CheckmateApostates t1_jc8v5s2 wrote

The last time I saw a rattlesnake was out at the lakes near Quincy. I heard a rattle and saw it slither under a rock, so my dumb ass walked up as close as I could to take a picture of it. Honestly, I'm surprised I'm not* dead yet.


CheckmateApostates t1_ja5glcu wrote

Ellensburg and Yakima are in Central Washington

Edit: btw, Ellensburg is the home of Central Washington University and the City of Yakima literally says on its website that it's in Central Washington.

Wenatchee, WSDOT, and State Parks also distinguish Central from eastern, so idk man


CheckmateApostates t1_j6anmap wrote

I backpacked in to Lewis Meadows during the first week of April. It was very cold and rainy with a lot of very large blowdowns, but it was nice when it cleared up and the sun came out on the hike out. If you want the rainforest experience, it's definitely a time of the year when you'll get it.


CheckmateApostates t1_j55zkxd wrote

Reply to comment by Vettkja in Enchanted Valley by Vettkja

Gotcha! So as far as the Enchanted Valley is concerned, there's still snow on the ground at the chalet through March, but the grounds are open for use if you're into that sort of backpacking experience.

(accidentally replied at first as a reply to your post, not this comment)


CheckmateApostates t1_j54n1sx wrote

If you're looking to do something in ONP, anything on the coast is a viable option since it's all at sea level, just as long as the weather isn't stormy.


CheckmateApostates t1_j45ahtg wrote

I haven't been to Massachusetts, but I did live in Ithaca, NY for two years and I couldn't wait to move back to Washington. I didn't like the climate, especially the hot, humid, sunless, stormy summers (don't get me started with the umbrellas everywhere). It felt like I was living in a jungle and I sorely missed the dry, sunny summers in the rain shadows of the Olympics and the Cascades.

On that note, the so-called mountains of the east were not very impressive, to say the least. There's more to it, and I know what I mentioned applies mainly to the Finger Lakes Region and not Massachusetts, but those were some of my major gripes.


CheckmateApostates t1_j3jtt3o wrote

No one calls it Wazzu anymore

Edit: Gotta love getting downvoted by alumni who haven't been to Pullman since Bill Doba was coach lmao. If any of you ever come back to Pullman, call the university "Wazzu" and see what reaction you get from the people who live and work there. It's nothing but nostalgia for a bygone era, and alumni living on the west side apparently never got the message.


CheckmateApostates t1_j32krw1 wrote

Snoqualmie Pass is usually good by March/April. Astronomical twilight ends out there before 9 pm up to March 27th, so that could be a good time.

I'm an avid hiker/backpacker who lives in Spokane and I love living out here largely because of the access to the outdoors. Lots of good hiking immediately surrounding Spokane (although not necessarily what I'd consider destination hikes for someone from the west side, unless you're looking for something that's not the Olympics or Cascades) and then northward to the Salmo-Priest wilderness. If you can find the time from late June through September, I highly recommend Abercrombie Mountain and/or the nearby Salmo-Priest. Wildflower season up there is mid- to late July.


CheckmateApostates t1_j30lvxn wrote

Highway 26 between Washtucna and Colfax has some of the darkest skies along a major road. There's a big area where it's safe to pull over a little east of Washtucna.

Edit: Whoops, I just saw your avoidance of heading east of the Cascades lol. Maybe once the weather is better!