwinkle ride.
Bullwinkle Flume Ride
This would be the log ride. It's kinda fun with a story of the lady getting tied on the tracks.
About to get wet :)
The two of us
Hold the camera out there and hope for the best
Flume ride in Toon Lagoon
Some of the more colorful graphics.
Drop on flume
We all gonna die!
After Popeye's ride I was a bit wet. And cold, given that this was January.
The Incredible Hulk
I didn't ride that one as even though I was wearing wool and probably polypropylene, I was still freezing my *ss off.
Dr. Suess Land
Instead we rode this trolley thing which went pretty slow.
Not sure who this is, but he sure seems happy to see me!
Come to think of it, it was probably between Thanksgiving and Christmas, which generally means an empty park.
This guy was outside of a restaurant. He might actually be Atlas, and apparently he is shrugging.
That's a spicy meatball!
I believe I know some people that might take that sign literally.
Entrance to the Atlantis show, which was waaayyyy better then I anticipated.
Exit to Atlantis
The Atlantis show had a lot of water, rocks moving, crazy flashing lights, and you walked through a tunnel of water. Pretty cool except for the crazy wait.
Gate to Hogsmeade
A gate into Harry Potter's world!
Entrance to the Three Broomsticks
Some kind of fancy-dancy restaurant. Actually we met a Universal Waitress (not on duty) in there that explained many things to us.
Hogsmeade at night
This was the last place we stopped.
A dark Olivander's
Here there is a show wherein a wand chooses a tourist.
Olivander is choosing a wand
And here are the tourists unto whom the wand has chosen.
Property is transferred
My Realtor Martina, my sister, and myself at the close
The front of the house
Arrival at the house after the close
Front from the left
I put a bird feeder on that Red Maple - a bat house will go up at some point.
There's actually three rose bushes there if you look close enough.
Back of the house
Most of my back yard
Back of the house
Utility easement on the right, a small 400 square ft house (currently a shed) on the left.
There are plumbing holes and a breaker box in there, but fixing it is pretty far down the list.
East side hole
They put an air conditioner in there at one point - currently it is a nice place for water to enter
Hard to see the yellow gunk encrusted on those doors.
Living room wall
Bad mud job on the far side, lots of nails in between.
Maybe these floors needed glue? Whatever there's water damage all over them.
That drain leaks pretty bad underneath. The hole in the wall was them trying to fix it.
Not sure what I'll be doing with that vanity, but the mirror was rusted and will be replaced.
The Green Room
That light fixture was around 40 pounds. Not sure what was done in here.
And not-so-pretty curtains
A dead lizard - or at least a stained baseboard shows the way to water damage.
Preparing to paint the house
Christine's room after patching.
The living room prepped.
Sai assists with the demolition phase (getting rid of carpet tacks)
Green room painting
My father gets artistic after painting the ceiling
The main bathroom
The plumber takes out the old tub.
They actually hauled that tub for recycling.
My father didn't want to see it go.
Apparently you just rotate the tub out of there to get rid of it.
Had to take out those 2x4's to put in the new one, though.
Killing everything on the floor with bleach.
Scrubbing the floor.
If it was alive, it isn't now.
Christine's room - subfloor
Christine's subfloor is ready.
Those 9-inch vinyl tiles may stick to the floor OK but they're still letting vapor through.
The floor I had needed a vapor barrier and a pad.
That's the wood
around 650 square feet.
Doing the floor
Let's get this party started!
Laying the boards
This was a mostly glue-less floor. It needed glue on the outside edges though.
My parents painted the insides while I did the floors.
Dad in the kitchen
Dad works the difficult kitchen.
Oh yeah -
Gotta like power tools.
Well, with most of the floors, anyway.
Ready for stuff
Floors are in and most of the paint is down.
Living room pre-stuff.
Before the couches, there was a floor.
Sooner or later I need to replace those closet doors, too.
Still needs the trim - I'm getting there.
Used a 26' moving truck.
Emptying the truck.
Bill D starts the process.
With a liftgate
Not sure if that slows you down or speeds you up.
He really liked the apartment.
Not partucularly pleased to be moving.
Tiling the bathroom.
I start on the bathroom wall.
Gotta be level.
That level is in a lot of my pictures.
Back wall complete.
Broken toilet flange
Original cast iron toilet flange broken in several spots. Somebody in the past had tried to fix the leak with caulk. Never caulk the base of a toilet (at least if you are going to clean it up later).
The toilet flange the way it is supposed to look. There is a rubber seal to connect to the original galvanized pipe below.
Ended up painting the ceiling here.
And the walls...
Those two bars took me 10 hours to install.
Looks a bit better then the old one.
Those faucets are hella expensive :(
The light's been changed, too.
Not so green anymore! Since this picture blinds were added and the desk was changed.
Kitchen is done (for a while).
Added an outlet in the front closet and put the wireless network in it.
Now we can store Christmas stuff up there.
This guy was in a tree in the back yard. Tasty!
Or at least he will be - caterpillar on the Maypop - Passiflora incarnata
Either a Monarch or a Queen butterfly on the Scarlet Milkweeds - this guy fluttered around my yard all day - at least the butterfly plants are successful :)
Blue and yellow
Fixed air conditioner hole
Those glass bricks required more masonry work.
Formerly this was boarded up. Now it lets in a bit more light.
Hole in the wall
Now a window.
Working the other hole in the wall.
They didn't center this hole properly... I guess I'll work that problem when I get there.
Added LED outdoor light and a new number here...
Small house windows
Formerly holes, now windows, on the small house.
Replaced stove hood
In an unusual test of physics, turns out that air flows out of the building better when it is not blocked by a steel plate.
We finally got a Monarch caterpillar. In December.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History - Pittsburgh
Welcome to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
These two museums are combined in the same building.
Natural History entrance
Seeing as I'm a geologist, guess I'll start with the Natural History.
Currently known as "cheap but dirty energy".
With a watch?
Sometimes I believe that I am.
Gators are even in Pennsylvanian Pennsylvania!
Gators have been feared since before the Triassic!
They recovered those rocks 80 years ago and they are just now opening them.
Oooh - rocks!
See the Arizona pictures to see the big hole this came out of.
1) This rock collection is not at the bottom of a fish tank and 2) it's bigger then mine.
My collection also lacks gold and platinum nuggets.
Carnegie was into dinosaurs, and this is one of the largest collections of dinosaurs in the world.
Posing by my kill.
This one wanted to steal my kill, but I fought him off, too!
Exact replicas of those bones are in several musuems world-wide, including Washington, London and St. Petersburg.
The less interesting cenozoic had things like mastadon bones.
This area had stuffed animals - life sized though.
That's a dried up water hole in the middle of the savannah.
This was a hands-on section - you could touch everything in here. Dead owls are surprisingly soft.
Not such an impressive bug collection - but then most people don't like bugs.
And even less fungi, which make life possible.
Out of space
The birds got stuck in a third-floor hall way.
They had two mummies in there.
This is what pottery looks like when they dig it up.
And my understanding is they find it just like that - sitting there all nice and clean, in an air-conditioned display case.
This was the Inuit side of the American Indian exhibit.
On to the art museum!
Hmmm... That looks familiar.
They had art from Ancient Greece, Rome and Africa in this room.
And a Roman sarcophagus. Not sure what anyone would want with that.
Carnegie had this idea that he should copy the world's great art so that people wouldn't have to travel to visit it.
This is a copy of Notre Dame in France.
These are copies of Greek statues. See? Now you don't have to go.
There were about 6 displays with miniatures.
Small dining room.
Believe it or not those chairs are less then 2 inches tall.
The glass kept out a scale device, but you could fit perhaps three dimes under that chair.
Turns out that Tiffany started with a patent for staining glass.
This was painted after he died, and there are more then 60 of the same painting in existence.
They had regular art, too.
I believe the lesson here is that if you have wall space, you can afford more art.
