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Rare Air Episode 15: Tongue Point, Washington, Part Three


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Our friends Richard and Heidi Campbell of Boone were other big inspirations for this trip. A couple of years earlier, they and their kids had spent many months settled in Christchurch, New Zealand, and afterward, they shared a photo album with us from their travels. I can still recall the powerful envy I felt seeing them in those heavenly natural locations, where geography defies the imagination, and everywhere one sees water, the heart’s desire is magnetically attracted to be right there. Among those images were tumultuous landscapes pacified by blue and white waves, and something about the tidal pools struck especially deep chords in me.

Of all the National Parks listed in my Stone Road Press guide book, Olympic is the one that seemed to match the picturesque grandeur of New Zealand most closely. That perception locked-up my initial vote… but as our plans took shape and time marched forward to the trip, I was absolutely intrigued by the idea that we were going to the Northwestern-most point of the continental United States. Read more

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June 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2016 photo from our trip to Kalaloch Beach in Washington. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 14: Tongue Point, Washington, Part Two

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Looking back, it seems like fate drew us to Washington State and Olympic National Park in 2014. It all started when we were in Isle of Palms, which is near Charleston, South Carolina, the week after Christmas in 2012. That was the year of our family’s first National Parks tour; all of that had happened earlier that summer. With the kids, we’d decided that we would schedule our next National Parks tour for 2014, and one place we were intending to go was Glacier National Park. While loitering in Barnes and Noble that December, I purchased a new book: “Your Guide to the National Parks” from Michael Joseph Oswald and Stone Road Press (2012).

I found Glacier very quickly in the book, and worked outward from there, imagining how we might spend up to a few weeks visiting that international treasure and others in its area. Soon enough, Read more

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April 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2014 photo from our trip to Salt Creek Recreation Area in Washington. Read more

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February 2016 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2014 photo from our trip to Salt Creek Recreation Area in Washington. Read more

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December 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: 2014 photo from our trip to Olympic National Park in Washington. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 8 and May 2015 desktop calendar

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From my journal on 6/19/14: “Yesterday, everyone was very worn out from the camping experience. We drove up to the Hoh Rainforest, but decided not to enforce any ‘extended walks’ – or ‘fudgecicles’ as we have come to call them, since the kids perk up so nicely whenever we use that word instead of saying ‘hikes.’ On the way down from that drive, we stopped by the Hoh River for lunch and to stretch our legs…” Read more

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