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The Time My Mom Was Right

Planning a day trip to Mount Rainier from Seattle is a great outdoor option, especially in the summer. See how beautiful it is and plan a family trip.

“But Mom, it’s so far away and we’re spending so much time in the car already,” I said, annoyed that she would even bring up the option of driving to Mount Rainier for a day.  We were in the midst of planning a family get-together for after my Olympic Peninsula trip ended and before my parents’ trip to Vancouver …

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Kayaking the Channel Islands, California’s Unknown National Park

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Eighteen million people live within sixty miles of Channel Islands National Park but that’s nothing compared to the number of animals that make their home there. Just like the Galapagos, long-term isolation created a home for unique animals and plants.  The Channel Islands and the surrounding waters are preserved the way coastal southern California once …

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