They have art by famous artists, such as this by Edvard Munch, made famous by his work "The Scream".
Vincent van Goph
Vincent van Goph
That big green one is a Matisse
World War II
And then they had good stuff by quality newer artists - this one depicts World War II. Kinda sad.
A bit more modern
Then they had more modern stuff, like this table.
And Love, along with a chair made out of rubber.
And then this? - a white square? "Minimalist" they call it.
And then there was this - a drain on the side of the right wall. Huh? And those two buckets on the floor are a seperate work. "Poor man and too much beer", I believe they should call it.
That TV is art - the video plays a scene from Wonder Woman over and over and over and over and over again. Hmmm.
More modern art
Each of these TV's is of course art - they play pictures of a woman doing something. I think in one she repetitively stabs herself with a knife. Hmmm...
Two concrete blocks and a slide projector in a dark room. Uhhhh.... OK....
Not to mention this lovely sitting chair that you can fly on.
But if that chair wasn't good enough for you, they do have a better selection.
Not so many cars in the New York side.
Look, it's Niagara Falls! Actually this is oil on canvas, Godfrey Fankenstein "Niagara Falls from Goat Island" (1848) - as displayed in the Carnegie Musuem of Art.
If you guessed this was the American side, you might be right.
Some say the American side is ugly, but we do have nice flowers.
This is the main viewing area on the New York side.
Hence the term "viewing".
Of course, usually I take this picture from the base of the waterfall.
Maid of the Mists
Those people must be very patriotic seeing as they are all dressed in blue!
New York trail.
If you notice there is more development on the Canadian Side, you might be right about that, too.
Not such a good place to swim.
There are rapids for several miles up the falls - these are the ones above Horseshoe Falls.
Ummm. Yeah. Don't climb over that railing. On second thought, Darwin requests that you do. Thank you.
More New York flowers.
I heart N.Y.
Those two structures are absent from the 1848 oil on canvas.
That is apparently the top of "Bridal Falls", and the island is called "Luna Island" from which you can view the American Falls.
The American Falls from Luna Island.
The sign should read "violators will be prosecuted with a 400-ft plunge into sharp rocks".
These are the rapids above the American Falls.
Me at the American Falls
Getting ready to take the plunge. Yeah - not really - turns out there are rocks down there.
American Falls view.
Walkway to Canada
The State Park extends south a ways - I walked along this path to the Peace Bridge.
Walking to a foreign country.
Apparently Canada is bigoted against bicycles.
Entrance to Canada.
Once you go in, you can't get back out without a passport.
I suppose that if you're not afraid of heights you could live here in limbo for a while.
On this bridge the line to get into Canada is much longer then the line to get into USA.
I think my thumb has illegally entered Canada.
The first view of the Canadian side is a rather impressive one.
Niagara Falls, New York
The New York side is much less developed then the Ontario side, but still has a few hotels.
Pathway to the falls - Canadian Side.
The Canadian side has this view pretty much to Table Rock - which is the top of the Horseshoe Falls.
Ugly old bridge
Turns out the ugly metal thing that got in the way of many of my pictures is a historic landmark.
I guess they cleared out the vendors here - nothing but a nice view over a cliff.
Surrounded by trees
The American Falls - through one of a few trees on the Canadian path.
The Horseshe Falls.
Pretty sure this is the same tree, because there weren't that many.
Look - a human tree!
The Canadian side has a few more hotels, the Embassy Suites is the tallest in this photo.
Th Canadian view is slightly more direct then the American one.
Our flowers are prettier then your flowers! pttthhbbbbttt!
The sun was changing angles through the falls, creating a bit of a rainbow.
There were a few historic landmarks, which didn't tell me all that much about what it cost to get into that high needle-thing.
Our flowers don't grow cars! Thhhhbbbdt!
They don't grow casinos, either, although maybe that would help our economy.
Looking back at the Peace Bridge.
Pretty sure this photo exists in many thumb drives around the world.
Anyone else need a restroom?
There were many, many more people in Canada then in USA. I would almost call this crowded.
The path on one side is the falls and on the other a 200-foot wide park with grass and some flowers.
It was getting late and the sun was making nice colors in the mist.
This road goes along the path.
I didn't notice the moon until it got that high. Bummer.
Still kinda pretty though.
Is it me or are you sleepy?
Falls at night
At night they light up the falls.
In all kinds of colors - yellow, green, red.
Apparently they have fireworks most weekend nights, too.
Unfortunately I had a four-hour drive and had to wake up at 0500, so I missed 'em.
Not to be outdone, the New York Side lights up the rapids behind the falls.
Here we are!
Welcome to North Carolina
Bristol Motor Speedway
And one Tennessee picture. Not sure why they have so many parking spaces. Who would want to watch cars going in circles?
Rocks are much more interesting.
But we are here, after all, to work.
On the railroad tracks.
But inside tunnels.
This is how much stalactites grow in exactly 97 years.
Lots of tunnels
The locations of the tunnels through North Carolina
The North Carolina Mineral Museum!
Wow - now the government can see your dreams!
An exhibit about the local mining activities
Blue Ridge Parkway
On to the famous Blue Ridge Parkway
The road runs across the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There are places about every 3 miles to pull out and look at the blue mountains.
I suppose after 300 miles of this (it goes to Virginia) it might get old.
Through the trees
Unless you are silly and like mountains a lot.
That looks like a good one to climb!
The State Park is about 14 miles by 5 miles around this mountain.
This would be a scenic view from the top if that human wasn't in the way.
Tallest mountain in the east.
It was July 5, and there was a line to take this picture.
I may not have the best pictures up here, but somebody must.
Ahhh - there's the view.
There was a short trail around here, too.
Not so many views but many plants.
Turns out I'm allergic to pine pollen.
They say acid rain killed these trees.
What's a good trip without a waterfall trail?
Me with waterfall
The obligatory waterfall picture
Waterfall and trees
Two mile round trip to see this one.
Without the human for those of you that prefer it that way.
This trail was a bit steeper and some... Less fit... tourists were having trouble with it.
One expects churches in the deep South.
But gemming? You mean people pay to sift through mud?
If you're in Asheville, you have to see the Biltmore.
60 dollars to ride a bus? Stupid inflation.
Yes - one family lived there - 125,000 square feet. And I'm currently looking for just 1200.
At the Biltmore
Thomas wuz here.
Well, there is the 125,000 square foot home. But did we mention the 125,000 acres it first came with?
That's 195 square miles
Or roughly 1/3 the size of London.
Should mention the hand-carved statues that came with it, eh?
And the gardens.
The estate is so expensive that they sold most of the acreage.
And charge $60 per person just to pay for the maintenance.
There is also a winery here.
And a hotel - which is slightly larger then this guest house.
And a horse farm.
This is the front of the house as we wait to get in.
Not so welcome
Unfortunately no pictures are allowed from inside, so you'll have to Google Biltmore Estate to see the inside.
I was able to take this picture from the side balcony, though.
I think Hagrid lives here.
Originally the stable and male servant's quarters - this is now an eatery next to the house.
This is a wall that faces the house.
The flowered gardens only covered a few acres.
Including the greenhouses where Professor Plum was killed with the candlestick.
Not sure if that red celerly grows in Florida, but I aim to find out!
Inside the greenhouse
Dense tropical foliage.
Looking towards the Conservatory
Everyone likes purple flowers.
Even this bee!
Flowers in the mountains
Rest of gardens
The rest of the gardens are merely landscaped well.
The estate now only includes a paltry 8,000 acres.
I found this bench off-trail.
The 8,000 acres includes a river, a stream, and two lakes.
And associated bridges
Turns out railroads can be quite profitable!
This is the pond closest to the house.
Nice place to relax after a hard day of blowing your grandfather's fortune.
One of the younger Vanderbilts liked to take pictures of these things.
Plenty to photograph.
