Pittock Mansion reopens in Portland

The Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) After an extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pittock Mansion in Portland's West Hills has reopened to smaller capacities. Tickets are timed and available online. Wearing masks during visits and distancing are required. Henry and Georgiana Pittock built the French Renaissance mansion on … Continue reading Pittock Mansion reopens in Portland

Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Piper's Creek at Carkeek Park in Seattle Photos by Cheryl Landes From November through January, the salmon return to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle after a long journey at sea. The journey marks the end of their life cycle and the start of a new one as they lay eggs in the creek. By the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: The Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens

A view from the Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens Photos by Cheryl Landes On May 18, 1980, when Mount St. Helens erupted, the blast deposited more than three billion cubic yards of sediment into the Toutle River Basin, covering 32 miles with an average depth of 150 feet. Mudflows filled the Cowlitz River … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens

Armchair photo tours: A trip to Mount St. Helens, 40 years post-eruption

Photos by Cheryl Landes May 20, 2020 marked the fortieth anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. I lived in Northeastern Oregon when the volcano erupted and still remember the experience like it was yesterday. The town of La Grande, where I lived, was on the southern fringe of the ash path. Our usual … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A trip to Mount St. Helens, 40 years post-eruption

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