Travel Log: Volcanoes Under Our Noses

(Fallon, Nevada; May 11, 2021) – I’ve departed Washington State and begun Cross Country 2021 on my way to settling in Tennessee! If you’ve followed this blog for a bit, you’ll know I’m fascinated by volcanoes.  I’d have been a happy vulcanologist if my math skills were better.  These systems are amazing examples of natural … Continue reading Travel Log: Volcanoes Under Our Noses

Travel Log – Falling for Water!

(Silverdale, Washington; May 4, 2021) – Waterfalls wash away strife and care, the rushing cataract mesmerizing the eyes even as it soothes the soul. As I near my departure from Washington State, I wanted to share a few more memories of the amazing places we have here.  I’ve found much solace, wonder, and water droplets … Continue reading Travel Log – Falling for Water!

Photo Finish: Mount Baker and Glacier Peak!

Mount Ranier is the tallest, Mount Adams contains the most volume, and Mount St. Helens is the grumpiest, but Washington State boasts four more active volcanoes. Two of them, Indian Heaven and West Crater are not nearly as well known because they aren't stratovolcanoes and don't possess the classic volcano shape. Indian Heaven and West … Continue reading Photo Finish: Mount Baker and Glacier Peak!

Photo Finish: Mount Adams!

The second-highest mountain in Washington State is, of course, another volcano: Mount Adams! Known as the 'brother' to the more famous (and active) Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams soars upwards to 12,821 feet (3,743 meters). Mount Adams is shorter than Mount Rainier, but actually contains more volume than Rainier. Mount Adams' early eruptive history begins … Continue reading Photo Finish: Mount Adams!

Photo Finish: Mount St. Helens, Part 2

I had intended to focus today's Photo Finish to Mount Adams, but yesterday I had a chance to go hiking near Mount St. Helens. I spent the day on the Hummocks Trail. The Hummocks are the piles of debris leftover from the collapsed north face of the mountain. The collapse of that side of the … Continue reading Photo Finish: Mount St. Helens, Part 2

Photo Finish: Washington State Memories!

Continuing my retrospective on my favorite places in Washington State, we now turn to the Evergreen State's most famous volcano--Mount St. Helens! A stratovolcano fueled by the Pacific Ring of Fire, Mount St. Helens is part of the Cascade volcanic arc, a chain of volcanoes running from California up into Canada. Interestingly enough, Mount St. … Continue reading Photo Finish: Washington State Memories!

Photo Finish: Washington State Memories!

I'm packing up and organizing my things. The movers come May 3rd and 4th; I'll be driving out of Washington State for Tennessee by May 7th. As I get ready to move on, I wanted to take a moment and publish a few Photo Finish columns detailing some of the greatest places I've seen in … Continue reading Photo Finish: Washington State Memories!

Photo Finish – Volcano Day!

I am starting a new column head: Photo Finish! I started in journalism as a Navy operational photographer and photojournalist. Although writing is the center of my life now, I still think of myself as a photographer first. Now and then I want to show off what's I've done...and what I can do with a … Continue reading Photo Finish – Volcano Day!

Mental Health: Into the Volcano

(Silverdale, Washington; Jun. 23, 2019) – I debated for a long time whether this column should go under “Travel” or “Mental Health,” but the mental health analogy won out. However, that does not alter the fact that, last Saturday (June 15) I accidentally hiked right into an active volcano’s crater. I know, I know—you’re wondering … Continue reading Mental Health: Into the Volcano

Travel Log: A Diamond in the Rough

(Niceville, Florida; Apr. 27, 2018) Hi’iaka (“he-ee ah-ka”) was the younger sister of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. As these divine siblings searched for a permanent home, they crossed many islands. On one, which would eventually be known as the “Gathering Place,” they saw a circular mountain on a prominent headland that, when viewed from … Continue reading Travel Log: A Diamond in the Rough