Park Tour, Travel

Explore a New Park #21: Fort Vancouver, Vancouver WA | July 4th Fireworks

Introduction | Fort Vancouver is a National Historical Park and they hold a July 4th Fireworks event. This is one of the biggest fireworks at West Coast. They play music while launch fireworks. They start fireworks after 10pm, which is later than other firework places. So, it is a good idea to bring warm cloths to wait for fireworks.

Park Features:

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How to find parking spot?

Parking is free on July 4th on street. There would be traffic jam after fireworks, so if possible, I’d recommend to park where you could exit from crowd easily. For example, closer to entrance to highway.

There were a couple of people checking car traffic on Evergreen Blvd. You could park on Reserve St or before the bridge. You need to take a walk to the park.

Food and Gift Shops?

Yes, at Visitor Center and Food Cart. You can bring outside food. There was a bag check at the park entrance.

What to do before fireworks start after 10pm?

Art Museum

The front door to enter the museum after the ticket office was unique. The museum ticket was free on July 4th.

Miniature of Fort Vancouver

When do the fireworks start?

Fireworks started around 10:05pm. It was already cold, so good to bring blankets.

Starting Fireworks
July 4th Signature Firework
There was a fire near the highway after the fireworks. Firefighters were able to stop the fire. Great Job!

Park Tour, Travel

Explore a New Park #17: Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, Oregon |Short Hiking

Introduction | Timberline lodge is built at an elevation of 5,960 feet (1,817 meters) within Mount Hood. There are about two million visitors annually. It takes about 1 hr 30 mins from Portland and it is good for hiking during summer and winter sports (ex: skiing and snowboarding) for winter.

Park Features:

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1.Road to Timberline – Highway US 26-West

Hwy26 -W and Mt Hood

2. Drove to downtown, Government Camp for bathroom break

3. Arrived at Timberline LodgeDSC_0747(1).JPG

4. In front of the lodgeDSC_0749(1).JPG

5. Timberline Lodge to mountains nearby. The lodge is at an elevation of 6000 feet.DSC_0750(1).JPG

6. Timberline Trail HeadDSC_0758(1).JPG

7. FlowerDSC_0762(1).JPG

8. Trail and Mt. Hood. It was cloudy.


9. Squirreldsc_07751.jpg

10. Entrance to Pacific Crest Trail (we turned around because of thunder storm)DSC_0778(1).JPG

11. SnowboardersDSC_0798(1).JPG

12. 10 minutes later. Thunderstorm…DSC_0795(1).JPG

13. SNOCAT Trucker by Timberline Lodge



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