Big Fish in a Little Stream
Although the creek is closed to fishing, you can fish the mouth of the creek.

Big Fish in a Little Stream

Anyone who lives in the Pacific Northwest is familiar with the migration of the different species of Salmon. What did surprise me recently was the the size of the water these amazing fish are willing to attempt swimming up to breed. My childhood handmade sailboat wouldn’t float in the amount of water we’re talking here?

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Driving Hurricane Ridge

Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration when I compare the Obstruction Point drive to Bolivia’s death road, but not by much. Or at least, not in some sections where you have a drop of hundreds of feet with no room to pass an oncoming car. Just ask my passengers!

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A Run At Palouse Falls
A close up of Palouse Falls. Beautiful but deadly as well.

A Run At Palouse Falls

Although only separated by a short drive, eastern and western Washington couldn’t be on more opposite sides of the spectrum; cool wet temperate rain forests vs. dry, hot desert. However, a visit to this desert has been on my to-do list for some time and I was anxious to explore and camp  over on this side of the mountains, plus there was the added bonus of a visit to the famous Palouse Falls.

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Horse of a Different Color
Feeding up and personal. Photograph by Steve Weileman.

Horse of a Different Color

For all we have in common Theresa and I couldn’t have more different backgrounds. She was riding a horse long before she had a drivers license where I was soloing sailboats offshore. Our first multi-day paddle together she complained that her, “utter wasn’t working”; our first horseback ride I complained I needed a ‘mainsheet and rudder’ to control this beast.

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Search For An Unnamed Waterfall
This drainage led us to some incredible old growth forest. Photo Credit: Theresa Weileman

Search For An Unnamed Waterfall

The sign stated that the private tree farm was closed to motor vehicles but opened to foot traffic. So, if we wanted to find our unnamed waterfall that meant hoofing the last 1.5 miles on foot. The thing that worried me was the high voltage wire crackling above the FJ.

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Round 2 with Rocky
A view of Jefferson Lake located in the Olympic National Forest near the Hamma Hamma River.

Round 2 with Rocky

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on Rocky Brook Falls while out with friends. See Incredible Waterfall Hidden Right Under My Nose. We spent a fair amount of time photographing the Rocky Brook Falls but I wasn’t feeling satisfied. While flying my Mavic I noticed that there was a second fall behind the one we could see from below. I wanted to get to that second fall and looking at the maps I found a forest road that might make it possible. Plus this was something Theresa needed to see!

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Incredible Waterfall Hidden Right Under My Nose
Not hard to believe that this is one of only two temperate Rain Forests in the world. Photo Credit: Steve Weileman

Incredible Waterfall Hidden Right Under My Nose

I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve driven past this unassuming trail-head. Nothing outstanding or unusual about it; identical to the hundreds, if not thousands, I’ve gone by every weekend here in the Pacific Northwest. But this one had a secret, a spectacular secret; Rocky Brook Falls.

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Super Full Moon On New Years
Officers row which was featured in the movie, "An Officer and a Gentlemen". Photograph by Steve Weileman (www.xexplore.com)

Super Full Moon On New Years

Having just returned from Vancouver we were feeling the need to get back outdoors for our next holiday; New Years. As such we hooked up the A122 pop-up and headed north towards…

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