The water actually flows below the engineered lake in order to reduce sediment loading.
Makes for a private waterfall.
The big Saguaros greet you at the airport, and they even line the streets with them.
Air Force One. No - not really - this is just for important dignitaries like me. We all know Obama gets a 747.
Pima Air and Space Musuem
This is the Pima Air and Space musuem. It is across from the Air Force boneyard and about 3 miles from the public airport.
Air Force One
They have lots of airplanes on display inside and out. This actually was Air Force One - Kennedy flew in it.
They have little planes, too.
And faster planes. I think this one is an F-14
Roger, roger. What's your vector, victor?
This is an old cockpit. You could push things but you didn't go anywhere.
They had 4 warehouses for the nicer planes
Including this - the smallest jet that once flew in the Jame Bond Film Octopussy. Unfortunately it only goes 350 miles per hour and is homebuilt/experimental.
And this - the smallest working airplane ever built. It is about as big as me.
SR 71 Blackbird
And this - the fastest/highest jet every built. Somewhere around Mach 3.2 and 71,000 feet I think.
Me with SR 71
I'm about to get in.
SR 71 engine
That's a life-size replica of the engine.
This was one of the first heavy bombers in World War II
This airplane was a high-altitude freighter during the war. It was made famous by its ability to transverse the Himalayan mountains to supply China and India.
This was the largest bomber in World War II. This is the type of aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb.
Sure - I'll fly that one, too.
They had a World-War II era jeep in the hanger with the B-24.
B-17 Flying fortress
This is another WW-II era aircraft. Had a whole bunch of machine guns on it, and rather uncomfortable seats.
There were a few missiles in there - this one was ground-to-air, I believe. The one next to it was a guided bomb from WW II.
Outside the planes were not in such great condition.
Heavy lift helicopter
This is from the army - I believe it can lift 20,000 pounds.
The military version of a DC-3. I hear they make good planes to jump out of.
Getting ready to jump.
The nice thing about these planes is that you can get right next to them.
Not sure what this one is but it is more my size.
They had at least 4 of these things.
At least I think it's a hornet.
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
The world's largest airplane graveyard is here. Unfortunately the publci can only visit Monday-Friday. Still, you can drive by it, or see it on Google Earth.
They have rocks in Arizona, too! We don't have so many in Florida, see.
This mining town is on the way to Mexico. I didn't get into the Queen mine, which is a touristy sort of mine you can go down.
Turns out Bisbee is a touristy place.
This is the view of the Lavender Pit - a former open-pit copper mine on the side of Route 80.
This is right before the bungee jump. Oh wait - there was no bungee jump.
Douglas is this sign and a Wal-Mart. Oh yeah - and a Best Western and a Motel 8.
That's Mexico to the left. That fence is about 8 ft high and not so difficult to climb over. This is about 1 mile from the guarded border crossing.
This is the entrance to Agua Prieta.
And that's the exit. Yup, Agua Prieta was that exciting.
Not sure why they named the city after a pizza, though.
Hey Mister - can I have your watch when you are dead?
Five dudes were shot here - One died here, two others stumbled a bit before they died, and the other two lived to tell the tale.
Cochise Court House
The historical courthouse in Tombstone
Well, see, there isn't so much to see in this town.
There was a nice Jewish Memorial, though.
Where nice people that had been shot or hung were buried.
Including these lovely Jewish? people shot outside the OK Corral.
Let go skiing!
In Florida you can tell the people from the north - they run into the ocean in January to take pictures. Guess who is from Florida running into the snow to take pictures?
Need a board
Maybe next time I will bring the proper equipment.
Sure snows a lot in Tucson.
This picture is from somewhere around 8000 feet.
That's a bunch of snow for southern Arizona.
Anyone else want to climb?
Yessir, people travel a long ways to look at that rock.
Or maybe there is some silly view or other.
Wind on sandstone makes pretty pictures.
This place is where children can fall off rocks.
I think I see John Wayne over there.
This is a stream where real men bathe.
The famous cactus.
Tucson at dusk.
Looking down at the city.
Saguaro national park
Welcome to Saguaro National Park!
Where are the Saguaros?
Ah! The Rabbit got 'em!
There's one on the side of the trail.
On the trail
I hope that human doesn't eat it.
These we have in Flroida.
Still kinda pretty. And tasty, too.
There were saguaros of all sizes in there.
I think ther eare 40 species of cactii in this park.
Many of which were visible on this paved trail.
This kind, of course, being the most famous.
Don't remember if John Wayne walked amongst the seguaros.
In the background is the mountain with the ski resort.
This is about 3500 feet - the seguaros grow up to 4000 ft.
Only flowers I saw in the park. Apparently this was the time of year for them, though.
On a rock
There's a happy camper.
In the valley of the giant cactii.
And amongst the rocks.
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That entire area was once a volcano.
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Mt. Mazama (what that mountain used to be called) erupted around 6700 BC - 42 times larger then Mt. St. Helens.
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My first picture of the non-park Oregon, which includes cows.
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Welcome to Crater Lake!
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I think this is telling tree-huggers which tree to chain themselves to.
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Snow? But it's almost August!
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Behind me is Mt. Shasta, California. Doesn't show up on film, though.
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Ah - Crater Lake!
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It's kind of a glow-in-the-dark blue.
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This glacier is just starting to grow because of Global Cooling.
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This is by the lodge when you first arrive at the park.
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The park is between 7-8,000 ft - not quite above treeline.
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These guys were looking for gold and found this lake instead.
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I'm thinking they'd rather have the gold, but the lake is nice.
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The views extend away from the lake, too.
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This is the view north - I think that is Mt. Hood way back there.
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This trail goes to one of the highest points in the park.
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It's closed due to snow? What snow?
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Oh, that snow.
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I guess there is snow here.
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This was a volcano before the volcano.
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This is what was left after the blast.
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A view towards the visitors center.
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The view south.
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There is a road that goes around the entire lake.
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Turns out the eastern half was closed due to snow.
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Which left half of the lake.
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Those cliffs are around 1000 ft.
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The size of the lake is a bit hard to visualize with the 1000 ft cliffs next to it.
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Won't fit in the camera's frame, though.
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There are more trees on the south side of the park.
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The island is called "Wizard Island" it's a new volcano in the old volcano.
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No private boats are allowed on the lake.
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But the park service operates 3.
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Which were not in service at this time.
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Stupid Global Cooling - closing all of our roads!
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This trail goes down to the lake - it is the only such trail in the park.
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The trail ends where the boats leave from.
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800 ft through the trees.
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There were mosquitos out the wazoo, too.
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And basalt, too!
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Here I'm approaching the dock.
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The water gets deep quick.
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That guy's gonna jump in?
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What a nut!
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I'll just get close to the water.
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Or maybe stand in it.
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What the hell? I'm already wet.
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So.. Who here has jumped into a volcano off a cliff? Anyone? Anyone?
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The dock where the boat leaves.
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There are trout in there, but I didn't see any.
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There's a trail on that island although you have to take the park boat to get there.
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There is still no life here after 8000 years - the rock and lack of rainfall does not support it.
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It's kinda a desert.
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The road leading up to the park.
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Bye northern entrance!
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Oregon likes their history. This was the site of the first public electric transmission line.
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This dam provided power (and a waterfall).
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Somewhere around here some guy first saw Mt. Hood.
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For some reason he called this river the Sandy River.
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Here we are! A national scenic area.
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Two trees take away the nice view.
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That's the nice view.
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This was supposed to be a hotel in 1920. Now it is just a small glass building on postcards.
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This area has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the USA.
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Um... Why do they call these mountains the Cascades again?
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This side of the gorge is the wet rain forest side.
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The gorge is 80 miles long and the other side is actually a desert.
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Didn't make it to the desert, though.
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This is actually a double waterfall.
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The sun does weird things with the camera, but I think this was the prettiest of the falls in the area.
