The Tyrant Lizard Kings of Montana

Despite those stumpy little arms the Tyrannosaurus rex (tyrant lizard king) must have been an awesome beast when roaming the earth some 65 million years ago. Even today when you come face to face with all those huge teeth its hard not to think about the damage this thing could have unleashed on its dinosaur prey including…

KPRK in Livingston

Not quite as catchy as WKRP in Cincinnati but what a cool looking Art Moderne style building KPRK Radio (1340 AM) operated out of in Livingston, Montana from 1947 until very recently! Sadly it appears to be more or less abandoned now, as they have moved to new digs but at least the futuristic looking building is…

An Epic 12 Hours

Depart Seattle aboard a Victoria Clipper whale watching cruise at 8:15am bound for Friday Harbor and the San Juan Islands. Let 12 hours of epic adventure unfold… This cruise had it all – perfect weather, plenty of wonderful scenery, amazing wildlife and even some aircraft action overhead for good measure. A perfect day for me!

Seattle Day & Night

My favourite place to view Seattle is from Kerry Park. With the sun slowly setting on a good summers day like this recent one, you can get a spectacular view across the city, the Space Needle, Elliot Bay and the mighty Mount Ranier off in the distance.

Crater Lake National Park – Down by the Water

So blue, so clean, so cold… To gain access to the lake you need to take the Cleetwood Cove trail. It starts at the northern end of the Crater Lake National Park East Rim Drive.  Be sure to stop somewhere before the trail though to take in the view above Cleetwood Cove. Now it’s pretty easy-going down…

Crater Lake National Park – The Phantom Ship

The other island of Crater Lake, the Phantom  Ship seems to just be sailing away. That “small sailboat” is in fact the height of a 16 story building and being made of 400,000 year old erosion resistant lava rock, it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon! Beautiful to look at though!

Crater Lake National Park – Wizard Island

Possibly one of the coolest named landmarks in a national park is Wizard Island which dominates the western rim of Crater Lake National Park. It sits there proudly rising out of the water with its Witches Cauldron crater sitting at the top to remind you it’s actually a remainder of a volcanic cinder cone. The island and…

Crater Lake National Park – Stunning!

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is a place I have wanted to visit for many years. I remember flying over it on a passenger flight from LA to Seattle a few years back and looking down in wonder. Now I have finally been to the lake, stood on the massive volcanic rim and felt how…

Alki Point Lighthouse

I recently wandered by the U.S. Coast Guard operated Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle and noticed they were running tours.  I joined one for a great little tour run by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The original light station was established here  in 1887. Back then it was literally just a small lamp…

Deception Pass Bridge

After decades of lobbying from locals, a steel bridge was finally constructed in one year between August 1934 and July 1935, to join Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island which was already connected to the mainland of Washington. The construction of the bridge was ambitious during the Great Depression but for the cost of $420,000, what became the Deception Pass…

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

Located within Fort Casey Historical State Park in the Coupeville area of Whidbey Island in Washington state, Admiralty Head Lighthouse was first constructed in 1890, then rebuilt in 1903. The brick lighthouse only had a short career being deactivated in 1922 and later used as a building for the training of working dogs by the army….