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9/15/2017 Greenwood Fort, BC, Canada - This fort is a privately owned. There are nearly built renting cabins, dance room, party room, gym, laundry room and nice court yard with large teepees. Other side in the fort is RV park, which gated community. Thanks to the owner, who let me take photos inside of the fort.
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9/14/2017 City of Phoenix, BC, Canada - The city, population 4,000, was highest city in Canada, 4,700ft, called 'Mile High City'. At the mine was peak time, there were 16 hotels, a brewery and professional hockey team. The City of Phoenix location was current open pit site that no longer operated.
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9/14/2017 Greenwood, BC, Canada - When copper mine was booming, 1897, the town population grew to 7,000, after copper mine was closed this town became a ghost town, 1940. Then during WWII 1,200 Japanese-Canadian relocated into this town, after the war population shrinked again. Currently only 25 Japanese-Canadian remind and total population is under 700.
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9/13/2017 BC Copper Company, Greenwood, BC, Canada - Smelter and smokestack, chimni, are still there where company had been gone long time ago. It was 1897 population grew to 7,000 by booming copper mine at this small town by this company but didn’t last long. Smell Smokestack is 121 ft high
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9/13/2017 Kettle River Museum, Midway, BC, Canada - Small and roadside museum, highway #3, displayed old train and original train station, which built in 1900, is still standing.
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9/12/2017 Kelowna, BC, Canada - Okanagan Lake is a large lake and all kind water activities going on. The town of Kelowna is a large and booming city, there is no free parking in downtown. The city is still growing and have everything. It is a nice place to live that sure.
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9/12/2017 Rock Hoodoos, Merritt, BC, Canada - There are two hoodoos sites that a local told me. I’ve hiked one of the canyon but can’t find it, which close to town of Merritt. Other one is just outside of town, some hoodoos are visible but can’t get closer because a large river.
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9/12/2017 Nicola Lake, BC, Canada - This lake is located west side of highway A5 and south of the Stump Lake. It is a large size lake and many houses, especially new houses, standing there. Suppose to petroglyphs by the lake but many new houses built then no one knows exactly where.
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9/12/2017 Stump Lake, BC, Canada - Brown color hills surrounding this lake. It is located east side of the highway A5. A few houses built by the lake shore. I didn’t see any water activities on the lake, very quiet place.
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9/11/2017 Sticta Falls, Wells Gray PP, BC, Canada - Most trails are closed around here except a trail to this waterfalls. The falls are very nice under the bridge and very narrow and twisted. Only 15 minutes of hike to get there.
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9/10/2017 Osprey Falls, Wells Gray PP, BC, Canada - There are three independent waterfalls, from otherside of the river to see nice view, but no way to get it. The trail to go to the Osprey Falls view point has been closed due to prevention of the wildfire.
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9/10/2017 Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray PP, BC, Canada - The end of the Clearwater Valley Road, the parking lot is located. I can’t believe lake water is very clean that the why name of lake came from. We can see the bottom of the lake. The lake surrounding by mountains that have full of green trees.
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9/10/2017 Marcus Falls, Bailey’s Chute, Wells Gray PP, BC, Canada - Very aggressive waterfalls in this particular area. But that’s a fun for advanced kayackers, and I actually witness couple guys kayaking this place, crazy kayakers, I took some photos but most of time they were in the water.
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9/10/2017 Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC, Canada - This is the "Wow" waterfalls, we have short hike to see it, when everyone see it "wow" come out everyone’s mouth. Its tall and massive water is falling, behind falling water, there is seems to cave like bowl figure. Way below the this massive falls, there is a tiny waterfalls attach to it.
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9/10/2017 Mush Bowl, Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC, Canada - It is located the same Murtle River to the Dawson Falls and those falls are close each other. There is no view point, parked my car just passed bridge and walked on the narrow bridge to take photos. Small falls but very active falls.
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9/10/2017 Dawson Falls, Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC, Canada - It is 59ft high and 350ft wide, someone called it is little Niagara Falls, its beautiful waterfalls. There are two view points but they don’t think who made view points, we want take our photos with waterfalls background, there is no way to take such photos.
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9/10/2017 Spahats Falls, BC, Canada - Upper side of the large waterfalls, there are some more waterfalls but can’t see because angle of view point. There are small waterfalls between view point and large waterfalls. It was a short hike from the parking lot to the view point.
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9/9/2017 Kamloops Lake, BC, Canada - It is located west side of the town of Kamloops by the highway #1 and #97. It is large in size and beautiful lake, even smoky conditiion, where wildfires are going on not far from it. I was burned mountains at time to time that result of the mountain fires.
