Visiting Mount Rainier National Park in Washington is an excellent way to have a great time in the outdoors. This is an iconic place in the state and is recognized nationally for its beauty and history.
This one photo here from our last trip to Mt. Rainier isn’t from the spectacular Narada Falls, the peaceful Reflection Lake, nor from the much-visited visitor center at Paradise. This spot is a tunnel you pass through on the road to Paradise. It sits right next to a scenic attraction known as the Box Canyon of the Cowlitz.
When you get out at the Box Canyon of the Cowlitz you get treated to some beautiful views, including a look down into the narrow canyon filled with raging water from a historic stone bridge. There are a couple of short trails to follow, all very worthwhile. But, just across the bridge from the parking lot is this tunnel.
The tunnel is short and very rugged, having been carved right through the local rock wall. in addition to the two lane road going through it there’s also a sidewalk that assures you it’s fair game to enter on foot too. Walking through this tunnel is a very minor part of a visit to Mount Rainier National Park. The experience you get though is very memorable and unique.
Now, there was a sight I hadn’t seen too often. Right in front of me, a collapsed bridge. Can’t turn around without taking that photo!
Full disclosure: I didn’t actually just stumble on this bridge, I’d sought it out. I knew I would be driving over Stevens Pass so I spent some time on Google Earth exploring from above, looking for anything right off the highway that might be interesting. Then there it was, a road that appeared to end at Nason Creek and then start on the other side.
I love old bridges and the look of this really takes you back to a time when this kind of sight might’ve been a little more common. It was less than a mile off of Highway 2, so it wasn’t hard to get to either. I’m also not sure how long it’s been collapsed but it definitely doesn’t look recent.
There’s a line from a Robert Browning poem that says “a man’s reach should exceed his grasp”. With apologies to the famous poet, a roadtripper’s vision should view bridges he can never cross.
The ocean is a special place to visit. it doesn’t matter if it’s powdery and warm sand that stretches for miles or rugged coastline that hides coves, cliffs, and creeks. When I visit the ocean, I can occupy myself for hours just walking the beach. While I enjoy the scenery and the solitude, it’s also fun to look for little treasures brought up by the sea.
That’s what we’re looking at in this one photo taken during the last time we went to visit Pacific Beach and Moclips. Treasures from the sea! This is part of a larger display of floats washed up and found on the local beaches there. They’re out in front of the local Museum of the North Beach and include items that made it all the way across the Pacific Ocean from Japan following the tsunami that hit there in 2011.
I’ve been “lucky” enough during my visits to the beach to find one or two small floats. I can’t imagine finding this many.
Not too long ago we featured the very cool and very memorable North Cascades mural in Concrete, WA. This is a very cool small town worth visiting on the Cascade Loop. In today’s “One Photo”, we take another look at this mural, or at least a very small part of it.
The Concrete, WA mural is huge and very detailed, but what I liked about the part pictured above is that this is the spot in the mural that actually shows the building I’m standing in front of as I take the photo. This is the building that the mural is actually painted on. Wrapping my head around that, to me, gave the entire project a fun vibe. Thinking about it as you stand in front of the large painting, that you’re looking at a painting showing an aerial view of the building you’re looking at gets confusing in an illogical way. I found myself wishing there was a small person standing in front of the building looking up at it so I could say: hey, that’s me! Just one of the many things to love about such a great piece of public artwork.
Taking a closer look at: One Photo
Looking back at one photo taken during our visit to the Olympia area not too long ago, there are a couple of things going on that are interesting.
In the foreground, you can tell it’s low tide. The beach was pretty mucky that day and I was glad I had brought along a pair of old shoes.
In the center, I was actually taking photos seconds before when this bird flew in and landed pretty much right in the center of the frame.
In the distance a little bit further is an abandoned pier, the thing I was primarily interested in. It being in some stage of being reclaimed by the water of Puget Sound was very interesting. I asked a local there on the beach and he said that the pier was used long ago for a local mining operation. Barges would be tied up at the pier awaiting to be filled by carts bringing out the separated minerals. Some very interesting history.