Todd Phillips

Signs of the Volcano’s Wrath

Mount Saint Helens – Johnston Ridge Observatory   We reached the top of SR 504 at Johnston Ridge Observatory and saw what seemed to be an alien landscape. In the previous…

Mount Saint Helens

Remembering the Day the Mountain Blew 

Where were you when the mountain blew? If you’ve lived in Washington state very long, you have no doubt been asked this question. For those of us who lived here on…

Veterans Memorial Museum

Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, WA

Many of us have family members who have served in the Armed Forces. Perhaps you have served, yourself. There is something for everyone at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis….

Big Four Ice Caves

Big Four Ice Caves – Easy Hike With Gorgeous Mountain Vistas

Looking for an easy hike surrounded by gorgeous mountain vistas? Look no further than the Big Four Ice Caves. The trail is 2.2 miles from the paved parking area and…

Ape Caves

Go Ape at Mount Saint Helens 

The Ape Cave, that is.  Concealed within the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens is a remarkable opportunity. Discovered in 1951, the Ape…

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2018

Welcome Spring at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 

An annual rite of spring in Washington State, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon draws visitors from all over the world each year. The festival begins this year…

Long Beach Kite Museum

World Kite Museum in Long Beach, WA

Kites are a common sight on the beaches of Southwestern Washington. I remember staying at Ocean Shores with family many years ago and being fascinated by the stunt kites being…