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9/8/2017 Terzaghi Dam, BC, Canada - This dam created the Carpenter Lake, which is long lake. We can drive up on the dam and marge to another road after the tunnel, which is just west side of spillway of the dam. When I was there, it was very quiet, I didn’t see anyone.
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9/7/2017 Minto Townsite, BC, Canada - In 1950, the town was flooded and got severely damaged. Currently its bottom ofthe Carpenter Lake. But still we can see some reminders by the lake. Bridge River Valley, around here, used to have population about 10,000, but now about 100.
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9/7/2017 Bralorne, BC, Canada - Someone told me, it is a ghost town, but there are new houses and renovated old houses. I don’t think its totally a ghost town anymore, but yes it was gold mining town.
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9/7/2017 Gold Bridge, BC, Canada - There is no such thing a bridge made by gold. The highway 40, from Lillooet, was just like little Grand Canyon, very deep canyon below, beautiful view. The road is not all paved, some times dirt road. There are three waterfalls at the side of the road to enjoy. Haylmore Heritage Site and Carpenter Lake are major attraction to get to the town.
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9/3/2017 Farmers Market, Whitsler, British Columbia, Canada - Near the ski lifts and gondora stations, whole street filled with venders, if you are looking for a bargain, this is not the place, all very pricy, but that doesn’t stop people to come to buy goodies. Kid’s play ground is expanded than before.
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9/2/2017 Pemberton Falls, British Columbia, Canada - This waterfalls location known by only locals. We parked our car in the residential area and hike up narrow and steep trail to the waterfalls. The waterfalls are bigger than I thought. However there is no safer overlook area.
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9/1/2017 Squamish, British Columbia, Canada - I stopped by to see what this town looks like. The visitor center is very nicely done. A beach naar the marina is useless because chemical is leaking from the near by peper mill that a local said. There are many new houses and buildings in this new development community.
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8/31/2017 Camano Island, WA - The island is only at high tide, when at low tire it is not an island, became a peninsular, by shallow not so wide river. Island surrounding by Skagit Bay, north, Port Susan, east and Saratoge Passage, south & west. There are large shore line but mainly owned by privates and not public access to enjoy the beach except couple state parks.
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8/30/2017 Kayak Point County Park, WA - There are many old driftwoods on the beach. The beach is nice sand and long, the picnic tables are under the shelfs along the beach. The playground and pier are faced the Port Susan that very calm current. Nice place to relax and enjoy the sun.
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8/30/2017 Washingon State Capitol, Olympia, WA - 1889 became WA State. 5yrs to built building and cost was $7M. Inside is extensively using beautiful Alaskan marble. 2004 damaged by earthquick and renovated that costed $120M. Only 1/2 hr of free parking visitors get that not enough to see all.
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8/29/2017 Fall Creek, WA (2.2 miles) - There are many small waterfalls in the creek that I though but not the case. Very little water in the creek and no such thing waterfalls around here, just the name of the area called Fall Creek, that was not excited, but nice tall trees and many furns both sides of trail was worth to hike.
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8/28/2017 McKenny Trail, WA (3.4 miles) - No spectacular destination for this trail, a mean trail goes from CG to another CG. Dirt road is running near by this trail, I was wondering why both road and trail run pretty much the same direction, should to eliminate one to save maintenance cost.
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8/27/2017 Mima Falls, Capitol State Forest, WA (4.8 miles) - Not much water in the waterfalls. The gun shooting range close to TH and non stop shooting that made uncomfortable/irritate to hike. The trail share with horseback riders, bicycle riders, and hikers. There were many hourse droppings, many fast speed cyclists, many hikers with dogs, what a way to enjoy hike in WA.
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8/26/2017 Porter Falls, Capitol State Forest, WA (2 miles) - There are tall and green trees and many furns added some more greens. Well maintained trail that everyone can enjoy even small children. Not much water in the falls but nice place to be.
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8/25/2017 North Jetty, Ocean Shores Peninsular, WA - Stack up boulders that convert aggressive ocean waves to little more gentrol waves, also its prevent land corrosion. There are many new development of new houses there.
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8/24/2017 Damon Point, Ocean Shores Peninsular, WA (2.5 miles) - Damon Point Beach Access Protection Island is protected to no public access, however beach is exceptional, it was not high tide and I’ve hiked beach shore loop. There are many birds called it home, when I saw it that was overwhelming.
