Adventures in Mapland

The Shi Shi Beach Adventure

April 27, 2011

Some of the world’s most impressive sea stacks are to be found here, especially at Point of Arches. You can spend all day here exploring the tide pools. They extend for miles. You need to be at Point of Arches on low tide.

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The Mima Mounds Adventure

April 27, 2011

One of the world's great geological mysteries, Mima Mounds are scattered throughout central Thurston County. There are about 30 different theories as to their origin, but no one knows for sure what caused these unique geological formations. About eight feet high and 30 feet across, the Mima Mound prairies host rare wildflowers, birds, and butterflies that only use this habitat.

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The Mt. St. Helens Adventure

April 27, 2011

John R. Jackson was one of Washingtons's first settlers. You'll find his cabin on Jackson Highway, just south of Highway 12 (see St. Helens Map). The Jackson cabin became a stopping point for early settlers traveling north to what is today Tumwater, Washington. His cabin later became Washington's first courthouse.

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The Sea to Shining Sea Tour

April 27, 2011

Getting tired of the daily grind? Then do what my cousin and I did. Take a batch of tourists, stuff them in a van, and take them on a whirlwind, madcap, marathon trip around the United States. It's called the Sea to Shining Sea Tour. We drove from Seattle to New York in 13 exhausting days. That's where I got off. In those 13 days I learned all I need to know about the tour business. Here are a few highlight shots:

What luck! We arrived in St. Charles, Missouri on the very day that the townsfolk were celebrating the Lewis and Clark Expedition. That's the Missouri River in the background of the second picture. Watching the soldiers, fife and drum corps, especially the children passing by in costume made me choke with emotion and pride at being an American.

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The Clark County Adventure

April 27, 2011

Giant Sequoia Tree

How would you like to watch a Giant Sequoia tree grow to record heights in your own yard? That’s what happened to Scott and Cathy Hughes of 605 North Main, in Ridgefield. This giant tree is now listed as the largest non-native tree is Washington State.

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