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8/10/2017 Ferry Edmonds → Kingstone, WA - This is another ferry to go to the Olympic National Park area. Waited about one hour on the road, ferry waiting line on the street. Odd thing was rail road terminal and ferry terminal are side by side and waiting ferry line must wait, long fright train when started to loading to the ferry. But I was happy to be in Olympic NP area.
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8/10/2017 Ferry Mukilteo → Clinton, WA - It was only 15 minutes ferry ride. But next ferry to go to Port Townsend was nightmire, one of the ferry was mechanical trouble and they don’t know when to accept passengers, and no way to ride ferry there. So that forced me to came back the same ferry back to where I started, Mukilteo, it was wasting my few hours.
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8/9/2017 Iron Goat Trail, WA (7.8 miles) - This is a fun place for the family who has small children, because trail is wheelchair access, and many attractions include many tunnels, snowsheal and signs, this area is one of the largest cascade tunnels in US. Upper side of trail is not recommended because too many tall weeds and bushes to deal with.
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8/8/2017 Copper Lake, West Fork Foss Lakes, WA (8.4 miles include Trout Lake) - Air condition was not good because smoke from wildfires at BC, Canada. I don’t know I want to hike or not under the smokey condetion, but I won’t have another chance to hike up here, so drag myself to hike on the steep trail.
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8/8/2017 Trout lake, West Fork Foss Lakes, WA - First lake from the TH, it is relatively smaller lake compare to other lakes around here. There are many lakes in the West Fork Foss Lakes area, and popular place for hiking. However it is not free to hike, there is fee for usage.
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8/7/2017 White River Upper Falls, WA (4.1 miles) - I didn’t know this place does exist until someone mentioned me yesterday. It is located at the end of the road #207, there is a bridge and beautiful waterfalls. Hike on the road and distance is not too long, a means good for family hike.
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8/6/2017 White River Falls, WA (2.8 miles) - Water is all white in the falls. Road was closed forautomobil because water damage of the road. Waterfalls are not good angle to take photos, but managed to got some.
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8/6/2017 Lake Wenatchee, WA - This is a good place for family to enjoy on the sand beach of the lake. There is wire out the lake, so people know where the safe place to swim in the lake. I heard many Spanish speaking.
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8/4/2017 Potholes Reservoir, WA - Potholes Canal is branched out from the reservoir, color of water is very nice like gracier melted water color, mixed green and blue color. It is a big reservoir, can’t see otherside of the lake shore. Wildfire smoke is affected and not clear view.
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8/3/2017 Portland, OR - I didn’t do the homework prior to visit this city, a means I don’t know where to go to see attractions. Walk around and ride light rail and found something I am interested. I’ll homework at next time.
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8/3/2017 Japanese American Historical Plaza, Portland, OR - It is a tiny place and most of displays are photos, which nothing to impressed me. They charged $3 for admission fee that too expensive, even free of charge nothing to impressed people with current items.
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8/3/2017 China Town, Portland, OR - China Town is little uncomfortable place to be because homeless people are sleeping here and there at front of the empty stores. China garden is smaller size but condenced, it cost me $9 to get in, I though that expensive for this scale of garden.
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7/31/2017 Chicago, IL - I have visited Millenium Park, which Cloud Gate and Pritzker Pavilion are located. Chicago Stock Exchange, there is no tour available for the public. Union Station, which closed at middle of night, Chicago Architecture Foundation. There are many more places to go but my time was limited.
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7/31/2017 Chicago Library, Chicago, IL - This is one of the best library in the US. Total 9 floors above the ground, a means I don’t know how many basement floors. It is just like a museum, many art decoration here and there, 9th floor is glass dome entire ceiling that was impressed. It is opens 24/7, Mon-Thu they open 9-9, 12 hours, twelve hours, do you believe it?
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7/31/2017 River Boat Tour, Chicago, IL - It was called Chicago Sunset Cruise, 90 minutes ride. The tour went Chicago River to Lake Michigan, where Lake Michigan just like ocean, a means big lake. It was nice to see go through the Chicago Harbor Lock and very nice sunset and evening view of Chicago.
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7/31/2017 Chicago Rail System, Chicago, IL - Station is located like 3rd floor high, a means steep stairs to climb up to get to the station. Seems to Chicago Rail System is very old and scare to see and feel vibration when train comes. I rode it for experience but was not fun.
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7/31/2017 Route 66 Begin, Chicago, IL - The sign of the 'route 66 begin' is located near the Chicago Art Museum, but no one give any attention to this sign. The route 66 is 2,448 miles long from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA, go through 8 states. It is currently a ghost highway that caused to many people to attracted it.
