Washington State

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

One of the hidden gems of the Pacific Northwest, at least for us anyway. After 27 years of living in Vancouver, just north of Portland, we visited for the first time recently. Unbeknownst to us we picked the perfect day. The Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is to the east of Mount Rainier near the town…

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Washougal MX Park

Nestled in the hills of Washougal, near the mighty Columbia River in Washington State, lies one of the finest motocross courses in the country. It is the home every year of an AMA National evemt, which draws tens of thousands of people from all over the world. I have attended quite a few events and…

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Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

One of my favorite places on earth, the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, offers endless opportunities to view nature in all its glory. Getting there early is recommended. Sunrises can be quite spectacular. The gates open automatically just before sunrise. The Refuge is open every day during daylight hours. Closing times for the automated gate are posted…

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Beacon Rock

One of the more popular hikes on the Washington side of the Gorge, this is definitely worth a visit! Beacon Rock is known for quality, challenging, technical rock climbing. The park’s 4,464 acres include 9,500 feet of Columbia River shoreline and forested uplands with 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails. The park…

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Lava Canyon

click on the below and use your mouse to navigate If you are feeling adventurous and want to experience something dramatic, without too much effort, Lava Canyon is the place to go. I have been there a few times by myself on weekdays. The experience was quite intense. The rushing water, dangerous drop-offs, the somewhat…

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Skamania Lodge

Skamania Lodge is a treasure located an hour east of Portland on the Washington side of the Gorge. I have stayed at most of the room types, including the big suite. Hosted several sales retreats there for a former employer and I highly recommend it for any type of event. A great restaurant and a…

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Mount Saint Helens – WA

So much to see, I recommend planning a full day to see all that this place has to share. Multiple visitor centers, viewpoints, and areas to explore. The first stop should be the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake. A museum and exhibits tell the story of the area, while very nice trails…

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Clark County Fair

What’s not to like about the Clark County Fair? With so much to do, see, and experience it is one of the Summer highlights of the Portland/Vancouver area. In 2018 the Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, Washington, celebrated it’s 150th anniversary. It is the largest single venue event in the Portland metro area for family entertainment….

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Lacamas Lake

This 312-acre park has fishing, hiking and recreational opportunities, with bass, bluegill and perch in the waters of Round Lake. There also are excellent bird-watching areas around the park, and the upland forests support a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, beavers, coyotes, osprey, bald eagles and many other birds. The park has numerous opportunities…

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