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Olympic National Park; Hurricane Ridge and the Hurricane Ridge Road

On my recent trip to Washington to I revisited two National Parks I went to in 2015.  The first National Parks was the Hurricane Ridge region of Olympic National Park via the Hurricane Ridge Road.





Olympic National Park is located on the varied terrain of the Olympic Peninsula.  Olympic National Park has various regions ranging from coastal bluffs on the Pacific Ocean, temperate rain forests like the Hoh Forest and much of the Olympic Range.  Olympic National Park was designated in 1938 from the previous Olympic National Monument designation which dated back to 1909.

Hurricane Ridge is located in the Olympic Range at an elevation of 5,242 feet.  The Olympic Range is a somewhat moderately high mountain range with a high elevation of 7,962 at Mount Olympus.  The Olympic Range is mostly known for being the wettest place in the Continental United States on it's western ridges.  Hurricane Ridge is accessed via the 17 mile Hurricane Ridge Road which ascends from Mount Angeles Road in Por…
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Seattle Center

On the most recent trip to Seattle I checked out several facilities in the 74 acre city park known as the Seattle Center. 






The Seattle Center was built for the 1962 World's Fair and is mostly known for the Space Needle.  The Seattle Center is roughly bounded by; 5th Avenue, Mercer Street, 1st Avenue, Denny Way and Broad Street.  There are several notable attractions in Seattle Center aside from the Space Needle, on my recent trip I also went to the Museum of Popular Culture and Chihuly Glass & Gardens.

The Museum of Popular Culture is located on 5th Avenue and Harrison Street.  The Museum was established in 2000 with the incredibly awkward name of "Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame" before it was changed to the current name in 2016.  The Museum of Popular Culture features displays for; Horror Movies, Sci-Fi, Star Trek, music (heavy emphasis on Nirvana), music and video games. 











Chihuly Glass and Garden is located directly west of the…

Kerry Park, Seattle

Kerry Park is a small city park on West Highland Drive in the Queen Anne Neighborhood of Seattle.






Kerry Park was donated to the City of Seattle in 1927.  The park is less than 2 acres in size but is generally considered the signature view point of downtown Seattle.  Elliott Bay, Duwamish Head, Alki Point, Bainbridge Island and even Mount Rainier can be seen from Kerry Park on a clear day. 


Throwback Thursday - May 24, 2018

This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to I-895 in Baltimore, Maryland in March 2008. I had spotted a retro style I-95 shield on an overpass heading northbound near I-895's northern terminus. I am pretty sure that the shield is gone today, but with Baltimore, you can never be so sure because old route shields are still commonplace.


Throwback Thursday; Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona State Route 186 and Arizona State Route 181

Back in 2012 I was trying to clinch as many of the Arizona State Routes as I could and visit all the National Monuments located in the State.  When I had some free time during the winter months I made my way towards Willcox to visit Chiricahua National Monument.  During my trip towards the National Monument I took AZ 186 from I-10/US 191 in Willcox and AZ 181 to US 191 as I was leaving.


AZ 186 is an approximately 33.4 mile state route.  AZ 186 begins at a junction with I-10/US 191 in Willcox on Rex Allen Drive and continues to Haskell Avenue.  AZ 186 uses a former alignment of AZ 86 on Haskell Avenue to reach Marley Street.  AZ 186 exits Willcox on Marley Street heading eastward towards Chiricahua National Monument.  East of Willcox the alignment of AZ 186 enters the Dos Cabezas Range and passes by a small community of the same name before meeting AZ 181 at an eastern terminus near Chiricahua National Monument.

AZ 186 was supposedly created in 1955.  The route is not present on the 19…