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Recently moved to Washington. Thought I’d share some pictures and stories because it’s fun here.

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The above picture and below pictures (2) were taken somewhere between Rimrock lake and White Pass on Highway 12 on a random evening trip after work.

Illustration for article titled Exploring Washington: Part I
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Illustration for article titled Exploring Washington: Part I

There were hardly any Shells in between Illinois and Washington, but thankfully there’s a really nice one in town. WA only has 92 though, whereas IL had 93.

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Illustration for article titled Exploring Washington: Part I

I forgot where these flowers were from.

Fancy Tacoma parked outside a Target in the Tri-Cities
Fancy Tacoma parked outside a Target in the Tri-Cities
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I’ve come to understand that everybody in Washington has either a:

  • Subaru WRX/STI
  • Toyota 4-Runner/Tacoma
  • ...that’s it. 
Illustration for article titled Exploring Washington: Part I
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Out first big adventure was the Enchantments up by Leavenworth. I think it was something like a 13 mile / 6 hour hike or something from the Snow Lakes trailhead. Being from Illinois, we didn’t exactly know what to do when we came across this mountain goat in our path. Afraid it was going to ram us, we stayed away until a local came by and asked for their help. He picked up a big stick, smacked it on the ground, and got the goat to gently meander off the path to go chew some other green stuff a few feet away. Eventually made it to the snow lakes which were quite stunning.

Illustration for article titled Exploring Washington: Part I
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Illustration for article titled Exploring Washington: Part I

Last weekend we went to go explore Deception Pass. This was much busier than I expected. But we found a cool beach which was not busy at all (that we I don’t think were supposed to be on; private property or something) with what I think is coral (?) everywhere.

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The red crab was found partially dismembered laying out on the deception pass state park beach.

On our way back we stopped by Rainier NP and did some hiking there; started on the Grove of the Patriarchs, but abandoned due to crowds and tried not-at-all busy trail. Was too cloudy to see the mountain.

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