ABOUT WASHINGTONWashington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the forty-second state in 1889. The United States Census Bureau estimated the state's population to be 6,664,195 in 2009.
Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle and 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century.
Festivals and Events
Sea Kayak the San Juan Islands
For sea kayakers, the San Juan Islands combine the best of all worlds: Only an hour ferry ride from the mainland, they’re sheltered from ocean swells by the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island, and yet, with some 170 islands and islets, they offer endless opportunities for adventure. Though kayakers can easily put in just a few hours of paddling, doing so for several days offer a true immersion."
Transect the Olympic
“An abundance of grit and manly vim” was requisite for a spot on the first transect of the Olympic Peninsula, the Press Expedition of 1889. The group’s vim got tested; they did it in the dead of winter. Trace their route in a saner season (we recommend summer) and you’ll cross the interior of Olympic National Park in a week on trails that thread the lush territory between Mount Olympus and Hurricane Ridge.
Climb Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier won’t be taken lightly. Four other mountains in the Lower 48 exceed it in height, yet each can be summited in what amounts to a long day hike while wearing trail shoes. Roughly half of Rainier climbers are turned back, due mostly to severe weather and fatigue. Commercial outfitters simplify the process enormously, but in the end you climb your own mountain."