One of the mamma Douglas Fir squirrels the native squirrel asking for more peanuts!!!
This was a long planned trip starting in Tumwater WA and going through Enumclaw WA to the Green river area. From there we took forest service roads to the 410 HWY near Nile WA and then on up to Bethel Ridge. From Bethel Ridge we went to White Pass via HWY 12 and on home. The four photos below are provided by Steve.
So I am having fun with some images and Paint shop Pro 2018.
This one is an image from a trip to Capitol Forest taken last year and was a fun project!
This one is from a recent trip over Stampede pass with a friend, I had always wanted to make this trip since I found out there was a useable route from Greenwater to I 90!
So Steve and I took most of the day starting with breakfast at Chick Fil A in Puyallup WA then on to Greenwater and turned off at NF 70 to come out at Easton and Hwy ! 90. It was pavement for a while and then gravel roads and more gravel roads up to 5,000 feet elevation and back down to around 2,000 feet elevation. It was a lot of fun and Steve has a true GPX of the main road now so he will explore spur roads and other points of interest on his motor cycle. For another time we lost some railroad tracks on the I 90 side of the trip but we will figure out where they are hiding!!
This was the best scenic area for taking pictures on the whole trip and the fog burned off just at the right time for Mount Rainier to be visible with some low clouds hanging on.
Steve caught me getting out of the Jeep.
Three action shots in the same area just for fun.
And a copy of our route for the day almost 49 miles of gravel roads.
So I took a friend and went first to Porter Creek campground so he could see if his car would make it and if it was a place he could camp with family then we went on to Rock Candy Mountain as I had never been all the way to the top. We came across this rock quarry on the way and took a short break and took a few pictures. The trip to the top was interesting but all views were blocked by tree tops!!!
So we traveled 3123 miles from home going to mount Rushmore via Walla Walla WA then through Lolo Pass and the Clear Water river to Montana. Our goal was to see mount Rushmore and the badlands and we also went to Deadwood and Bear Country USA.
Before reaching Walla Walla WA we came upon this view point where the Walla Walla River joined the Columbia river.
Leaving Walla Wall WA we entered Idaho and Lolo Pass where we had the Clear Water river along side of the road for most of the trip.
Here is the first stop in South Dakota the Iconic Mount Rushmore exhibit.
Next stop was the Badlands Still in South Dakota.
And last but not least one of the Tetons Peaks leaving Wyoming on the way home
The CCC (Civilian Conservation Core) during the war at the end of the depression when there were not enough jobs built ten earthen dams near Beaver Utah that are still functional today. On the far right of this photograph you can see the earthen dam still doing its job years later!
The back story is one of my co-workers from around the end of the late sixties saw some of the pictures of one of these lakes I took while visiting my father. At that time he was pushing 50, but he got all excited and told me in his youth he had worked on those dams while in the CCC, it is a small world!!
Sharon my Dad and myself visited a few of them (they are spread out over miles of forest lands). So on our last trip there we visited 5 lakes for old times sake and it brought back some good memories. In this picture is the Face of The Mountain in the background as Dad called it where there is a ski resort and many miles of Jeep trails to explore.
Replaced the net style door pockets (why Jeep used them is beyond me) with custom made hard pockets. Only did the front passenger and driver side door pockets as the others are not ready to throw away yet. Makes a real difference in appearance and holds things safely in place. About a twenty minute project using a sharp knife and small sharp scissors to remove the netting, no tools required to install the new pockets except patience.
Another image from our trip to Mount Rainier WA of one of many ridges visible through the trees! There are so many things to see and enjoy on this mountain that you could spend weeks there and not see it all.