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Nice place to take a shower.
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This waterfall is too small to count.
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More wildlife! Turns out these things really are slow.
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Another waterfall through the trees.
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This road was built between 1913 and 1922. Amazing engineering for its day.
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Another double waterfall.
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A bit closer.
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And with the goofy tourist.
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These white wildflowers were in bloom.
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To add interest to the already beautiful landscape.
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The next waterfalls are in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
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Most of these falls are within 500 yards of the roadway.
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That goofy tourist keeps following me around!
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Aaaachoo!!! Excuse me.
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Some trails lead away from the waterfalls to views of the river.
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Parts of the gorge are over 4000' high. The river here is at least 1/2 mile wide.
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A nice stream in the forest.
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Hmmm. The sun comes out and so do the people.
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This place is popular enough for a gift shop, a lodge, and a restaurant.
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This is the second highest year-round waterfall in the USA; the highest is in Yosemite (CA).
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2,000,000 visitors per year? There is a parking area like a rest area for this falls on I-84.
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This is a scaled model of the highest waterfalls in the world.
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This is the lower falls. That bridge was erected in 1914 to help attract tourists to the lodge.
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This tourist made it to the falls, but did not stay in the lodge.
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The entire falls is 620 ft (189 meters)
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If you are fit (and most tourists are not) you can keep walking on the other side of the bridge.
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This leads to more views of Multnomah falls.
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Multnomah falls half-way up the trail.
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And still more waterfalls!
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Some people are impressed by how high they've come; I'm impressed by all the cars down there.
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And of course you can stand on top of the falls.
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It's a nice view although the viewing platform is a bit small.
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There are two more falls up the trail that are over 50 ft - this one doesn't count.
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A nice shady spot.
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Here's one of the falls. The other one was barely visible through the trees and is not here.
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The river is pretty even without major falls.
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The obligatory me-next-to-a-waterfall picture.
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If you have difficulty with the 600 ft trail, you can cool off here.
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An attempt to get at least the top half of the falls in one frame.
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Captain on the bridge.
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It's not raining on me, but it is a bit misty.
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Did I mention the number of tourists? Easy to get my picture taken, at least.
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This is the lodge/restaurant/gift shop.
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The Union Pacific runs through here from Minneapolis to Portland.
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That's the entire waterfall.
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That's I-84, but a useful sign, none-the-less.
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This one has two waterfalls.
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More local wildlife!
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This is the lower falls.
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Abotu 0.5 miles up is the upper falls.
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That's this one.
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You can walk behind this waterfall.
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Safety topic of the day: watch out for cliffs.
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This picture is from an unprotected cliff.
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You can also swim around that pool down there.
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After the waterfall I went into this fish hatchery.
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It is quite large and used to breed salmon.
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Unfortunately this time of year the operation is to clean everything; there are no fish hatching in June.
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They leave some fish behind for the tourists.
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This is a 10-ft white sturgeon named "Herman"
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You can also feed your children to rainbow trout here.
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The hunter - or the hunted?
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Lewis and Clark used the Columbia River Gorge to get through the Cascades.
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The goal of the station is to produce 5.5 million baby fish anually.
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Too bad there is nothing in the tanks.
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This is where they release the salmon - directly into a stream.
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This is from a town called "Cascade Locks".
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Didn't actually see any locks.
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Just this bridge.
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This was the furthest I made it up the gorge.
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Time to get home.
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Model railroaders attempt to put the Columbia River Gorge in thier models.
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This is the real thing.
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A last look up the gorge.
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And the small glass building I was at earlier.
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This was the farthest the big ships could come up back in 1792.
A Cloudy Mt. St. Helens
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Welcome to Mt. St. Helens!
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This is the Washington State Park associated with Mt. St. Helens
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Mt. St. Helens is up there somewhere!
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This is a marsh about 50 miles from the mountain.
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It's a very active spot for migratory birds.
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Of course the migratory birds are not migrating in June.
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Still has a rain-foresty appearance, though.
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Engineers turned the river here to reduce sediment flow.
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It's half a dam that slows down the river.
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This helicopter does not have so much use today.
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This lodge overlooks a valley and the volcano on a clear day.
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On the far side of this valley all trees were destroyed - the "blast zone"
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There's the mountain!
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These folks are looking for the mountain, too.
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The eruption rolled down this valley in 1980.
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The problem is that the lake's dam could break, flooding the valley. Luckily we have engineers!
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This is the main valley the lahar flowed down.
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These flowers are growing, though.
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This lake was also formed in 1980 - it's at least 5 miles long.
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This is a protected corner of it.
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Who put that big rock in the sidewalk?
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The lake is accessible by boat and has trout in it.
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The boardwalk crosses over some volcanic blowdown.
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By the way - it's raining now.
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Which makes the plants green, I suppose.
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But it is not all that comfortable.
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Come on, tourists! It's only a sprinkle!
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Ooo! A viewpoint! I wonder what I can see here?
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Oooh, that is fiery!
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This is the observation building. Mt St. Helens webcams operate from here.
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This shows the results of the three seismometers around the volcano. They are always active.
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Lower left is what you might see on a sunny day. The white window is what we saw.
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A rhyolitic pyroclast. Cool, eh?
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Most every type of pyroclastic rock came out during Mt. St. Helen's eruption.
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This exhibit showed the progression of the eruption. Unfortunately it did not impact that kid.
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A curtain rises at the climactic end to the center's movie. I think the mountain shows up on most days.
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This is the picture every geologist hopes to have in his yearbook.
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This is a former volcanic study station that got destroyed by a recent eruption.
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This is a crazy tourist impressed by a cloud.
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There is a paved walkway nearby; generally it probaby has nice views.
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Other tourists looking for those views.
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The soil is not so conducive to life here.
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If you say to that mountain "move", it will move.
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This trail didn't look so inviting today.
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So I tried to get to the back side of the mountain; this lake was on the way.
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Nice place to go fishing.
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Or stopping on the way to someplace else.
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This tree has found a nice spot to grow.
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This damn keeps another lake around.
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Good for skiing if you have a boat.
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Or cliff jumping if you don't.
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Safety standards weren't quite the same back then.
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This is the dam viewpoint - not so much to see.
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It is the highest dam in Washington, but the area is not maintained.
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This is supposed to look at Mt. St. Helen's in the distance. I have faith.
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Winter conditions? But its June!
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No winter conditions at this pretty stream.
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Oh - those winter conditions.
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I guess you need baby feet (or quality GM engineering) to get over this pass.
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The pavement ended frequently on these roads but generally they didn't announce it.
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Why do they call it the Cascade Range again?
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This waterfall was on the south side of Mt. St. Helens.
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Gaah! The road is closed by snow!
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Going back up the mountain the only open way - and there's a bike race on the road.
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These guys rode at least 100 miles roundtrip up and down the mountain.
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Let's try going in there, shall we?
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That is the observation building.
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They say that the first plants here have nitrogen-fixing bacteria in the roots.
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Because after the erution there was no nitrogen in the soil.
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Once those notrogen-fixing plants became established, others followed.
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Leading to pockets of green.
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And a few Douglas Firs in protected areas.
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The landscae reminded me a bit of Murdor.
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Some of the downed trees had been removed by loggers. Others (like this one) were left in place.
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I'm a gonna huff, and puff, and blow that tree down!
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Look what I did!
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This is the most mountain I will get to see during this trip.
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Better press that button quick!
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This lake created an 800-foot tsunami and rose 200 ft after the eruption.
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Watch out for orcses!
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And falling rockses.
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There's nice geology here if you look for it.
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That's clay behind me. Unusual place to find clay, but there it is.
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There used to be 80-ft high pine trees here.
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How many geological signs can you see in this picture?
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The lake still frames nice even without trees.
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The 170' waterfall I am walking towards is 4 pixels in this shot.
