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Highrocks Lookout Site
Jumbo Mountain Site Exploration
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookout sites in Washington.
Platts Lookout Site
Granite Peak Harstine Island Nannie Ridge Mount Washburn
More Former Lookouts - Cascades
Two near Mt. Baker, two in the Gifford Pinchot.
Goat Ridge Lookout Site
Nannie Ridge Lookout Site
Church Mountain Lookout Site
Goat Mountain Lookout Site
Trip includes 4 More Washington State Parks visited
McMicken Island State Park
Jarrell Cove State Park
Hope Island State Park
Harstine Island Kayak Trip
Stretch Point State Park
Often referred to as the poor mans San Juan's, kayaking in the Southwest Puget Sound can offer an excellent paddling experience.
Granite Peak - Montana State Highpoint
The highest peak in the state of Montana is Granite Peak, located in the south central part of the state in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. It is considered one of the hardest state highpoints, and it was my last state highpoint to do of any difficulty.
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The Hike To The Base
Mount Washburn - Yellowstone National Park
One of the best viewpoints in Yellowstone National Park is a hike to the top of Mount Washburn, the most central summit in the park. Although the park would list it as strenuous for its visitors, for most hikers it would be considered easy. The summit offers panoramic views of about 20 to 50 miles in all directions, including the Teton Range to the far south.
Monument Geyser Basin
There was also time for this short hike in the park....
Troop 333
hahobas Tumac
Troop 333 - Guy Richards Pictures
I've been looking to do this for a long time. I've scanned several years worth of slides from my old Troop 333 campouts. Its been lots of fun to look back and see the kinds of things we did and remind myself of the early years when the mountains were still mysterious. This is when the backcountry adventures began, as well as when the learning curve was its most extreme. Getting hypothermia at least once, sleeping bags falling off packs, broken gear, inadequate gear, so glad to have learned it all here before I got into the even more adventurous stuff later on.
Tumac Mountain
Located on the high plateau between White Pass and Bumping Lake, in an area known for many lakes and meadows is a cinder cone volcano. The volcano is located all alone far removed from other mountains so it has over 1,100 feet of prominence. Tumac Mountain was named after two Macs, McDuff and McAdam, Scottish sheepherders.
West Fork Tilton Fire Lookout
The specific location of the West Fork Tilton lookout could have easily disappeared without a trace. Thankfully, the lookout site views were photographed in 1934. After several hours of comparison work on Google Earth, I found the location located at a 4-way road intersection.
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Graybeard Peak
Graybeard Peak
Graybeard Peak is a pyramid shape summit off the North Cascades Highway, accessed from the Easy Pass Trail. Maps just show the summit as Point 7965. Although the peak is in the vicinity of many of the top 100 highest Washington peaks, it didn't make the list. But, it does have over 1,000 feet of prominence and makes it onto Washington's Top 100 Steepest Peaks List.
Scottish Lakes High Camp
Located adjacent to National Forest and close to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Scottish Lakes High Camp offers cabins and activities at an elevation of 5,000 feet, which is getting close to tree line in the Cascades. This unique retreat is accessed in the winter by 8 miles of private logging road. For guests, High Camp will take you by vehicle, snowmobile or both depending on snow conditions. Once at camp, you can ski or snowshoe into some very nice terrain taking in views of pretty dramatic scenery.
McCue Ridge Lookout Site
Located at an obscure location low on McCue Ridge, this lookout was built in 1931 and used until sometime in the 1950's. Photos show it was a L-4 cab on top of a 40 foot tower made of timbers cut from the area. We are also lucky to have photo survey panoramas taken on Oct 3, 1934 showing the view in all directions. The lookout location at has re-grown its forest so views are very limited. Although, in 2014, the Chiwaukum Creek Fire burned over the ridge allowing some limited viewing of distant peaks.
Highrocks McCue Ridge Scottish Lakes Doty Lookout Kitsap Lookout South Mountain
More Former Lookouts - Willapa Hills
Squally Jim Lookout Site
Doty Lookout Site
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookout sites in Washington.
Trap Creek Lookout Site
More Former Lookouts - Northern Olympics
Striped Peak Lookout Site
Kitsap Lookout
Chasing the quest to visit all 700+ former lookout sites in Washington.
Foothills Firefinder
South Mountain
The western front of the Olympic Mountains terminates at the southern end at South Mountain. The mountain is full of metal towers and only reaches a mere 3,070 feet but with over 1,600 feet of prominence and nothing to the south, you'll think you are way higher. Add a little history like a former fire lookout and easy low elevation access for winter hiking and South Mountain is a desirable destination for anyone's list.
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Eastern Caribbean Cruise
If you are looking for a Caribbean cruise, the most opportunities exist in the Eastern Caribbean sail. Usually starting out of San Juan - Puerto Rico, these cruises can easily hit a island port each day of your cruise. Each day is an exciting new destination. Some passengers even suggest there isn't enough sail days! The islands of the Eastern Caribbean are advantageous over the nearby Bahamas cruises if you enjoy lush vegetation and greater topography like mountains and rolling hills.
St. Croix
St. Croix is known for beach resorts and numerous water related recreational activities. The island is just 22.7 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point, with two main towns Christiansted and Frederiksted.
St. Thomas
Saint Thomas is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea. It was acquired from the Danish in 1917 when the U.S. purchased the Danish West Indies for 25 million in gold. Today, St. Thomas is a major tourist destination.
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a mix of Spanish, Caribbean and American culture. San Juan is similar to the States but small towns, villages, and a rugged mountainous interior is nothing like the mainland.
Montserrat Volcano Tour
Montserrat is a British Territory Caribbean island, part of the Lesser Antilles chain. It is most known for the Soufriere Hills volcano that erupted in 1995 and continues to have episodes. There have been five periods of lava flow, explosive activity and pyroclastic flows. The eruptions have caused significant damage to the south of the island and destroyed the town of Plymouth, which now is the only volcanic-buried town in the Americas.
Grenada is a three island state: Grenada, Carriacou, &Petite Martinique. Grenada is the largest at 12 miles wide and 21 miles long. The highest point is Mount Saint Catherine at 2,757 feet. One third of the worlds nutmeg supply comes from Grenada. Known as The Spice Isle, many other spices, fruits, and vegetables are grown, as well as cocoa.
Gros Piton Climb
Anytime the Southern Caribbean is on showcase, an image of the iconic Pitons will be displayed. They are located on the west coast of the island nation of St. Lucia. With nearly 3,000 feet of near vertical rise out of the sea, the pyramid shape of Gros Piton and Petit Piton are powerful displays of topography, and to a peakbagger, something that must be done. The highest and most climbed is Gros Piton.
San Juan National Historic Site
Old San Juan
Luquillo Beach
Isla Verde Beach
El Yunque National Forest
St. Lucia
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