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    • Luggage Storage

      San Juan Islands 7 hours ago

      Is there anywhere around the Friday Harbor Ferry landing to store luggage while we explore before catching a later ferry to another island?

    • Public Transportation from Downtown Port Orchard

      Port Orchard Jul 21, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      Any bus transportation from Port Orchard Ferry Pear to 4403 gregory Lane E. please ?
      Di-o I have to take a taxi?

    • Mix of car camping & backcountry - suggested spots?

      Olympic National Park Jul 16, 2015 at 8:33 AM

      Hi there! My husband and I will be spending about a week in Olympic National Park at the end of July/beginning of August. We are experienced car campers but would like to try to do at least a night or two in the backcountry this trip, so we're reading up and stocking up on backpacking essentials.

      Our tentative plan is to drive first to the coast and spend a few nights beach camping (Mora/Rialto area, most likely), then drive inland for the remainder of our trip. We are thinking about parking at Graves Creek and spending a night there, then hiking in and spending at least a night or two backcountry two and from Enchanted Valley, or perhaps a bit beyond. To anyone who knows, does that sound like a good plan? Anything we might not know that we should? (We know about the ban on backcountry fires, and about bear canisters, etc.)

      From there, we have two or three days before or after to play with. Any other campground recommendations we should definitely visit, if we'd like to see some of the park's great stuff but also avoid driving too much or trying to squeeze too much in? Should we keep the Quinalt area / Graves Creek as our home base, or should we venture around to other spots?

      Also, I know that the frontcountry campsites are first-come first-serve. Any advice on how early you really have to get there, or what to do if a site is full?

      Thanks for your help!!

    • Trip to Ocean Shores

      Ocean Shores Jul 16, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Am planning a day trip from Olympia to Ocean Shores on Sunday the 19th. I did locate an Interpretive Center and Museum at Ocean Shores. Am wondering if there are any interesting points of interest that are 'inexpensive or free' to see along the way. Thanks, Rose

    • 6 nights in ONP

      Olympic National Park Jul 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      Staying 6 nights, was thinking "2" in each of Lake Crescent Lodge, Quinault Lodge and 2 in SOl duc resort.
      Coming from Seattle airport 9-23 Is this too much time at the resorts? Plan on doing alot of hiking.
      Thank You.

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      Best crab legs

      Seattle Jul 6, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Visiting Seattle end of the month. Want to bring my daughter for some really great crab legs. Would like a place locals would go if they were bringing family. I see a ton of places on Yelp, would really like something of a shack where we could just buy crab legs without actually having to sit down at a restaurant for a full meal. Looking forward to the feedback and recommendations!

    • Things to do?

      Port Angeles Jul 29, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      My GF and I will be visiting Port Angeles and we have the entire day of Oct 31st to explore. can you suggest any activities that can get us the most bang for the buck so to speak? We love the outdoors and experiencing nature in raw form. We are interested in seeing the Olympic NP and hopefully some waterfalls. Any suggestions?

    • A Trip Plan for Washington (From Seattle to San Francisco)

      Washington State Jul 24, 2015 at 7:16 AM


      We planning to travel on July 2016, from Seattle to San Francisco. Here is our plan. Can you please give us some advice regarding our plan? Is out trip reasonble regrading distances. Recommendations about sleeping places (and locations) are more than welcome.

      Day 1: Land at Seattle (afternoon)

      Day 2: Seattle, sleep at Seattle

      Day 3: Seattle, sleep at Packwood

      Day 4: Mount Rainier. Sleep at Port Townsend

      Day 5: Olympic National Park (North area):

                      Port Townsend, Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, sleep in Forks

      Day 6:    rialto beach ,Hoh Rain Forest, Ruby Beach, Sleep in Westport

      Day 7: Astoria, Portland, sleep in Portland

      Day 8: Portland, sleep in Portland

      Day 9: Woodburn Premium Outlets, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Lincoln City, Sleep in Depot Bay/Lincoln City

      Day 10: Wheel Sale at Depot Bay, Newport,  Cape Perpetua , sleep at Cape Perpetua

      Day 11: Road 138 to Creator Lake, Tokeete Water Falls, Clearwater Water Falls, Crater Lake, sleep at Shady Cove.