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8/1-8/3/2017 AMTRAK Chicago → Portland → Pasco, WA - Cost from Chicago to Portland was $237 and Portland to Pasco was $44. Total round trip cost me $456, 8 states, 4,510 miles and 6 days. It was fun and meet many nice people, only one thing I want to request was need to clean the train window, so that can take better photos.
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7/29-7/31/2017 AMTRAK Pasco → Chicago, WA - It was sold out train, I was lucky to get a ticket for coach seat, where sleeping unit was sold out. The train go through 7 states, WA, ID, MT, ND, MN, WI and IL. 4,510 miles 3 days to get to Chicago, which cost me $177. Food cost in the train was very expensive but that doesn’t stop people to go to the dining room, which was always long line.
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7/28/2017 Pasco Police Officer, WA - AMTRAK office opens odd hours, 4:15-5:45am and 8:15-11:00pm, I missed morning. If I can get a ticket to Chicago, I take off but no ticket available, then I need a plan B. I asked police officer, he was so generous, drove to police department property and told me that I can camp there, which is safest place to camp in the town. However I got a train ticket and no needed to stay there, but thank you officer to offer to meet my plan.
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7/28/2017 Stonehenge, WA - This is my 2nd visit. It’s standing well just like last time. It is a perfect stonehenge not like in England, which can not tell the original figure. View of the Columbia River is very nice.
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7/27/2017 Dog Mountain, WA (6.7 miles) - It was cloudy and windy, peak was in the cloud, but when I got at the peak, its cleared up. View was great from atop of the mountain, Wind Mountain which I’ve hiked few days ago, was tiny mountain from the Dog Mountain.
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7/26/2017 River Cruise, Cascade Locks, OR - Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler River Cruise that I had a chance to ride to enjoy. It’s cost me $98, 5hrs and 4 miles of all sold out river cruise that include breakfast and dinner, most of were seniors. Distance was not much but enjoy watching from inside the Bonneville Dam Lock.
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7/25/2017 Columbia River Gorge, WA/OR - The Columbia River is wide and long, both sides of river walls are gorgeous at time-to-time. Drove few time on the highway and capture the beautiful scene. Before built the dams, river was narrow and some waterfalls but all under the water now.
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7/24/2017 Wind Mountain, WA (2.4 miles) - Steep trail to hike up this mountain. View from atop of the mountain is gorgeous Columbia River below. Someone told me there are petroglyphs atop of the mountain, there are many rocks but I can’t find it, sad...
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7/23/2017 Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, OR - They display the history of the Columbia River, among them, I leared how to process acone as a meal, which demonstrate by native American Indian from video. There was bird demonstration, I really enjoyed to watch the falcon and owl.
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7/22/2017 Horsethief Butte, WA (0.8 mile) - Hike up to the rocky butte to find petroglyphs. There are two rock art sites in this area. Unfortunately all faded out and can’t tell what original figures are. This area is nice place to practice rock climbing.
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7/22/2017 Columbia Hills State Park, WA - I have been here before, enjoyed petroglyphs that displayed outside that moved from the Petroglyphs Point, which is under the Columbia River now. The Columbia River view is very nice from here. The rainger office is closed because weekend.
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7/20/2017 Clarno, John Day Fossil Bed National Monument, OR (1.3 miles) - John Day Fossil Bed National Monument are three separated locations, this is my last one to visit. This place has many hoodoos and nice rock formation. Leaf fossiles in the borders that were nice to see it. I have hiked to the arch, short hike.
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7/20/2017 Fossil Digging, Fossil, OR - $5/day to dig behind hill of highschool to find the leaf fossils. They don’t remove top layer, so that people are digging the same place that previous people already digged that not way to find it. But there is always hope to find best fossil.
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7/19/2017 John Day River, OR - North of the Painted Hills, I saw segment of the John Day River, the river is very long. Rock formation of the both side of the river is breathtaking at time-to-time. John Day River runs from east to west then south to north, I was at the curved area of direction changed.
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7/19/2017 Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Bed National Monument, OR - The red color is dominted in the main area of the Painted Hills. We can’t walk on or near by the painted hills unless trails are provided. There are few more places to visit other than the Painted Hills.
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7/19/2017 Chimney Rock, Crooked River, OR (2.8 miles) - Trail is maintained and not long. Impressed close look at the Chimney Rock, from there portion of the Crooked River view is very nice.
