Washington Places

The Mysterious Suspended Bike of Ruston, Washington

Oh, mysterious suspended bike of the Ruston waterfront, who made thee? Who shaped thy strange handlebars? Who bound up thy body in wood and left thee, as though in flight, suspended over the Sound? Where did you come from, you weird artifact? From the depths of someone’s imagination? Or from some place darker? Are you drawing us toward madness, or bliss? And is there a difference, mysterious suspended bike of the Ruston waterfront walk? Oh, your strange character has confounded…

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Granny’s Cafe, Port Angeles, Washington: One of the Best Places to Eat on the 101 Loop

Every time I’m in the Port Angeles area, as I was last week to hike Mount Storm King, I stop at Granny’s. About 10 minutes or so east of the Storm King Ranger Station, and about 20 minutes west of downtown Port Angeles, sits this little cafe just off the highway. It looks a bit modest (or maybe “humble” is the word) there with its dirt parking lot and old-timey facade, but this place is one of the best kept…

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Mean, Mean Mount Storm King: Path to Stunning Views Littered With Bodies of the Broken and Dejected

Mount Storm King is a Cruel and Vengeful King There are few easily accessible hikes I’ve ever seen turn away more would-be climbers than Mount Storm King does. I met the victims, walking wounded, several times on my way down the mountain. “Are we almost to the top?” these strangers asked between labored gasps. They tried to smile, but the desperate glint in their eyes indicated something other than humor. I would answer with something like, “You’re pretty close,” but…

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Man Plays Tuba Atop Mount Si

Just a brief post here to share some pictures of a funny event I witnessed while climbing Mount Si on Saturday. There was a fellow hiking up the same time as me with a full-sized tuba on his back. It wasn’t even stored in any kind of outdoors/sports backpack, but was just jammed into a giant instrument pack. Mount Si is not an easy hike. All respect to this man for carrying his tuba to the top of Mount Si…

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On the Eve of Twin Peaks’ Return, Year’s First Trek up Mount Si

Sun is Out and the Time is Right for Hiking…And Twin Peaks I rarely have a hard time finding an excuse to hike Mount Si, but this year I have a particularly good one. Tomorrow, Twin Peaks will run again. That’s all I needed to know. Mount Si, for those who are unaware, is the actual name of the Twin Peaks mountain, and town of North Bend is the real town in which the series was largely filmed. Mount Si Gets…

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Secrets of Sequim, Washington’s Dungeness River Audobon Center

I found some interesting patterns and hidden gems in the area surrounding the Dungeness River Audubon Center. I’ll write up a full post for this great little corner of Washington soon. For now, I just want to share some of my photographs. I’m going to get much more. My hopes are to expand this gallery significantly. If you love birds or simply a nice walking trail, check this place out for sure.

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Wildlife Viewing in Washington State: Quinault Rain Forest Roosevelt Elk

How to Find the Quinault Rain Forest’s Roosevelt Elk Herd I don’t know many places in the state of Washington where you can watch Roosevelt elk as easily and reliably as you can in the Lake Quinault area. Specifically, there is a little stretch along North Shore Road where they seem to congregate most often. I can’t figure out how to show the area on Google Maps, but if you go east about 10 miles from the Lochaerie Resort pinned…

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The Best Indian Restaurants in Tacoma/Olympia Area

East India Grill is the Best Buffet in Tacoma/Federal Way Area Indian food is my favorite cuisine of all the world’s offerings. I’ve tried every restaurant within 50 miles of Tacoma, and many beyond. In terms of overall food quality, Olympia’s Curry Corner and the Little India Express in Freighthouse Square are worthy competitors for the top spots, but when it comes to the buffet, the best I’ve ever found is the East India Grill. I’ve eaten the East India buffet…

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Olympia, Washington—An Endless Procession of the Species

Come as You Are: Olympia Has One of the Most Eclectic Populations You’ll Ever Find Being the capital of Washington state, Olympia’s downtown sports a lot of political and business types. Mixed into them, however, is an even larger group of oddballs, outcasts, and freaks—basically, my kind of people. When I first moved to Olympia years ago, my first thought was that it was a sort of elephant graveyard for hippies, but that isn’t really accurate. Not fully, anyway. You’ve got…

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Hospitality and Relaxation at the Quinault River Inn in Amanda Park, Washington, Just a Stone’s Throw Away from Lake Quinault

  The Uncommonly Welcoming Quinault River Inn I arrived fifteen minutes after closing time to find the hosts at the Quinault River Inn still awake and waiting for my arrival. I’d called a couple hours earlier for an impromptu weekend getaway but hadn’t actually paid for the room yet. Despite this lack of financial or legal obligation, the hosts—Georgia’s own Jim and Angela Sowards—stayed late to make sure I got into my room. The wind and rain had been heavy…

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