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: Watching the sunset at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia

The start of a beautiful sunset from Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia Photos by Cheryl Landes Kennesaw Mountain is an 1,808-foot mountain ridge between Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia. Eighteen miles trails cross forests of oak, hickory, and pine, some of which end at sweeping views of the surrounding area. On clear days, Atlanta's skyline is visible 24 … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Watching the sunset at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia

Visit any open Washington State Park for free two days in November

An ocean view from Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Entry fees to all open Washington State Parks are free on Veterans Day, November 11, and the day after Thanksgiving, November 27. These are the last two days in 2020 when Washington State Parks will have free admission days. For … Continue reading Visit any open Washington State Park for free two days in November

Armchair photo tours: A colorful sunrise near Biddeford, Maine

Photos by Cheryl Landes Often when I travel to New England, I get up early and drive to the coast to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. In today's armchair photo tour, I'm sharing some views from one of my favorite Atlantic sunrises at a beach near Biddeford, Maine. Biddeford is 96 miles … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A colorful sunrise near Biddeford, Maine

Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut

A full moon rises in the sunset's afterglow at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut Photos by Cheryl Landes During one of my drives through Connecticut, I made a spontaneous stop at a park in Norwalk about an hour before sunset. The temperature was perfect on this beautiful fall evening—in the low 70s—and it wasn't … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A beautiful beach sunset and moonrise in Norwalk, Connecticut