View of a long-abandoned cabin belonging to Lars Ahlstrom, located near Cape Alava in Olympic National Park, Washington. A Scandinavian settler, he started homesteading the nearby prairie (now called Ahlstroms Prairie) at the start of the 20th century along w/ a nearby Scandinavian neighbor named Peter Roose who homesteaded nearby Rooses Prairie. Both settlers constructed cabins, barns, & fences. They cultivated small gardens & raised chickens & Roose even grazed up to 100 head of sheep for selling wool. Roose abandoned his homestead in the 1920-30s & Ahlstrom in the early 1960s. Ahlstrom routinely burned his property to improve grazing. Trekking off the trail a few hundred feet to the northwest was another abandoned structure of Ahlstrom that was collapsed & disappearing from the vegetation. Ahlstrom Prairie (along w/ nearby Rooses Prairie) have been dramatically shrinking in recent decades due to tree encroachment. Most of the trees through the windows have appeared since the mid-1980s. An unmarked trail spurs off from the Cape Alava trail to this historic site. His property has been left in decay while Roose's homestead is restored & maintained by the park service.
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.