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It's a bit hard to grasp the magnitude of this volcano with a camera.
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How many eruptions can you count?
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This lake has a seismometer next to it.
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The seismometer is on the left of this frame.
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Keep going, Samwise!
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This is the path of the landslide that created the eruption in the first place.
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This is not the picture you are looking for as a geologist.
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There is a huge fine for going off-trail here.
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This is so that people can earn PhD's by studying the new growth.
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The life is appearantly rather fragile.
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The closer to the volcano you get, the less life there is.
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Frodo, we must destroy the ring, Frodo!
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If the road hadn't of been closed I might have made it to those mountains today.
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From the visitor center it is 8 miles one-way to the waterfall.
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So no other trails today!
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In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
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Beware! The Lord Souron sees all!
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I would guess that water is warm.
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But I don't have time to check -
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That cloud is lower then I am - bad weather a comin'!
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Time to run (literally).
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Now at least I can see the trail again.
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The closer you get to the Visitor Center the easier it is to follow the trail - fog or no fog.
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That's the 170' waterfall. Gives you a decent impression of the amount of rock that came out of that hole.
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Two new lakes created by the volcano.
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Climbing back up into the fog.
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And now it gets difficult to see.
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Souran has found us!
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Samwise, I cannot carry this burden!
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Where the dark shadows lie.
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Yay! Pavement! Discard this silly trinket and lets get home.
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It was kinda cold.
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Next day it was colder.
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But is that blue sky? Maybe it will make it up the mountain!
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I'll have to watch out for angry goats and mountain lions.
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Close to the lake there are trees growing.
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Trees within trees - it does rain a lot here.
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In some parts of the area they allowed loggers to come in after the eruption.
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They removed the dead wood so they could recoup some of their losses.
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They didn't take all of the trees, though.
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This area is a good 15 miles from the volcano - all the trees were knocked over.
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But there was a nice lake in place.
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And this machine - not sure what it did.
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I'm thinking the seatbelt did not save that operator.
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This trail was two ridges from the volcano.
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That was my view west - still looking for those clear skies.
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I think that was an excavator.
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It's missing a few parts. This machine had apparently tumbled down the mountain.
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There are still plenty of lifeless areas in this location.
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The fog is back.
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I'm high enough for patches of snow, too.
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Look - elk! The elk are skittish in this park.
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That snow is not passable.
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Damn you, snow - my arch-nemisis!
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Had to turn around at that snow because I did not have crampons or an ice axe. But it's June!
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This is one of the few places in the park you can camp - with a permit.
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The douglas firs have grown the most because timber companies planted them nearby.
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This is what happens if you are a tree in a 700-mph wind.
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Kinda hard to survive.
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But the other trees are coming back.
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At the end I went back up to the viewpoint - still cloudy.
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Welcome to California!
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This is both a state park and a national park.
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This is a Sequoia - much wider then -
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A coastal redwood. The big sequoias are only found in Yosemite.
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Crescent City is a fishing area here.
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They do crabs.
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The park is composed of trees and seashore.
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This would be the seashore, which actually has sun!
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It is like the Oregon coast, only here the sun is out.
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Mountainous and rocky.
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Mostly basalt for those of you interested.
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The trees here are stunted from salt spray off the ocean.
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Nice place to park.
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More geology - basalt doesn't weather so quick as the sedimentary rocks.
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This is the view towards Crescent City.
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The area has sandy beaches, too.
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And no rain.
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A nice view of the ocean through the trees.
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Now I get to the big trees area!
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That's a big tree!
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The trail wandered among them.
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These little bears are very friendly if you feed them.
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Want a cookie, little bear?
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Gotta watch out for speeders, though.
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Crazy drunk drivers!
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If they hit these trees they'll explode.
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I'm a tree hugger!
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You remember the fall of the Roman Empire? This tree does.
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They don't want you jumping on the 1500-year old tree.
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This area is called Lady Bird Johnson area.
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Mostly because she dedicated the park here in the 70's.
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The lowering sun made interesting light.
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Yes, the ferns are that tall.
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The trees, too.
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The insides of these trees burn during fires but the outside survives and the tree lives on.
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Luckily Mr. Miagi taught me some moves to clear trees from the path.
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The sun setting over the beach.
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To be or not to be?
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I'll figure it out later.
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Watch out for slugs!
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There are lots o' elk here.
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They are not so skittish as at other parks.
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I would guess that here they are not shot at.
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This one was braver then usual.
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That's Blitzer. If your father shoots him there will be no Christmas this year.
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The next morning I walked up a wide trail.
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Next to a small river.
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The trees aren't so impressive until you've been in them a while.
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These trees were burnt but still quite alive.
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Not all of the park is old growth; they are trying to recover part of the park from forestry operations.
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The morning sun in the forest.
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These pictures describe deforestation issues.
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Chopping down half of the trees kills them all - it will take 250 years to get the tallest trees back.
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This trail goes down to the tall trees area of the park.
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The tallest trees are only in river valleys - where there is plenty of water and limited wind.
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This is the river
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Those are some tall trees!
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This is several trees in one spot - they grow where another one has fallen down.
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This was the tree back that National Geographic photographed back in the sixties to create enthusiasm for the park.
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Lets see... Tangent = opposite / adjacent. That puts those trees over 300 ft.
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You see, tangent = ... Right you get the idea.
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The path wandered through the woods.
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Through tall trees.
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The curving on these is not the lense.
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I'n not exactly tall, I suppose.
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Looking for a bear.
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You can camp around here overnight with a permit.
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This part of the forest was completely cut down.
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It was a sheep farm some time ago.
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Now they are working to restore it.
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After Redwoods, I took the shorter but longer route.
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They must have a problem with prisoners here.
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Shorter distance, but slllooowww driving (and scenic, too).
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This river was from 10-200 ft below the road.
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They used to pan for gold here.
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Away from the ocean the temperature climbed into the 100's.
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This little post office is most of the town.
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Much more deserty over here.
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There's gold in there!
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This was a one-lane road.
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One hopes there is no truck on the other side of that curve.
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Not much room to go if a truck comes.
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I suppose you could always go down.
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This was a nice swimming area.
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Eventually the road crossed this pass.
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And a rock to climb!
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We're now, like, totally in the valley. Like, dag me with a spoon.
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That's Mt. Shasta over there.
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A stagecoach was robbed 4 times at this site. Don't come here at night.
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Mt Shasta from I-5.
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My last view of Northern California.
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Bye Redwood Park!
Canada! (Victoria, anyway)
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This isn't actually Victoria - it's Port Angeles, Washington, USA.
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You arrive here early in the morning - boat departs at 0820.
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There are two boats - a small, faster ferry for people and a big slow ferry for cars.
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I got my tickets at 0700 so I got to wander around the town a bit.
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They have a long walkway up and down the Strait of Juan de Fuca
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This is the closest hotel to the boat.
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That-s my boat - the HMS Big Boat.
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Those mountains are the Hurricane Ridge of the Olympic Range. I'll go up there later.
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It is a little chilly - around 56 or so.
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This is a small (one room) marine research institute. Not sure who would want to go in there.
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This boat holds 200 cars and 1000 people. Today 61 people rode across.
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This is the only ferry for cars from this port.
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This ship was built in .. 1959??
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Heave about, ye maities!
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That's the smaller ship. It takes 60 minutes to cross. Our big ship takes 90 minutes. I preferred the slow route.
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We're not in Canada quite yet, but the company flys both flags.
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Away we go!
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Arrr - there's a mighty sailor for ye!
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The land of the brave.
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We are 22 miles from the other side.
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Those mountains are tall enough you can see them from the other side.
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The mountains of British Columbia? Not so much.
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Whale ho! Arr, no, it only be a freighter.
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Whale ho! Arr, no, there be no whales here, lads.
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The Canadian Coast Guard could have rescued us if we sank.