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8/24/2017 Quinault Harbor, Ocean Shores Peninsular, WA - This place is located south side of the Ocean Shore Peninsular, which Grays Harbor met Pacific Ocean. Very nice sand beach, however water is little cold side to swim. I had a chance to observe that to smoke Salmon at the smoke fish house and 3-4 hrs to complete it.
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8/23/2017 Port Ilwaco, WA - The town is located at the mouse of Columbia River and Pacific Ocean and port is south side of the town. There are many fishing boats that include many out of state boats in the port that indicate good place to fishing around here.
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8/23/2017 Cape Disappointment State Park, WA - I have been to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, North Head Lighthouse, currently renovation is going on and not open for the public, and Bills View that wheelchair access trail all the way, interesting WWII ara building is still standing there.
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8/22/2017 International Kite Festival, Long Beach, WA - Kite festival here is everyone can perticipate enjoy the flying the kite, very relaxing. When I saw Japanese kite festival, there are much intense and enthusiasm, kites are much larger in size and only team work to fly it that like watching a show.
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8/22/2017 Nohcotta, North Beach Peninsula, WA - Oyster factory tour that a stranger local took me to the inside the factory. A dozon men are incredible speed to open and remove oyster from the shell. Another room, women are wash, sort and fill into the jars. At the outside of factory, there are mountain of oyster shells that re-use it for next year.
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8/22/2017 Oysterville, North Beach Peninsula, WA - This town is the oldest town in Washington State. There is not many stores, mainly residential area. Pacific Ocean is located west side and Willapa Bay is located east side, where Willapa Bay is very quiet, no current, and Pacific Ocean is aggressive current.
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8/22/2017 Leadbetter Point State Park, North Beach Peninsula, WA - Northern most of the Long Beach peninsula that this place is located. Therea are few short hiking trails. Need the Discover Pass to get in.
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8/22/2017 World Kite Museum, Long Beach, WA - 1st floor is kite store, video room and posters on the walls. Upstair has actual kites displayed that from all over the world include Japan, which is enthousiasm for kite. According to their video, there are many places in the world have kite festival.
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8/21/2017 HOH Resevation, WA - HOH pronounce 'Ho'. When I got at the end of the road, total solor eclipse party was going on in the foggy condition. They gave me a solar viewer to look at the total solor eclipse. It was amazing to see it that changing by minutes. When it was over foggy disappeared.
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8/20/2017 Jamestown, S’klallam Tribe, WA - The buildings are 8 to 10 yrs old, where I thought its 2 to 3 yers old, and very nice landscape between behind building to ocean. This tribe is rich, many be that come from casino, by the highway #101.
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8/19/2017 Farmers Market, Sequim, WA - There were many classic cars displayed for entire street. Farmers Market is not big market and not totally related with farmer, more lake art and craft market.
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8/19/2017 Dungeness National Wildlife refuge, Sequim, WA - It is located east side of Port Angeles and northern area of town of Sequim. We can see the Vancouver Island. The dungeness that a remining land and too small or too less to call it peninsula in the sea, but view is wonderful.
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8/19/2017 Flea Market, Sequim, WA - There are about 20 boots, not so big, to sale many items, mainly local people blowsing there even located by the highway. Seems to all item prices are negotiable.
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8/18/2017 Renault, WA - Renault is French version of RV, about $200,000, 2bdrm, toilet, showere, kitchen, eating area and ATV storage, and many small compartments that very usefull. Inside is nearly 8ft height, anyone can standup nicely. Thanks for showing me Fabric and Marie, happy traveling.
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8/18/2017 Lake Crescent, Olympic National Forest, WA - When I saw the lake from the trail yesterday, I wanted to enjoy the lake, usually I just drive trough, where highway #101 is running west side of the lake. The lake is long and surrounding by green mountains. It is blue lake water.
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8/17/2017 Mt Muller, Olympic National Forest, WA (12.8 miles) - When started hiking, fog was very dence, can’t see far view and I got wet by moisture on the plants/weeds, where trail was narrow enought to touch me. A good news was, when I got atop of the mountain I was above the cloud, it was magnificent experience. I picked up lobster mushroom on the way back, it was my first time to pick and cooked and ate it, tast was just like potato.
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8/16/2017 Muller Trail, Olympic National Forest, WA ( 4.7 miles) - I didn’t do any homework and jump into the trail, so that when reached at 2.3 miles turn back because I don’t know how long whole trail is. when came back I found it is 12.8 miles long that do-able for me.
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