Seattle

Why seattle? It seems like I’m there all the time. The purpose of this trip was to see a football game of Michigan vs Washington. They cancelled that game, but we still had tickets. We decided to head out on and check out the Pacific Northwest for a few days.

We arrived late on Friday evening into Seattle and stayed near the hotel.

Mount Saint Helens

Saturday we woke up and headed south to Mount Saint Helens. It was foggy most of the day, very thick. We stuck around and were presented to a beautiful day around 3pm when the fog had burned off.

Previously I had been to Windy Ridge Viewpoint, so this time we headed to Johnston Ridge Observatory. What a beautiful angle, especially with a mostly cloudless sky.

Portland and Olympic National Park

After Mount St. Helens, we headed down to Portland and to Multnomah Falls. Apparently they had some sort of reservation system running, and there was no place to park without a pass. We continued on and stopped at Bridal Veil Falls. Bill hiked down to check it out. I had already been down, so I sat in the car like a lazy bum.

We also visited the Latourell Falls as we headed down 30 towards Portland.

Sunday we woke up and headed north up the coast. First we headed to Astoria and then to Cape Disappointment. Unfortunately, the ocean was pretty well fogged in. There was not a lot to see along the coast, so we headed up to Olympic National Park. We saw the sunset up at Hurricane Ridge. Beautiful Pacific Northwest scene.

Mount Rainier National Park

Monday we headed to Mount Rainier National Park. We enjoyed a low to moderate crowd size and perfectly clear weather. It’s still impressive how big this mountain is.

We headed downtown to Seattle for a stop at my favorite tourist food, Ivars.

Whale Watching

On a former trip to the Pacific Northwest, I went with Island Adventures. They have an amazing policy of guaranteed whales, for a lifetime. So I was able to go again with my friend Bill. We were treated to an Orca pod of a mom and 2 sons. The pod traveled for approximately a mile before an abrupt direction change.

The whales started hunting and feeding right next to a shallow area. It was pretty exciting to watch. To top off the afternoon, we were treated to a minke whale. Island Adventures did a great job and wrote a blog post about it.