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Victoria is not so impressive on the way in.
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As you get closer it looks a bit nicer with rocky coasts.
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And more seaplanes then you can shake a stick at.
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Other sailors seeing the city.
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This is one of many hotels in the city. I think most people stay overnight.
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I was just visiting - until the 3 PM ride back.
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There are many boats in this port.
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Including the passenger ferry that beat us here.
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Ah - Canada! We arrived early I suppose and the vendors weren't quite set up yet.
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Look, it's Canada! Oh, wait, no - that's Disney's Epcot Center.
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Oh - this is Canada.
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Here I am at the real Canada.
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This is an impressive hotel mostly covered in Ivy. Seems rather British, although I can't say I've been to Britian recen
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The obligatory get-off-the-boat-and-take-your-picture-by-the-totem picture.
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This is the British Colombia government building.
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This is where the vendors set up - you can sail your ship right in to here.
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There are also many tour boats you can take from here.
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This is the main shopping street.
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They really like their totems here.
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I was unable to knock this one over.
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The Disney gardens are modelled after the Butchart Gardens located 45 minutes from here.
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This park is not so bad, though.
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This path leads to a small lake.
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With many flowers.
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And a fountain or two.
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People feed the ducks, which makes them quite tame.
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The chicks, too.
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There were many, many ducks.
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For a second-rate garden this is rather nice.
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I think I arrived at the right time of year, though.
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There weren't many people about, either.
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The azaleas were in bloom here at sea level and at about 2,000 feet in the Olympic National Park.
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Beautiful, but not so creative, I think.
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I think they call this one "Fountainless Lake".
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That squirrel is getting ready to attack those ducks. Squirrels are evil!
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I never actually saw anybody go across that bridge.
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More of the lake.
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Not sure what these flowers are byt they were in bloom, too.
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This would be a good place for a picnic if I had more time.
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As it is back to the harbor. This is the start of Canada 1 - A real traveller would hitchhike to St. John's from here.
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Me - I'll walk around Victoria.
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A float plane on final.
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This is the restaurant street.
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This float plane dock has up to 6 float planes when they are not landing.
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There are more street vendors up and down this sidewalk.
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Not sure why anybody would want to look at an art gallery here, but there are crazy people in the world.
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Gardens are everywhere here.
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I do like planes.
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While taking that picture, looked what popped up on the dock!
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A sea otter!
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Looked to be about 5 ft long, and just like that he was gone.
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Damn Seperatists are everywhere in Canada.
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There were many street musicians on the shopping street. These guys were playing Carribean music.
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Nice place to shop, if you're into that sort of thing.
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By God, don't let dad in there!
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He might buy this! (yep, that's jade). In real life it is in focus.
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These guys were playing Irish music.
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Well now - they don't have this at Disney!
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Didn't know Vader could bust the moves, eh?
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This is that old hotel.
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Damned Gators are everywhere!
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The street vendors have now set up.
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Caricatures if you want 'em.
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There's a lot more people, too.
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Some oddballs like buying art.
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Couldn't figure out what this sign was talking about. Still can't.
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The harbor is nice, though.
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This guy is painted all of those pictures, although not with that phone.
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This guy is a Native American carver - he did each one of those.
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This is an old house that was transformed into a tavern, hotel, and restaurant.
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The grounds are nice, even with the neon "beer sold here" sign.
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This is a walkway around the harbor.
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You can see ships come in.
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And ships dock.
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There's a sailboat - that one might make it around the world.
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You can rent those kayaks - I'm thinking they won't make it around the world.
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You're not supposed to kayak in the middle of the harbor. Tourists are, well, tourists.
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a yacth a bit out of my price range.
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OK, I'm going with the long shot - the boat will win!
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Getting close to the time when I have to get back on my ship.
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That's USA over there. Wouldn't want to be hiking under those thunderstorms.
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One last look at Canada.
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They say the have 330 cruise ships per year port in Victoria - that's one of them.
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Olympic National Park and Forest
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It's the park!
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This sign was more impressive then the first sign.
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First stop was a big tree.
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Thatsa biga tree!
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Santa would have trouble putting gifts all around that tree.
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This is one of the rainiest spots on earth. Record annual precipitation was 156 inches (4000) mm in 1998.
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That makes it kinda green, although they say that the summer is their "dry" period.
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This is the mountain-surrounded lake. There's a few sailboats about although none of them were on the lake.
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This is the southern side of the lake.
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This lodge sits looking out towards the lake. Every room has some sort of nice view.
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Might be through trees.
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Or next to trees.
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Makes a nice view
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Even with tourists in it.
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All these wildflowers were in bloom as I drove by.
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The park has three major sections - the rainforest, mountains, and beach.
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This is the beach, which is like the Oregon beaches with a lot more wood.
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I could probably swim to Japan if the water wasn't so cold.
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They have Tsunamis here, too. Only here, if there is an earthquake, you run amock as you scream.
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The beach extends north for a long distance.
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Many parts are not reachable by car, or even by foot in some places. You'll have to imagine those.
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I suppose tree huggers get upset by this.
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This is the misnamed Hoh river.
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The next lake was Crescent Lake. This little stream ran into it.
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This is Crescent Lake. Right - beaches, rain forest, mountains, and lakes.
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A tree taking a swim.
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A nice pull-out along the highway.
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That evening I made my way up to another waterfall.
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There it is!
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This is still the rainforest side of the park.
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You cannot get as close to this waterfall as the ones in Oregon.
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After the waterfall I made my way to the ridge. I had to cross this river?!? to get there.
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The water was 2.5 ft deep - up to my pant pockets. It was reeealllllyyyy cold, too.
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But the scenery walking up was nice.
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I followed this stream for a while.
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Then went up a steep path.
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With various views of the valley beneath me.
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This is the cut-off to the ridge.
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Unfortunately I was out of time and had to turn back before the ridge.
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This is the path of a mudslide or avalanche. Try not to be under it.
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It was starting to get late and I had to turn around.
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The light changes things in the forest, though.
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You mean there was a bridge across that river?
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The bridge makes things a lot easier!
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I'm no oceanographer, but aren't hurricanes tropical? And in the Atlantic? Hmmm.
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Down there is the dry side of the park - it only recieves 20 inches per year of rain.
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It was a bit hazy, but on a crisp day you might see these mountains.
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As it was I could see Port Angeles.
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And cool tunnels that don't go under rivers.
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Watch out for crazy goats!
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Those are the Olympic Glaciers - it snows so much there that even though it is rather warm there are still huge glaciers
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This is the lodge at the top of the road.
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747 inches! Try shovelling that tomorrow.
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This is what is left at the top of Hurricane Ridge in the middle of June.
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Not sure what that thing is. Probably a Zamboni.
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I'm on snow!
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Looking towards Port Angeles.
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Some mountains that need climbing.
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From here you can see Canada.
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Woah! This fellow is not so frightened of humans.
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He is just mosying on by.
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And checking out that funny box making noise.
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It's like Florida. Only with snow and mountains.
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They have a single poma lift here for weekends. I think they have volunteers staff this hut in case some crazy snowboard
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Nothing like looking at glaciated mountains.
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If it wasn't so hazy you could see a bit more.
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The view is nice enough for me though.
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Lot's of walking today!
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You mean they get more then 747 inches on Mt Olympus?
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A mountain view for those of you that like those things (like me).
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There I am enjoying it.
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The road to the lodge.
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I forgot my skis, otherwise I'd head down there.
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The yellow pixel is actually a person.
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The lodge again. Unfortunately it is closed at this hour.
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At least I know where it is!
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I'll try not to fall here.
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Mt Olympus through the trees.
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And towards the sun.
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That snow is about 4 ft deep if I happened to fall through.
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This road was closed. 8 miles takes a while, though, seeing as it is a gravel road.
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These deer like to look at the mountains, too.
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There's the list if you are counting.
