Washington Places

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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Strange Conversation at Irely Lake, Olympic National Park

So it was I found myself on the shore of Irely Lake, talking out loud to a tree…and I’ll be damned if the tree didn’t talk back. It was one of those days of common desperation. Common for me, anyway, the man who never outgrows his existential angst. No matter how old I get, the nagging doubt remains. What am I supposed to be doing here? Why do the answers fade as fast as they arrive? Is there a reason…

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Introvert’s Hideaway at Packwood, Washington and the Las Wis Wis Campground

A Perfect Escape into Quietude If you’re a Washington state introvert looking for a quick weekend escape into relative solitude (as much as you can get without actually going into the back country), then I’ve got a place for you. Near the southern entrance into Mount Rainier National Park, there’s a little town named Packwood. A few miles beyond that, a National Forest Service campground named Las Wis Wis.   Packwood, as you can see above, isn’t Las Vegas. It’s a mellow…

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Tacoma, Washington: Glitz, Glamour, and Just the Right Amount of Grit

In Tacoma, History and Innovation Blend Seamlessly Come to Tacoma for beautiful historic landmarks standing right beside newly constructed museums and restaurants. Feel free to wear your best dress or your favorite pair of blue jeans. This city doesn’t ask anyone to put on any airs. As anybody who has lived in the Puget Sound Basin will attest, Tacoma has a bit of a reputation around these parts. Many see it as the Gotham City of the Pacific Northwest. In…

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