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How to see Elk at Mount Rainier

By Emmalee David
Published: 10/17/14 Topics: Comments:

Staying in the Greenwater Crystal Mountain area of Washington State near Mount Rainier? There are many perks to spending time in this area; a reprieve from the city, fresh air, beautiful homes and endless outdoor activities. If you're like me, seeing wildlife is always thrilling.

Something about seeing animals in their natural habitat truly makes the immersion in the forest feel authentic.

Staying in a vacation rental home in Greenwater give you a great opportunity to view Elk without traveling too far. You could even get lucky and not have to leave the comfort of the cabin!

Elk are most active during dawn and dusk periods. Being aware during these times significantly heightens your chances. Moving in herds, take a look at the ground to check for tracks.

Elk tracks are easy to spot, their weight guarantees they leave tracks on just about any malleable surface and there should be many tracks.

Being quiet and minimizing movement increases your chances of not scaring them off.

In my experience, I have seen the most Elk during dusk hours along the White River, accessible to guests staying in our Greenwater homes from neighborhood trails.

In the morning look for them moving from dense woods, this could be through property and also on roads in Crystal Ranch. Always remember to give them space and appreciate from a distance.

Happy viewing.

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Author: Emmalee David – , Istay Reservations
Blog #: 0376 – 10/17/14

A Map, a Map, My Kingdom for a Map

By William May
Published: 07/20/14 Topics: Comments:

Folded like origami (Japanese paper art), maps have been an indispensible tool for travelers for centuries. But today with Global Positioning Statellites (GPS) and Smart Phones, travel can be much easier but it does require some common sense. Read more

Outdoors-For-All, the Heros Among Us

By William May
Published: 06/09/14 Topics: Comments:

Donate your home to charities for their use and fundraising and post your generosity on See how the Ski-For-All Foundation gave property owners the great satisfaction of helping disabled kids and adults to ski. Read more

Crowing About Our New Mobile Website

By William May
Published: 05/01/14 Topics: Comments:

It may not sound earth-shaking but Redstone Systems, creator of the software has just added their evolutionary new mobile websites to our system. Check it on your mobile phone now. Read more

What I do for a living

By William May
Published: 04/08/14 Topics: Comments:

After a tragedy that has taken dozens of life in the small town of Oso Washington State, first-responders open the door to untrained volunteers after realizing they are better equipped at working in such difficult conditions. Read more

Varoom Vacation Rental Cooperative Springs to Life

By William May
Published: 02/23/14 Topics: Comments:

Even with the thousands of advertising websites catering to vacation rental owners, guests often search in vain to find the perfect accommodations. Now the website www,, the world's first Vacation Rental Cooperative matches guests with property owners and managers to increase bookings. Read more

Like Happy Lemmings to the Seahawk

By William May
Published: 02/06/14 Topics: Seattle, Sports Comments:

On a frigid but stunningly bright blue sky day in the city of Seattle, the population of the region gathered together with one mind to share in the joy of something bigger than any of them could ever experience alone. To spread smiles and happiness for something seemingly simple but rare. Read more

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