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That's the biiiggg glacier over there.
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Taking a rest.
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Some dear getting their dinner.
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Time to head back.
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Kinda pretty at night, though.
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Looking up towards the ridge.
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And down towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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Bye-bye, National Park!
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This is the National Forest, which surrounds the national park.
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The next day was foggy. I did a small mountain in the Forest.
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Normally you can see Seattle from here.
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Today it was just me and Mr. Spotted Slug, though.
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At least I know I'm in the right place!
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From here you can see glaciers. Or maybe not.
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This is a place you can go to pick and eat your own raw oysters.
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I don't have a schucking knife, otherwise those two would be yummy.
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Somebody already got to that one.
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These oyster beds line the park.
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Indians used to line the park, too.
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Might want to cook them before eating them, though.
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This isn't in the park, but it is an artificial oyester bed. The oysters grow on those poles where they are harvested.
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Silver Falls Water Falls
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This park is about rainforests and waterfalls.
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Despite 86?!? pictures this whole park took me about 4 hours.
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I kinda went fast though. Like trotting fast.
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This is the falls farthest north.
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This one is not so tall.
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The entire park is around 1500' in Oregon's northern cascades (east of Salem).
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Putting it in the Cascade rainforest.
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Note the green and clouds. There's not so much sun here.
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These are the stairs leading to the second falls. Wet but easier then rocks.
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The second northern falls - a bit higher then ther first.
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You walk behind this one.
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There are at least 10 waterfalls in this park.
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All within an 8 mile trail.
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And all within the greeeennnn rain forest.
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A description of how the falls form.
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The northern falls from a distance.
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Behind me is the southern falls.
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This water doesn't know what's about to hit it - a 135' drop.
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This one is called "Frankie Falls" - I don't think it counts because it is a very low volume.
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It's falling on me!
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The southern falls - it extends a bit above the frame.
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Geologists care about these things? Watch out for chimneys.
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Actually all of these rocks over my head have air pockets in them meaning rapid cooling. Interesting ...
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Most of these waterfalls you can actually stand behind.
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This type of view is available throughout the park.
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Couldn't decide which shot I liked better - so you get both!
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And of course I have to be in front of every waterfall.
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As you walk down the trail, things get greener and a little quieter.
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All that's missing is a fly fisherman.
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I saw one get out of a car, but I didn't actually see him in the stream.
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Rainforest = green. Even more green then the coast.
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The trail goes along a valley from waterfall to waterfall.
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This one is around 60' high.
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Is this 4 already?
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Once again you get to go under the waterfall.
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That might water Doral.
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Looking through the veil.
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That's not the end of film - its the waterfall.
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The edge does not flow quite as much.
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This one is not so high.
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But I like it more then the higher ones.
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Hard to tell whether to frame it vertically or horizontally.
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Then back to the stream.
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While the path tries to hold the forest back.
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Sometimes it succeeds.
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That's actually a cliff with plants growing on it.
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This would be number 7. It has a name, but I'm not sure what it is.
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The path crossed the river several times - every time on a secure bridge like this one.
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Then it was back into the forest.
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This is the smallest falls on the tour - only 36 feet.
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But it is close to the tallest one on the tour - this one is 178'.
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This one is one of the harder ones to photograph.
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This one is the highest falls. There are actually two levels to it.
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This is the bottom. I suppose you could shower in there if you didn't mind the 50-degree water.
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Making it a bit like Mauna Loa, just a bit colder.
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Reminds me a bit of the Smokies, too.
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Hard to photograph the entire thing.
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From a distance you can see most of it.
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If you look hard enough it is behind me.
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This waterfall has two branches, but the trail doesn't really allow you to see both.
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Sometimes the forest beats the trail.
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This is another one of those falls you can walk behind.
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They didn't exactly stick the sign in the most picturesque spot.
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But you can walk underneath it.
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Which makes it rather picturesque.
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Good place for a bungee jump?
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It's really like Hawaii without the warmth.
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Lots of green.
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This falls is another one of those that is hard to photograph from the trail.
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This is the top.
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The river flowing away.
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This falls is not on the list. Still pretty, though.
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Lots of waterfalls in this park.
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And lots of rainforest, too.
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This is Winter Falls a high but low-volume falls.
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I am not as close as I look.
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And that is higher then it looks.
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This one falls into a shallow pool.
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A view from the top of the falls.
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There was a 1.6 mile walk back to the parking area through the trees.
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Through very tttaaaallll trees.
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Watch out for Ewoks. They're everywhere.
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Although not there.
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That's a biiiggg tree.
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Oregon Coast and Coastal Range
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Rainforest? What? Here? Impossible.
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My first stop was a wildlife refuge.
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They're trying to save Canadian geese? Ah - some sort of Oregonian subspecies of Canadian geese. Still - don't we have e
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Is it me or do those clouds look unfriendly?
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Second stop was another state park on the way towards the beach. Those trees sure looked impressive!
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Turns out this park was a civil war site. Here men whined in 1862 that they were merely keeping peace with Indians inste
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A nice river on the road to the coast.
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Rand McNally told me there was an unpaved road on the way to the beach. This is what I found.
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Lots and lots of trees. By the way, this is a rainforest.
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This was the small river on a trail you walk down.
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More of the river.
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And then - bam! There's this suspension bridge in the middle of nowhere. The bridge sways as you walk across it, for tho
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Right before I crossed.
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The bridge is a bit high - maybe 100 feet or so - yet another issue for those of you against that sort of thing.
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But you get to see this on the other side!
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Not sure the name of this waterfall but I had to walk 1.5 miles to get to it.
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Might was well look at it.
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Waterfalls are rather peaceful.
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If you don't mind wet rocks, you can walk right up to the pool. Swim in it too, if you don't mind 50-degree water.
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My first Oregon wildlife! I was looking for seals - that's a slug. Big one, too.
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As the clouds rolled in it gave a sort of ethereal look to the place.
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These yellow flowers were in bloom.
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The beach! A bit more hilly then the ones we have in Florida.
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Reminds me of Bonsai.
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That water is not as warm as you think it is. Nor is the air - 57 degrees F.
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Driving north led me to some wide beaches.
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There are pull-off spots abot every 500 feet on U.S. Highway 101.
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This was another wildlife refuge to save those silly geese.
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This is the forest adjacent to the marsh. Many, many flies.
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I don't see any geese. I don't see any Oregon Ducks, either. I guess at some other time of year the hunting here is pret
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The other side of the wildlife refuge was the ocean - with a lot of sand in between.
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This particular beach was rather wide.
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This town reminded me of the painting at my father's house. Maybe it would have reminded me more if the ceiling was grea
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Oregon has a bunch of lighthouses on cliffs. This is on the way to one of them.
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We are about 200 ft above the sea. No seals below. The yellow jacket and wet hair means it's kinda raining.
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Kinda as in drizzling. Nice islands, though.
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I'm sure this looks nicer without clouds, but you get what you get.
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There may not be any seals around here, but there are a bunch of birds on those rocks out there.
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This path led to the lighthouse and back - about .3 miles to the parking lot.
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Did I mention it was green here?
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Apparently those islands have thousands of birds during nesting season - like 20 per square foot or something.
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A geologist might find this interesting. The rest of you just have to admire nature.
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Kind of what I think of when I think of Oregon beaches.
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This is a confused tree. Didn't know which way to grow, so it chose eight directions.
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Look - I see seven states!
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Headed the other direction finds a few more cliffs.
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And nice places to picnic.
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These are the trees right on the coast. They're shorter then other douglas firs.
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Nice house. Still no seals, though.
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Did I mention the 15-knot wind?
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O.K. - air temperature 57. Water temperature 54. Surfing weather? And some people call me crazy.
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The rocky Oregon Coast
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There's a geologic story here, but you'll have to check Wikipedia for that.
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Black jacket means its raining kinda hard.
