From iconic national parks and beaches to little nooks and corners that are often overlooked, Off the Highway is about places where man have made a conscious effort to preserve what is God-endowed. These are places that provide the needed respite from the busyness of life, the quiet moments to refresh, restore and recharge. They are worth preserving, conserving and protecting, even as we live in a fast-paced high-tech world.
- Washington Oaks State ParkSometime this year, we were at sunny Florida, visiting one of our favorite beaches – the beach at the Washington Oaks State Park at Palm Coast. While many visit the adjacent garden with its beautiful roses, it is the coquina beach and rocks resembling a mini Grand Canyon that makes a walk here exhilarating. AlongContinue reading “Washington Oaks State Park”
- Juanita Bay ParkWith at least 2 miles of trail, this 110-acre urban wildlife habitat in Kirkland is popular with nature lovers and bird watchers. From any section of the park’s extensive boardwalk system, trails, or any three of the park’s observation platforms, you’ll likely see waterfowls, great blue herons, osprey, and amphibians such as salamanders and turtlesContinue reading “Juanita Bay Park”
- Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric ProjectWe were on our way back from Leavenworth along US Highway 2 when we stumbled upon the Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project. Actually we heard the ferocious roar of the waters before we saw it crashing down from over 20 feet high. The source of the watercourse – The Wenatchee State Park. Constructed from 1907- 09Continue reading “Tumwater Dam Hydroelectric Project”
- Redmond Watershed PreserveIn 1926, the city of Redmond bought some land from Weyerhaeuser (an American timberland company), planning to use Seidel Creek for water supply. Additional acreage was bought to bring the watershed to 800 acres, though issues with the quality of the water led to the usage of other water sources. Today, the Redmond Watershed PreserveContinue reading “Redmond Watershed Preserve”
- Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise VicinityThis 369-miles squared park is home to the iconic Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain in Washington state, which is also an active volcano. Receiving an average of 643 inches of snow every year, it is the most glaciated peak in the US. Ascending up to 14,410 feet (4,400 meters) above sea level, you can seeContinue reading “Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise Vicinity”
- Off the Highway – Olympic National ParkOne of the first places we visited in Washington State is the Olympic National Park., the largest national park in the state. At 1,442 square miles, it is slightly more than five times the size of Singapore. Hence it is impossible to see and experience the park in a couple of days. Since we hadContinue reading “Off the Highway – Olympic National Park”
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