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Eric Brink's rating: Oct 09, 2011
Mount Hood, called Wy'east by the Multnomah tribe, is a stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc of Northern Oregon. Mount Hood is considered the Oregon volcano most likely to erupt, although based ... read more
on its history, an explosive eruption is unlikely. Still, the odds of an eruption in the next 30 years are estimated at between 3 and 7 percent, so the USGS characterizes it as "potentially active". The mountain is named after a British Admiral, Samuel Hood in 1792. It was then described as "A very high, snowy mountain rising beautifully conspicuous in the midst of an extensive tract of low or moderately elevated land" Lewis and Clark were the first Americans of European descent to see the mountain, on October 18, 1805. Two French explorers from Hudson's Bay Company may have traveled into the Dog River area east of Mount Hood in 1818. They reported climbing to a glacier on "Montagne de Neige" (Mountain of Snow). Mount Hood's elevation is at least 11,239 feet and is home to 12 glaciers, the Timberline Lodge, 6 ski areas, the Timberline Trail (around the entire Mountain), and lots of other hiking and outdoor adventure. It is the highest point in Oregon and stunning to look at in the distance. Among my favourite viewpoints have been at the top of the OHSU Tram, on the top level parking structure at PDX, an of course along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
eight miles northeast of Mineral - PO Box 100, Mineral
Eric Brink's rating: Mar 13, 2011
Lassen is a a bit more of a drive to get to from the Bay Area than say Yosemite. And the views aren't quite as stunning. Yet there's something to be said for feeling that you have a National Park to ... read more
yourself and being able to just relax without fighting the hordes. The hikes are excellent and the geothermal sights are often a wonder to behold. The drive through the Park is nice and Drakesbad (in the Park),the Bidwell House (in Chester), and a few places in or around Mineral are great alternatives to the nicely appointed campgrounds. And do try some of the more remote parts of the park like Cinder Cone. And on your drive back try Lake Almador and the Feather River Valley. Or go out north and see Burney Falls. Chico's also worth a stop on your way up. And it's more scenic that cutting over to Lassen at I-5.
Eric Brink's rating: Sep 18, 2011
UPDATE - 12/2012 Same As It Ever Was! Gayle and I returned to Crater Lake National Park a few weeks ago at the tail end of our annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip to Ashland. We thought it would ... read more
be cool to take the long way home and visit the most stunning Crater Lake once again. This time, we treated ourselves and stayed at the Lodge. We hiked around, we hung out at the Lodge's Deck, Lounge, and in front of the Fireplace, had a nice Dinner, and of course couldn't get enough of the views (especially at dusk and dawn). Crater Lake National Park is isolated and takes awhile to get here, but it's so worth it and an experience that certainly I'll never forget. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- After a wonderful Family Wedding weekend in Pasco Washington, it was time to drive home. Gayle wanted to go straight back, but since Crater Lake was on the way, I suggested that we stop and enjoy the views. Even off US 97, it's a bit of a drive to the North Entrance. And even as we entered the park and crossed the Pumice Desert, she and the Kid were getting a bit impatient. However, the payoff came soon enough at the first scenic overlook. You have to climb up a small hill to see the view, and what a stunning spectacle it is! The scenery is striking and the Lake is so gloriously blue. We also went over the Crater Lake Lodge (and a few places in between) and admired slightly different, but even more inspiring views. I had been here about 25 years ago in the Winter after driving up from Medford on Highway 62. The Winter view is different, but equally stunning. As we headed South to Klamath, Gayle thanked me for pushing for this scenic detour. And when I got home, I started working on details of whether a future joint Ashland-Crater Lake trip might be possible.
Persis Ratouis' rating: Mar 11, 2014
Absolutely breath taking! The dunes are very vast with varying steepness - bring either tall hiking boots or flip flops because you will be plunging into the sands to reach the crests. I recommend ... read more
coming at sunset (or sunrise)!
1400 South Lynn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-7801
Blue Lagoon spa
Svartsengi, 240 Grindavik, Iceland
Travis Katz's rating: Oct 22, 2010
Forget, for a moment, that this is the runoff from a geothemal power plant. The blue lagoon is one of the best places we went in Iceland. It is a giant themal pool/lake, the color of blue milk, set ... read more
among the lunar landscape outside of Rekyavik. You can get a massage while floating on a half-submerged mat in the hot water, eat at the restaurant, or just float in the thermal. Heaven! There is a hotel here and you can stay the night. We didn't do it but we wished we had. You really want to maximize your time here!
840 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA, United States
Frances Nguyen's rating: Mar 11, 2014
Grant Park is one of the main parks in East Atlanta. It's nice, but it comes alive in a spectacular way during spring when the trees are blooming with leaves and blossoms.
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