Where to Find Roosevelt Elk at Quinault

Roosevelt Elk at Quinault Lake Quinault and the Quinault Rain Forest provide some of the best outdoors recreation in the Pacific Northwest. They’re terrific for hiking, fishing, and viewing wildlife. Black bears, black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and cougar all inhabit the region. In my travels across the landscape (it’s my favorite spot in Washington and … Continue reading Where to Find Roosevelt Elk at Quinault

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 … Continue reading Strange Conversation at Irely Lake, Olympic National Park

Talking Bigfoot and Burgers at Cliff Droppers in Packwood, Washington

Packwood, Washington, is Bigfoot country. The whole White Pass corridor is, in fact. Years ago, a woman at the desk of the Seasons Motel in Morton, Washington, near the west end of Highway 12, told me that guests had flown all the way in from Germany for two weeks of searching for Bigfoot. It’s THAT … Continue reading Talking Bigfoot and Burgers at Cliff Droppers in Packwood, Washington

A Stay at the Cascade River House

A couple weeks ago I wrote about my Diablo Lake Trail and Skagit Trail¬†hikes. In the midst of that, I somehow forgot to write about my excellent stay at the Cascade River House. This must be remedied! The Cascade River House is located just outside¬†Marblemount, which, with its whopping population of roughly 200 people, is … Continue reading A Stay at the Cascade River House

Attack of the Giant Banana Slug!

There are few things in Washington state more majestic than the glorious banana slug. And yet…and yet…there are also few things more terrifying than that very same gigantic banana slug bearing down on you very, very, VERY slowly! Such is life, I suppose, a study in contrasts. A paradox, if you will. The very same … Continue reading Attack of the Giant Banana Slug!