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7/19/2017 Pineville Reservoir, OR - Bowman Dam created this lake. It is beautiful view near the dam, background is nice mountain cliffs. To get here, road condition is very good, little narrowed.
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7/18/2017 Crooked River, near Prineville, OR - It is located south side of town of Prineville on highway #27. Incredible scene of both side of the river, see it to believe. Not many stop to take photos where view is gorgeous. Creek water is not clear, I wonder why?
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7/18/2017 Chickahominy Reservoir, OR - This is highway #20 road side small reservoir. There is a campground to enjoy here. It is open area and some hills in far view.
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7/17/2017 Lake Abert, OR - This is one of the largest lakes in Oregon. I couldn’t see the other side of lake clearly because far distance. Just east side of highway #395 is beautiful cliff that for miles. There are no beach access.
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7/17/2017 Old Perpetual Geyser, Lake View, OR - Every few minutes the geyser splash out about 50ft or so that located the Hunters Hot Springs, which serves motel and hot springs combination, they don’t serve just sorking in the hot springs. There are few lakes/ponds near by.
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7/16/2017 Devil Lake, near Bly, OR - Water color of lake is little darker than the gracier water color, a means not clear water. I don’t have time to find the name of lake, what’s reason to get this name. No one was there when I got there. Some trees but not much.
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7/16/17 Paradice Creek Petro, near Bly, OR (2.2 miles) - The Creek is all dried up. I found a very nice petro panel that contained least 40 traget marks. I was hoping to find some more panels, but not. The location I got it from the local person.
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7/16/2017 Sprague River Park, near Bly, OR - This picnic area by the Sprage River has petroglyphs that just like the target mark and people are shooting the target that was sad to see.
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7/15/2017 Furn Cave Tour, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Only 6 people every Saturday during summer season, only sign up from the Internet. There are many furns below the cave opening. There many pictographs inside the both side of the wall. Unfortunately taking photo is not allowed. Second row of photos are from the Internet.
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7/15/17 Gillem Bluff Trail, Lava Bed National Monument, CA (2 miles) - At the TH, There ia MODOC Wac Casualties cemetary, and name of the list is posted. The trail is goes up to the atop of the cliff, the view from it is wide wonderful view.
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7/15/2017 Black Crater, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Reliatively smaller size crater. All black lava but the lichens are growing on the lave that made different colors looking and not just plain black. It was short hike to get there from the parking area.
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7/15/17 Fleener Chimneys, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - There are three chimneys that located on the fault. Its very clear because there are hand-hold poles to protect it. Seems to veltical hole called chimney and holizontial hole called cave in this National Monument.
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7/14/2017 Three Sister Trail, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - I started hiking from the campground just passed noon, I was planning to hike up to the Three Sister Buttes. It was hot and no shade on the trail, I was closed to heat exosion. I should to start from the Skull Cave side to go to the buttes.
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7/14/2017 Mushpot Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Inside this cave is all lights up and all paved, wheelchair access? I am not sure because steep stairs to get in/out this cave. Without flashlight, this cave has no problem to go through till end of the cave.
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7/14/2017 Indian Well Cave, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - I just experimented this cave without flashlight. A large opening cave and relatively easy to go inside the cave, suppose to long cave, but I didn’t go too far.
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7/13/2017 Shoopy Ridge Lookout, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, CA (0.5 mile) - The rock house is sticking up on the atop of the cliff. I dicided to hike up, the trail is well maintained and no problem to get there. The view from there is breathtaking.
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7/13/2017 Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, CA - Grasses are glowing everywhere, all I can see is grasses, maybe wetland under neath that I don’t know. Drive few miles to see the water/lake, but unsuccess. Therea are many birds but I don’t know the names.
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7/12/2017 Mammoth Crater, Lava Bed National Monument, CA - Large size crater, the rim trail is 2 miles total, but no trail for to get to the bottom of the crater. At the bottom of the Cater, all we can see it crambled rocks in it.
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7/12/2017 Medicine Lake Glass Flow, CA - It is actually the lava flow but all rocks are unlike regular lave rocks, its shiny and called glass flow. It was short distance from the A.H.Hogue campground.
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7/12/2017 Medicine Lake, CA - This lake is a Volucano lake and had been active for 500,000 years. Current water level 75 years high that a local said. Seems to this area is popular because there are four campgrounds by the lake.
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7/11/2017 Boles Creek Petro, CA - I have hiked twice from lower side and middle side to see the petroglyphs. There are petroglyphs but not many, average is one petro per one mile hike, if I have hike from upper side, I am sure I found some more. The water is not running in th ecreek, but place to place just like small lakes.
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