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Still looks nice though.
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No rain and 85 F, this is probably a nice place for a sandwich. Kinda empty today though.
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Crashing waves of the Pacifac.
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Did I mention it was now 55 F?
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Everywhere you look in Oregon is rather green.
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They are very proud of their bridges here. Apparently U.S. 101 was not built until WW I, and before that you had to work
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This former lookout is now a touristy gift shop. Yep - I bought some stuff there. Stupid saltwater taffy.
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I'm not seeing it. Is it me?
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Not sure what the sign is talking about here.
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This place is built on a cliff that is 500 ft over the water. Don't trip.
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Heck of a view though, even in the fog.
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Appropriatly named, I think.
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This is some sort of Devil's Hole. Don't dive.
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And I thought there were only two insane people!
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A nice house to watch the crazy surfers.
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An explanation of how the hole formed.
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Oregon's coast goes from wide beaches to cliffs. All are cold, though.
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Heading up to a light house.
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These tsunami warning are everywhere. If you feel an earthquake, scream.
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The bridge in Newport.
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This is a light house. They had to close it 3 years after it started working because ships couldn't see it from the sout
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Newport Jetties. Engineers think they've conquered the ocean.
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They made the beach wider, at least.
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A mis-named "seal rock"
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Maybe it's seal rock because if you stand there you get wet?
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It is green, though.
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And a nice enough view.
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Hat down means it's not raining as much.
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So you're driving down the beach and suddenly you're in a national forest. This is the national forest's version of a be
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Is that a sea lion? Nope - it's just a rock.
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This place is called "Devil's Churn" because the water get's all churned up.
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Did I leave my Mars Rover here somewhere?
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Nope - not here.
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Glad I didn't stand there!
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A bit calmer on this side.
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This is not their home, it is MY home! Now get out before I eat you.
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This is a National Forest, after all.
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With wildflowers along the walkway.
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And views of the beach, too.
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With these signs, there has to be seals!
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There they are!
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The zoom on my camera proves there are there.
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Cute, ain't they?
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Kinda lazy though.
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You're only allowed to get so close to marine mammals.
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If you get too close the feds jump out of thin air and break your legs. Something about a Marine Mammal Protection thing
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Not sure what these are. Is there a marine biologist in the house?
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I didn't notice these tidal pools until chasing seals for some reason. These things may have a name - I call them "food"
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They're still there.
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Ain't they cute? In Canada you can just walk right up and beat them with a club.
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Another tidal pool. There's inerta - inserta -unpside downs - invertasomethingorelses in there.
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This is another light house that is still in use.
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There are sea lions in this picture. Can you see them? You can certainly hear them.
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The trail to the lighthouse is about .7 miles.
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Did I mention those rocks have a lot of birds?
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Holy light house, Batman!
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The poor lighthouse keeper has to look at this every morning.
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Somewhere there's a postcard with this photo, except they photo-shopped in a blue sky.
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There's the sea lions! These guys are really loud.
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I liked the Harbor seals better.
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This place is called "Sea Lion Cave". It was closed when I arrived.
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Biggest sea cave in the world, it says. I'll never know.
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Looking the other direction towards the light house.
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Take away the fog and that's rather pretty.
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My last view of the beach before heading inland.
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'Till the next, everyone!
2009-06-04 Las Vegas, NV
Flying in - first golf course I saw. The strip was on the other side o fthe plane.
The strip is rather close to the airport, although a bit further then it seems.
There's the Virgin Atlantic. It's not a casino - yet.
Yep - there's still construction in this town, at least.
The view out of my room. We were at the Hilton Vacation Club, which is one building north of the Hilton with the big sig
This is a zoomed-in view from our hotel - that's the big sign associated with the Hilton. Those palm trees are at least
I took the monorail to the southern-most stop (MGM Grand). This is the Tropicana across the street.
New York, New York (the casino rather then the city) is there too.
On the same corner is the Excalibur - looks like a castle.
Going south is the Luxor, which looks like a giant pyramid.
Apparently the Ancient Egyptians enjoyed robotics.
Look, a sphinx!
The southern-most major casino is currently Mandalay Bay. There's an aquarium in here.
And a bunch of waterfalls.
Seems unusual to find so much water in the desert, although it did sprinkle while I was there.
That's the aquirium I didn't go into because of time and the $18 cover.
Each casino has a ritzy shopping plaza in it. This is in between Mandalay and the Luxor
Inside the Luxor. Each of those lights is a windor. It really doesn't look so big from the outside.
Going into Camelot.
I'm guessing Christine would want to stay in this one. Maybe not.
The roller coaster in New York, New York. Couldn't figure out how to get on it, though.
More of Camelot.
And what trip to Vegas is complete without a picture in front of the big lion?
Is that Brooklyn? I think that bridge is for sale.
I seem to remember it being a lot longer, but maybe I just have a bad memory.
For those of you who are sports fans this is probably where you end up. You can bet on the game, too!
The shopping strip in New York, New York.
Many, many taxis. Now that, at least, is realistic.
The big-ol' MGM Grand. Always watch out for Mike Tyson - he might bite your ear off.
The Rainforest Cafe! This must be Orlando.
Or it's the shopping part of the MGM Grand.
You'd think I was bigger then the entire city!
Bellagio? Ceasars? They all mix together after you've seen 20.
Looking south towards Paris. No, not that Paris. Or that one, either. This one is a hotel.
This one is the Monte Carlo. One of three or four Italian-themed hotels.
Planet Hollywood. Without the planet for some reason.
Hail Caesar! Oh, wait - it's Hail Napolean! They all look alike at some point.
Ah, now I'm in Paris. Kill enough people and you can have an arc built for, you, too.
Paris has fountains, too.
And they stole the Planet Hollywood ball and stuck their name on it.
The Flamingo and Bally's. Not so fancy unless you reeallllyyy like plastic flamingos.
The stately towers of Rome. Or maybe it is just Caesars. I really wish I could spell that name correctly.
The courtyards at Caesars. One would guess they do things in there from time to time - but not at this particular time.
Ah yes, the Pantheon. Maybe. Or maybe it is just some dude in Vegas.
It's darker then you think. Either way the lights are on.
One of a bazillion statues throughout the city. These are replicas of famous ancient statues like David and Aphrodite. O
Fish! Well, a few fish tanks inside the Caesar's Palace casino.
Lots o' fountains. Ironic that I only found one DRINKING fountain in the entire city. That was in Camelot.
Here's the stately check'in room at Ceasars. Each of these check-in rooms is an attraction unto itself.
Prada. Italian for "theft".
More pricey stores. I think these are in the Bellagio.
Oooh! More stores. I'm thinking I didn't take these for my own interest. Maybe somebody else is interested in them.
The Eiffel tower - this one is more realistic except that it grows out of a hotel. The one in Paris grows out of a park.
$ .99 magaritas! Must not be a major casino. But it is on the Strip.
Another small saloon.
Yep, much like cockroaches they're everywhere. Come nuclear war at least we'll have Starbucks.
This entire store sells make-up. Who needs that much makeup? Must be for clowns or something.
Apparently you can take these inside, too, although being time limited I didn't exactly look. Expensive way to float aro
What is that thing? A space ship? A giant chicken? Oh no - it's a Mirage.
Now THIS store is a bit more towards my tastes.
I think there's treasure in there, but I didn't win it. There are pirates jumping about on boats outside, though.
This one is not so exciting but it did lead to the Hilton.
More lights. This one has the advantage of providing customers for Sephoria.
I am not nearly as big as that sign is.
This would be the dancing fountains at the Mirage. There's fire in there, too.
Damned drunkards wander all over town. By the way, these are the only souvenir glasses I could find on the entire Strip.
We gots to go - nice view on the flight out.
That's most of the Strip right there.
Another overall view.
Oooh - coming into Portland! That's Mt. St Helens and Mt. Ranier in the back.