Mt. Rainier is clearly visible from the interior of Kelly Butte Lookout on a sunny day in early October. Originally built in 1926 the lookout was rebuilt in 1950 and restored in 2006 and is on the listed on the National Historic Lookout Register. This lookout features a vintage Osborne 1934 Model Fire Finder on a stand in the center of the lookout. My understanding is that this historic lookout is available for overnight use on a first come first served basis. I took this photo just in time because only 30 minutes later, as we were descending the trail, we met two Forest Service Rangers who were hiking up to shutter and lock up the lookout for the winter.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.