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Old 10-09-2016, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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This past summer we drove out west to the Black Hills, Yellow Stone, and Grand Tetons. The mountains out there are grand and strikingly beautiful. I wish we had something similar in the eastern half of the country.

Hiking through the mountains and back country was a bit of a let down however. At least where we hiked. I realized It's hard to compete with the sheer lush beauty of the eastern mountains when you are actually up inside them hiking.

A few pics from KY for the hikers among you.

https://www.google.com/search?q=red+...HSfkAi4QsAQITg

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Old 10-09-2016, 05:48 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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One of the nice things about the US is the variety of natural beauty. I have been in about 40 states and hiked many mountains. There are a lot of differences, but all have been beautiful. Around here the top of the Olympics are really spectacular, but I prefer the temperate rainforests, with all of the moss, nurse logs and stumps.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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One of the nice things about the US is the variety of natural beauty. I have been in about 40 states and hiked many mountains. There are a lot of differences, but all have been beautiful. Around here the top of the Olympics are really spectacular, but I prefer the temperate rainforests, with all of the moss, nurse logs and stumps.
This! I grew up in New England and now live in Washington and it's about as lush here as you can get lol. I'm referring to western Wa btw. I try to hit the trails regularly and post a bunch of pics/videos on my instagram if you want to check em out to see what I mean

https://www.instagram.com/fluffydelusions/

EDIT: Here's a few I took this past week


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Old 10-11-2016, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Left coast
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we backpacked for years in the Emigrant Wilderness north of Yosemite (Ansel Adams scenery anyone) its gorgeous and not crowded-- also the Trinity Alps in CA....

I think you would find plenty of scenery there.... and exercise, lol....
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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This past summer we drove out west to the Black Hills, Yellow Stone, and Grand Tetons. The mountains out there are grand and strikingly beautiful. I wish we had something similar in the eastern half of the country.

Hiking through the mountains and back country was a bit of a let down however. At least where we hiked. I realized It's hard to compete with the sheer lush beauty of the eastern mountains when you are actually up inside them hiking.
That is the difference between the high plains to alpine biotic zones of the Rocky Mtns compared to the Riparian zones of the Appalachians.
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