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Olympic National Park — June 12, 2021

Olympic National Park

Duration: 5/28/2021 – 6/4/2021

Outline: Seattle – Hurricane Ridge – Sequim – Sol Duc Rain Forest – Mount Storm King – Lake Crescent – Forks – Rialto Beach – Hoh Rain Forest – Ruby Beach – Kalaloch – Lake Quinault – Seattle

Keyword: Road trip; Olympic Peninsula; Rain forest; West Coast; Hiking; Museums

While COVID hasn’t ended in US, the vaccination did bring more confidence to people who haven’t travel for a while. During this year Memorial Weekends, I saw the news from Zion National Park that visitors got into the line to wait park shuttle for almost a maximum of 2 hours. I believe Zion is not the only story, people were seeking for an opportunity to have some fresh air. Since I’m still a little bit worried about being exposed of a massive people gathering, I selected to visit Olympic National Park since it hasn’t reached its peak season during July and August.

When people talk about Olympic National Park, these words usually pop up: “Primeval Forest”, “Snow-caped Mountains”, “Indian and Pioneer History”, “Sparkling Streams and Lakes”, “Spectacular Coast”. Yes, Olympic National Park, which is located at Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle, lives up to its reputation to become one of the most diverse national parks.

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Denver – Rocky Mountain NP – Great Sand Dunes NP — October 21, 2018

Denver – Rocky Mountain NP – Great Sand Dunes NP

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Duration: 09/01/2018-09/06/2018

Outline: Denver – Rocky Mountain NP (2.5 day) – Great Sand Dunes NP (1 day) – Denver

Keyword: Road trip; Hiking; Alpine; Sand Dunes

Colorado is an ideal destination for people who likes traveling. Aspen Mountain is the holy place for skiing in winter. Four national parks (Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde) provide most diverse and gorgeous scenery. Multiple rivers, lakes, and mountain streams let Western Colorado become one of the best destination for fly fishing.

The idea of visiting Colorado just came in mind 10 days before the planned setting off date. I have thought about this popular place for many times, but it’s really hard for me to find a two-three week vacation to cover all places in one trip. Then I just decided to break it down to several small trips. This blog recorded the days I spent in Denver, Rocky Mountain NP, and Great Sand Dunes NP during Labor Day Holiday.

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Las Vegas – Death Valley – Zion — June 30, 2018
2017 Christmas Trip (US 1 Highway + Yosemite NP) — February 1, 2018