      Day 12: Jacksonville, Yreka, Mount Shasta, McCloud Falls, sleep near Lassen.

      Day 13: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lake Tahoe

      Day 14-16: Yosemite National Park

      Day 17: Muir Woods?

      Day 18: San Francisco – Golden Gate Park, Sausalito.

      Day 19: Morning: San Francisco. Afternoon: Flying back home.

      Thank you very much.



    • Quacky, Fun and Interactive around Mt. St. Helens- recent experiences?

      by heidisiegelbaum Online Now Jul 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      What recent experiences have you had around Mt. St. Helens in recent years? I'm looking for stories about getting outside (or inside) to fish, hike, raft, climb, learn about nature, confer with Sasquatch, eat, drink and experience the entire area...

      The Geography: White Pass Scenic Byway: U.S. Route 12 from Interstate 5 east to Randle; North on FR 25, leading to the east side of Mt. St. Helens and the Windy Ridge Observatory via FR 99; Cowlitz River/505: from Toledo to 504, to the Mt. St. Helens Monument;Spirit Lake Highway: Castle Rock/SR 504 from Interstate 5 to Johnston Ridge Observatory;Lewis River/503: from Woodland to 90, connecting to FR 25 and FR 99 to the Mt. St. Helens Monument;Battle Ground/502: to 503, connecting to FR 25 and FR 99 to the Mt. St. Helens Monument;
      Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway: Washougal to Carson on SR 14 (Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway). North from Carson on Wind River Road and Curly Creek which connects with FR 90, to the Pine Creek Information Station

      4 Answers Aug 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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      Mt St Helens vs Mt Rainier

      by travellingtechie Online Now Oct 26, 2011 at 1:13 PM

      Hi All!

      I am planning a one-day trip to either Mt Rainier or Mt St Helens or both, if possible. I am currently put up in Redmond and would be driving and returning the same day (tomorrow).

      Any ideas if both of these would be possible in one day or if any one of them should be seen. Also what are the different places to see/visit in each of these two mountains? How would the road conditions be?

      Thanks in advance for the info!



      6 Answers Oct 30, 2011 at 10:18 PM
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      Mount St. Helens, Monitor Trail

      by Transitoria Online Now Jul 20, 2007 at 11:26 AM

      My daughter and I are going to be hiking to the rim of Mt. St. Helens on July 31, 2007. We have our permits, but would like some advice from someone who has "been there and done that". How long is Monitor Trail? Does it begin at the end of Ptarmigian Trail? Is 2 liters of water each really enough? Are there bears? We are camping two nights at Camp Bivouac and I have some questions concerning food and coolers as we are being dropped off and have no where to store these items. I do not want them in the tent with us because of animals. Does the camp have locking food storage bins as do some of the National Parks? Will we be able to get to the top and down before the sun sets?

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      Mt St Helens trip

      by david1982 Online Now Mar 27, 2007 at 3:11 PM

      I'm contemplating a trip to Mt St Helens to satisfy my volcano fascination.....I'm just wondering about possible itineries and lengths of trips....any ideas?? im flying in from london so could i fly to seattle or portland? anywhere else i can fit into say a two week holiday??

      2 Answers May 12, 2015 at 8:50 AM
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      Visiting at the end of April

      by ChrisChant Online Now Mar 13, 2005 at 6:00 AM

      My daughter will be visiting a friend in Seattle at the end of April - how practical is a day trip to MSH and where is best to go - she will want some good pics.
      She will be travelling up by train from San Fran - alternatively is it possible to visit by public transport - Thanks guys

      2 Answers Mar 13, 2005 at 11:25 AM
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      Anyone want to have a blast?

      by jwander Online Now Oct 3, 2004 at 9:24 PM

      I hope to be on the mount next monday-tuesday (10/11-12) looking for some action... Anyone want to come?

      7 Answers Oct 17, 2004 at 1:16 AM
    • What to see on limited time

      by zbp71 Online Now Aug 19, 2004 at 10:23 AM

      Hi I have 1-2 days to explore Mount Saint Helens (the third day is reserved for Mount Ranier). Am I better off taking route 504 or 503 or should I really take both? There is so much to see; I can't sem to narrow it down. Also, any ideas on where to stay in the MSH area? Thanks in advance for your help.

      1 Answer Sep 8, 2004 at 5:52 PM