Page 5 of Along the way Travel Blog Posts

We have been on the peninsula for almost a week. We have had a great time exploring the area. After the crab trapping which only yielded the one small crab we decided to drive north on the peninsula along the eastern shore toward Port Angeles. Beautiful drive through forested area folloing the Hood Canal most of the way. Had lunch at the Dockside Restaurant at the marina in Sequim. Delicious! David had a fried fish filet sandwich. I had the bouilliabase which had salmon, shrimp, scallops, oysters and clams. We then went to Graymarsh Farms where you can pick your own berries or lavendar. A field of lavendar in bloom is a sight to behold. We picked raspberries (best I've ever had), loganberries and blackberries and bought a bunch of lavendar as well as 2 artichokes. ... read more
Lavendar Field
David in the Rainforest
Quinalt Rainforest

We arrived at our campground on the Olympic Peninsula yesterday afternoon. We are in a campround looking across the Hood Canal. Beautiful view and just a short walk to their dock and the canal. It is very hot - over 100 degrees today which is unusual here so we didn't do too much. It is supposed to be cooler by Friday, hopefully. It is also the first day of crab trapping/fishing so David bought a license and got a crab trap from the campground and tried his luck. These are small crabs and only need to be over 5" to keep. So far today he caught one that is 6" and a keeper. We had it as an appetizer for dinner. Not much to eat on a 6" red crab, but tasty just the same. Don't ... read more
The mighty fisherman!
Doe and Fawn

North America » United States » Washington » Spokane July 28th 2009

We have been busy enjoying Idaho and Washington during the last week. After leaving Glacier Park we drove to Coeur d'Alene, ID. Beautiful city next to a very large lake (Lake Coeur d'Alene) which empties into the Spokane River. They have about 23 miles of bicycle and walking trails starting on the lake and running through the edge of the downtown area and then along the Spokane River. The trail goes all the way to the Idaho/Washington border where it connects with the Washington Centennial Trail which goes for 37 miles along the river, through the city and then through Riverside State Park. Some hills, but nothing major since both of these trails primarily follow the river bed. Beautiful views, in the countryside part of the time and in pine forest at the western end of ... read more
Spokane Falls
Another picture of Spokane Falls
Spokane River in the Riverside State Park Area

Today was our last day at Glacier and what a day we had. We decided to go for distance over elevation and walked the trail along the north side of Lake McDonald. It was mostly level with just a few elevation changes, but meant walking 3 miles from Apgar to the trailhead, 6 miles on the trail and then about 3 miles back to the highway to catch the shuttle bus back to where we left the car. It was quite a trek (12 miles total if you didn't add the numbers), but well worth it. We started by going through a burned area left from a major fire in 2003. Dramatic from the fire damage, but also filled with wild flowers and lots of green growth since plenty of sunlight without the trees. We started ... read more
They're everywhere!
Mountain View from Lake McDonald Trail

Greetings from Glacier National Park! Next year will be their 100th anniversary and they are already starting the celebration. The park is as beautiful now as it was when we were last here 37 years ago. A new feature which is great is a shuttle bus system that runs east and west across the park. Cuts down on traffic across the park and makes it possible to go on the Going to the Sun Highway and across Logan Pass at 6646 ft. without driving. Makes it much easier to see the spectacular views. We drove it on Wednesday since we wanted to get to the Many Glacier area which doesn't have shuttle bus access. David is riding the shuttle today so he can see the view. Can't take your eyes off the road to enjoy it ... read more
A mountain view near Logan Pass
Another view from Logan Pass
David at Avalanche Lake

North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls July 14th 2009

Welcome to the first edition of the Paulsen travels in the summer of 2009. I am a little slow getting started with the blog this year so will do some catchup with this first message. Our summer travels started in May when we traveled to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for our son Neil's wedding. Had a great 10 days of lying on the beach, enjoying the wonderful food and a beautiful wedding celebration. We came home and spent a hectic two weeks finishing up work items and getting ready for our summer trip to Montana and Washington. We loaded the camper and left Boulder City on June 24 heading north. We spent the first week visiting family and friends, doing some family history work and getting some kayaking in as well. I then spent a week in Great ... read more
Neil and Suzanne
The Paulsens at the Wedding
Kayaking in Montana

North America » United States » Montana » Helena July 25th 2008

We continue our way across the state. In addition to the great scenery and fun activities we have spent the last week visiting with family and friends. We made a four day stop in Bozeman where we visited my Aunt Izzy and a high school friend Betty and her husband Nick. We are now in Helena where we are visiting my Aunt Jessie, Cousin Judy and a school friend Sherry. Have had a great time catching up on the news and reconnecting with old friends. Along the way we bicycled across the Yellowstone Valley and along the Yellowstone River near Big Timber. We also visited Prairie Dog State Park where we spent some time just watching these critters. From there we moved on to Lewistown where we spent a great day kayaking on Crystal Lake in ... read more
Kayaking on Crystal Lake
Beautiful Wild Flowers
Looking Across The Madison Valley Near Ennis, MT

North America » United States » Montana » Billings July 16th 2008

Yesterday we traveled the Cooke City Highway. Driving south from Billings and through Red Lodge we made a 54 mile loop through the Bear Tooth Mountains. We went through Bear Tooth Pass at 10, 497 ft. elevation and then down into a beautiful mountain valley and then through Dead Indian Pass at 8048 ft elevation. The drive up to the first pass was a little scary - approximately the last 10 miles continuous switchbacks at 20 mph on a narrow road with no shoulder and no guard rails. Fantastic views if you can stand to look out the window and down into the valley. We then traversed a high plateau where we saw mountain goats, alpine lakes and summer snowpack. The second pass was much easier. The pictures tell it better than words. Although they don't ... read more
Panorama of the Bear Tooth Mountains
At the summit!
The High Mountain Valley

North America » United States » Montana » Billings July 15th 2008

The last two weeks have been busy. On June 28 David met our daughter Sarah in Billings for a week at a dinosaur dig north of Billings. They had a great time with lots of hard work, but they both found a bone. This is Sarah’s second time at a dig in Montana and David’s first (but probably not his last). While they were digging in the dirt I stayed in Great Falls to visit with high school friends and family. I also did a lot of knitting including making a pair of felted clog slippers. This last week has been technologically challenging. We had one day with no cell phone or internet service in northern Montana for 12 hours due to a break (?) in the line. The rest of the week we have been ... read more
Dinner in Fort Benton
Makoshika State Park
The Attack Bird!

North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls July 1st 2008

We are overdue with an entry, but have been busy this week visiting with family and friends and visiting old familiar sights since we are about 20 miles from where I grew up. The weather has been gorgeous most of the time, but it was in the high 90's yesterday which made for a lot of conversation among the locals about how unbearably hot it was. It will be back in the 80's today. There is a great River Trail that follows the Missouri River through Great Falls. You follow the river through the city and out into the open country. You also go pass 2 of the 5 dams in this area. After many years of very low river flow the water is high with water cascading over the dams. Great sight to see. We ... read more
Giant Springs
Missouri River
Indian Pishkun

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