Armchair photo tours: A fall view of Mount Rainier from the Tanwax Country Chapel viewpoint

Fall colors at the Tanwax Country Chapel near Eatonville, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes On a clear, sunny day in Western Washington, the cliche, "breathtaking views", is definitely appropriate. Add some fall color, and these views are mind-blowing. Recently during a drive along Washington State Route 7 south of Olympia, we found one such view … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A fall view of Mount Rainier from the Tanwax Country Chapel viewpoint

Armchair photo tours: A hike at the Exit Glacier Visitor Center near Seward

The Exit Glacier Visitor Center near Seward, Alaska Photos by Cheryl Landes During the late Pleistocene era, a sheet of ice 2,500 feet thick filled Resurrection Bay. The ice carved a basin in the ocean floor that extends more than 40 miles into the Gulf of Alaska. Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National ParkĀ is … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A hike at the Exit Glacier Visitor Center near Seward

Armchair photo tours: A drive along the Resurrection River from Seward to the Exit Glacier Visitor Center

A view of the mountains and the Resurrection River during the drive from Seward, Alaska, to the Exit Glacier Visitor Center in Kenai Fjords National Park Photos by Cheryl Landes The 12-mile drive along the Resurrection River from Seward to the Exit Glacier Visitor Center is filled with panoramic views of mountains, water, and forests … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A drive along the Resurrection River from Seward to the Exit Glacier Visitor Center

Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Photos by Cheryl Landes Continued from the armchair photo tour, A flight from Anchorage to Katmai National Park and Preserve We landed at Brooks Camp at the Katmai National Park and Preserve at 12:10 p.m. The copilot unloaded our lunches and went ahead of us to store them in the food cache and reserve viewing … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Photos by Cheryl Landes Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is among many rugged wilderness areas in Alaska with vibrant ecosystems. There are no roads, so a plane or boat is the only way to travel there. The national park protects the ancestral homelands of the Dena'ina people, and it's at the head of the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Armchair photo tours: A ride on The Cog to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire

Photos by Cheryl Landes In the 1860s, tourism became popular in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire because of the rapid growth of rail travel in the Northeast. By the end of the decade, there were hundreds of hotels and inns in the region, including two on the summit of Mount Washington, the highest … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A ride on The Cog to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire