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N 172 B 3.8K C 50 E Oct 9, 2013 F Oct 29, 2018
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A couple fellow hikers pause to catch their breath and take in some of the beauty that is Smith Rock while hiking the Misery Trail (steep but not all that long: good thing).

"This landscape of rock spires, cliffs, and canyonlands lies along the northern edge of the Crooked River caldera, a 26-mile long, 17-mile wide volcanic depression formed through a series of super-volcanic eruptions between 29.7 and 27.5 million years ago. Eruptions from the Crooked River caldera deposited massive volumes (>140 cubic miles) of tuff and rhyolitic lavas, dikes, and domes. All of these volcanic features are now well exposed in the rock walls of Smith Rock State Park.

Approximately 400,000 years ago, more recent lava flows erupted from Newberry Volcano, twenty-five miles south of present-day Bend, and flowed north, largely covering the caldera-filling tuff and diverting the Crooked River up against Smith Rock. Both older and younger rocks at Smith Rock State Park have been deeply eroded, sculpted, and incised by the modern-day Crooked River."
oregonencyclopedia.com

A fascinating geological wonder!

Thanks for the visit. Always appreciated!

Have a wonderful week!


Tags:   Crooked River Oregon Smith Rock Smith Rock State Park Terrebonne Crooked River Caldera Caldera tuff Misery Trail trails hikes volcanic

N 196 B 5.3K C 149 E Oct 4, 2018 F Oct 21, 2018
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When in Victoria one must visit this nearby world-class garden. Incredible...

"Robert Pim Butchart (1856–1943) and his wife Jennie Butchart (1866–1950) came to the west coast of Canada because of rich limestone deposits necessary for their cement production business.

In 1904, they established their home near his quarry on Tod Inlet at the base of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island.

In 1907, 65-year-old garden designer Isaburo Kishida of Yokohama came to Victoria to design some gardens. Several prominent citizens, Jennie Butchart among them, commissioned Japanese gardens from Kishida for their estates. .

In 1909, when the limestone quarry was exhausted, Jennie set about turning it into the Sunken Garden (seen here), which was completed in 1921. They named their home "Benvenuto" ("welcome" in Italian), and began to receive visitors to their gardens.

In 1939, the Butcharts gave the Gardens to their grandson Ian Ross (1918–1997) on his 21st birthday. Ross was involved in the operation and promotion of the gardens until his death 58 years later.

In 2004, to mark the 100th anniversary of The Gardens were designated as a national historic site.

Ownership of The Gardens remains within the Butchart family; the owner and managing director since 2001 is the Butcharts' great-granddaughter Robin-Lee Clarke." Wikipedia

The gardens receive over a million visitors each year. With 55 acres of colorful scenes like this it is easy to see why.

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday and the week ahead.


Tags:   Butchart Gardens Gardens Japanese Gardens Brentwood Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Butchart Sunken Gardens

N 210 B 3.7K C 49 E Aug 16, 2017 F Oct 13, 2018
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Looking at Mt. Rainier after hiking from the Visitor Center to the top of Dege Peak. A lenticular cloud was departing from the crown. The air was fresh but the winds were wicked. A favorite hike.

A couple more pics from this hike in comments.

Thanks for hiking along with me.

Enjoy a wonderful autumn weekend, hopefully warm and colorful.

Tags:   Mt. Rainier Mt. Rainier National Park volcano Sunrise Sunrise Visitor Center Dege Peak Dege Peak trail hike Washington Lenticular cloud

N 205 B 4.8K C 53 E Jun 11, 2013 F Jul 6, 2018
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Love this well-named trail, The Hall of Mosses. Walking thru here is like walking thru a living green cathedral, verdant and vibrant.

"Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest.

The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park's most popular destinations." nps.gov

Happy Friday!

Tags:   Hoh Rainforest Hall of Mosses Trail trails hikes moss lush Olympic National Park Washington

N 187 B 4.2K C 35 E Aug 9, 2017 F May 4, 2018
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Hiking the Pinnacle Peak trail with Mt. Rainier rising majestically ahead. Smiles with each step.

Happy Friday!

Tags:   Pinnacle Peak Trail Pinnacle Peak hikes hiking Mt. Rainier volcano Mt. Rainier National Park Washington


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