National Park Inn, Longmire, WA – Photo: http://www.nationalparklover.com
National Park Inn, Longmire, WA – Photo: http://www.nationalparklover.com
General Information – Longmire Area – Elevation 2,761 feet
“Longmire area is in the Nisqually River valley at an elevation of 2,761 feet (842 m) between The Ramparts Ridge and the Tatoosh Range. Longmire is surrounded by old-growth douglas fir, western red cedar and western hemlock…” Read more..wikipedia
Located 4.5 miles from Longmire on the road to Paradise, just 0.2 mile from the Comet Falls parking area. The best way to view this 60-foot plunging waterfall is to park and walk down the short path to the viewpoint below the stone bridge. The waterfall is named for Christine Van Trump, daughter of P.B. Van Trump, one of the first climbers of Mount Rainier.”
Take an easy 0.4-mile walk from the Paradise Inn northeast along the paved Skyline Trail to Edith Creek. A steep stairway descends to a superb viewpoint overlooking the 60-foot waterfall with Mount Rainier towering in the background.”
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The Historic Paradise Inn, Mt. Rainier, – Photo: www.kellyphotography.net
Open May 20 – October 5, 2015
The Paradise Inn, built in 1916 and designated as one of the “Great Lodges of the West” provides 121 guest rooms, the Paradise Inn Dining Room, Tatoosh Café, and gift shop filled with souvenirs, apparel, memorable gifts, prints from local photographers, and pottery crafted by local artisans.
In 1919, Han Fraehnke, a German carpenter, added much of the decorative woodwork that he designed and built himself. A skilled craftsman, Han also built the lodge’s rustic piano and the 14 foot grandfather clock.
Step outside the historic Paradise Inn accommodations and be welcomed by the site of meadows in full bloom, miles of trails that lead to adventures in all directions and explore the outdoors the way it was meant to be, free from modern life stresses and distractions. Stand in awe of Nisqually Glacier and head out to the Longmire Museum or the visitor centers at Ohanopecosh, Sunrise and Paradise for more information and displays of the areas rich history.
Tipsoo Lake – Naches Peak Loop Trail: Elevation 5299 Feet
Distance, round-trip: 3.5 miles
Elevation gain: 500 feet
Hiking time, round-trip: 2 hours
Wilderness camps: None
Park at Tipsoo Lake, .5 mile west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. For a clockwise hike of the Naches Peak Loop Trail, follow the trail from the picnic area to Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest Trail.
This easy loop is one of the most popular hikes in the park. It starts out along the Pacific Crest Trail at Chinook Pass and leads south, traversing the east side of Naches Peak 1.6 miles until intersecting the Naches Loop Trail. To continue the loop and return to Tipsoo Lake in 1.4 miles, follow the Naches Loop Trail along the west side of Naches Peak.
Along the Trail:
To get the best views of Mount Rainier, hike the loop in a clockwise direction. This loop provides the hiker with breathtaking views of the Mountain, a look at beautiful subalpine meadows, and an abundant supply of huckleberries in late summer and early fall.
“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”– Christopher McCandless
2. สถาบันศิลปะแห่งชิคาโก้ (Art Institute of Chicago)
3. Blues Music
4. Skydeck Chicago
5. 360° Chicago
6. The Field Museum
7. The Magnificent Mile
8. Shedd Aquarium
9. Public Art
10. Pritzker Pavilion
Bonus – Of course you have to try – Deep Dish Pizza, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, and Intelligentcia Coffee (I only got to try the coffee — not for the lack of trying ;))
The Testing of Grace Sherwood
The witchcraft case of Grace Sherwood is one of the best known in Virginia. She was accused of bewitching a neighbor’s crop in 1698. Allegations grew over time until the Princess Anne County government and her accusers decided she would be tested by ducking, since water was considered pure and would not permit a witch to sink into its depths. Sherwood accusers on 10 July 1706 tied here hands to her feet and dropped her into the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River near what is now known as Witch Duck Point. Sherwood floated — a sign of guilt. She was imprisoned, but was eventually released. Sherwood lived the rest of her life quietly and died in 1740.
At the base of her statue at the corner of North Witchduck Road and Independence Blvd.,Virginia Beach, VA, a plague inscribed with the following can be found:
“The Trial of 1706
At Witchduck Point, 10 AM, July 10th, 1706, Grace Sherwood, the daughter of a carpenter and the wife of a planter in the County of Princess Anne, was accused by neighbors of witchcraft. Grace was tried in the Second Princess Anne County Courthouse, found guilty, and consented to the traditional trial by water, Grace was tied crossbound and dropped into water above man’s depth. If she were to sink and drown, she was innocent and could be buried on holy ground, Grace did float, thus was guilty as the pure water was casting out her evil spirit. She was incarcerated in the local jail just beyond this statue. After her release, Grace paid the back taxes on her property in 1714, returned to her famr and worked the land until her death at age 80 in the autumn of 1740. Grace Sherwood, Virginia’s only convicted witch tried by water, she lays claim to Witchduck Road. Her legend lives on as “The Infamous Witch of Pungo”.
In 2006, 300 years after the trial, Timothy Kaine, the Governor of Virginia officially restored her good name.
The Bing Kong Tong (Chinese: 秉公堂; pinyin: Bǐnggōng Táng) was one of the powerful Tongs in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the early 20th century. Since most, if not all, Chinatowns founded in the United States in the 19th century were founded by migrants from the province of Canton (Guangdong in mandarin Chinese, which is a spoken Chinese dialect different from that spoken by the Cantonese), many place names were transliterated from the Cantonese dialect. The word 堂, “tong” or “tong4”, here means “hall” and is not to be confused with 黨, “dong2”, which means gang or (political) party. Bing Kong Tong would be more accurately transliterated as “Bing2 Goong1 Tong4”, meaning “hall upholding justice”. Perhaps because many halls rivaled each other and had loyalists who would form gangs, it seems that the confusion has been perpetrated and perpetuated.
Known as the Bing Kong Tong Society (or Bing Kung Association in Seattle, Washington), the organization was one of the largest in California when the Hop Sing and Suey Sing Tongs allied against the Bing Kongs, instigating one of the most violent of the Tong wars in the United States. As the gang war continued, the numerous murders caught the attention of the press as the often gruesome slayings were detailed. Eventually an investigation headed by Santa Rosa, California, attorney Wallace L. Ware, in cooperation with the District Attorney’s office, exposed the extent of the Bing Kongs influence throughout the Chinese American populations along the west coast and southwestern United States (as far as the conviction of four members for a Tong murder in Kingman, Arizona). Weakened by the decade long war against the rival Tongs as well as state authorities, the Bing Kongs would eventually merge as a powerful trade union, under the Association; Free Masons although it is suspected by federal and local law enforcement officials to still have remaining ties to organized crime. (source: wikipedia)
Anna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida in the United States. It is bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, on the south by Longboat Pass (which separates it from Longboat Key), on the east by Sarasota Bay and Sarasota Pass, and on the north by Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island is approximately seven miles long north to south.
A subspecies of the Indian Manatees (Sea Cows) are frequent summer visitors at Anna Maria Island. Also, from May through October in Florida, sea turtles come ashore to nest on the beaches. The entire island is a bird sanctuary, and pelicans, multiple types of cranes and herons, wild parrots, sand pipers, hawks, vultures, seagulls, and crows share the island with humans.