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December 19, 2014

United States: San Francisco’s Financial District


The old and the new in San Francisco's Financial District

The old and the new in San Francisco’s Financial District

San Francisco is a city of distinctive neighborhoods. Each area of the city has it own character and its own appeal. As in all cities, some districts are harder to love than others. San Francisco’s Financial District, with its shaded streets between its tall buildings won’t win a casual popularity contest. But if you look closer, the Financial District is more interesting than it deserves to be. Amongst the modern steel and glass monoliths are remnants of the post 1906 earthquake rebuild. The older buildings, the Neo-gothic high-rises and ornate bank buildings of the 1920’s, elegantly hold their place amongst the modern buildings. Oddly, in San Francisco’s Financial District, the old and the new look as if to belong together. (more…)

November 17, 2013

United States: San Francisco


San Francisco Cable Car Museum

San Francisco Cable Car Museum

Our visits to new cities often come with maniacal attempts to see it all.  As we never know for sure that we will be able to return we try to see all the main sights while we can.  But (more…)

January 11, 2012

Mountain Biking: Black Rock Oregon

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Bonzai Downhill

Outside of rural Falls City Oregon is the Black Rock Mountain Bike Area.   Since 2002 BRMBA members have built a network of trails under the Oregon Department of Forestry Management Plan.  The result has been anointed as an IMBA epic. It is perhaps the best web of full on free ride flow trails in the United State’s Pacific Northwest.

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January 4, 2012

Mt. St. Helens: Lava Canyon and Ape Cave


Near Windy Ridge Spirit Lake is still jammed with dead trees left from the 1980 eruption. Mt. Rainier appears over the ridge.

Most visitors to Mt. St. Helens approach the National Monument from Castle Rock Washington.  Highway 504 takes tourists from the Interstate 5 corridor to the Coldwater and Johnston Ridge vantage (more…)

December 29, 2011

Mt. St. Helens: Plains of Abraham/Ape Canyon


Mt. St. Helens signature mountain biking ride is a combination of two trails.  Ape Canyon Trail climbs on a ridge above its namesake canyon.  Named for a purported Bigfoot sighting in 1924, the canyon is a (more…)

Mount Saint Helens: The Climb


Climbing Mt. St. Helens is just a walk in the forest down low.

Periodically the notion of climbing a mountain sparks through our synapses. Usually good sense prevails. The painful pounding reality of the effort required to reach the top of some remote mountain quickly tempers the overactive enthusiasm. This time we made an exception. Mt. St. Helens was just too interesting not to climb.

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November 25, 2011

Mount St Helens, Lewis River Trail

Filed under: MTB Travel, Northwest United States, Photography, The List, Travel — anotherheader @ 9:13 pm

Lower Falls on the Lewis River (HDR)

A return visit to Cougar Washington, near the Mount St. Helens Volcanic National Monument, came with two preset missions.  We had reserved a slot to climb, or at least attempt to climb, the volcano. (more…)

November 23, 2011

National Parks: Mt. Rainier


Flowing water inside Rainier National Park (HDR)

Next up on our National Park tour was historic Mount Rainier.  Established in 1899, Rainier is the fifth area to be designated as a National Park in the United States. Today Rainier, not far from metropolitan Seattle Washington, is a (more…)

November 8, 2011

National Parks: Olympic


On the tip of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, more or less due west of Seattle, sits Olympic National Park.  Just north of Olympic, across the Juan de Fuca Strait, is Canada’s Vancouver Island.  After an (more…)

August 22, 2011

National Parks: North Cascades

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North Cascades Highway approaches North Cascades National Park

Did you know that North Cascades is one of United States 58 National Parks?  I didn’t, at least I didn’t before we started planning our mission to reach all of the (more…)

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