in the NW began with a visit to Canada, specifically, the ski resort
of Whistler. This is a wonderful place to visit in the summer, and
it looks to have some excellent skiing in the winter. However, do
save your pennies, 'cause it is not cheap. The first day I went
on a Float plane ride over
the Pemberton Ice Cap, supposedly the nearest Ice Cap to Alaska!
This is a view of an area that must have snow most of the year,
though it cannot be permanent, because of the trees.
took a trip to the top of Blackcomb Mountain in the Whistler/Blackcomb
resort. That is Whistler behind me. In the way up on a series of
chair lifts and a bus, I saw a mother Black
Bear and her cubs, and also a very large Marmot.
There was still a lot of people skiing, though mostly schools for
training advanced skiers.
next stop was Victoria on Vancouver Island, the capitol of British
Columbia. My Aunt Jean and I visited the beautiful Butchart
Gardens. This is a picture of the sunken garden. There is also
a lovely Japanese garden, and the old aviary has been turned into
a wonderful display of Rose Begonias.
see the pictures and stories, click on this picture, and it will
take you to a 4th July page.
have been spending a couple of weeks with my Aunt Jean in Gig Harbor.
A beautiful town at the south end of the Puget Sound. The most startling
feature is the way Mt Ranier suddenly rises to over 14,000 feet
above the Sound. Quite spectacular. The
view from Jean's deck is pretty neat as well. The mountain range
on the background is The Cascades
trip to Eastern Washington was to a resort called Sunbanks Resort.
I had so much fun there, and took so many pictures that I have created
a second page. Click on the picture to go there.
||I thought my family
would like some views of Alison's home, so you can click on the
image to see the front of the house. Click here
for a view of the picket fence at the front. And here
for a view of the back yard from the tree fort. Finally, to make
up for missing the 4th July picture, here
is a picture of all the girls. Natasha, Narissa, and Brissy the
||On 24th and 25th July
Jean and I went around the Olympic Peninsular to see some fantastic
scenery. This is a
panoramic view from the top of the ridge I
climbed. It will take 4 mins to download at 28.8.kps, but is
worth the wait. It was quite an energetic walk which took 2 hours
to cover just 4 miles, of which 1,600 feet was straight up! I was
even above the snow at one point!
I saw a Chipmunk, but it was too quick for a photo! But this beautiful
Mountain Lilly was not! Jean allowed a
photograph of her with the beautiful scenery as a back drop.
We also visited a Rain Forest. At the point we visited they had
up to 150 " of rain per year! They have huge
Western Red Cedar trees. I also learnt about how fallen logs
act as nurseries for new trees, and how this affects the roots.
Here is a row of trees growing
off a still discernable log, followed by an older
tree with the nurse log having gone. The
forest was like something out of Lord of the Rings, with all
the hanging moss. Finally, on our
way back, we stopped for lunch at Kalaloch, where I could walk on
The final part of
the trip in the North-West included a visit to a Native American
Resort called Kha-Nee-Ta. It is in the High Sierra's in Eastern
Oregon. We "enjoyed" temperatures reaching 110 deg.
F, or 43 deg C.!!! It was really too hot to do anything, except
swimming. The scenery is stunning. Desert brush sage, so very
stark, but this view
from our room gives you some idea of the terrain, but gives
you no idea of scale. I recommend a visit, but avoid July and
August. As we left, I managed to get this
view of the valley.