Hi, I’m Eric. I’m a photographer and software developer living near Seattle, Washington.

I enjoy traveling worldwide and often blog about my travels on my main site, ericscouten.com.

146 Parks is a photography and blogging project designed for these times when we need to stay closer to home. By my count, my home state of Washington has 146 state parks. I intend to visit, enjoy, and document them all.

New (November 2022): If you want to stay updated for new park posts, follow my Mastodon account at @scouten@techhub.social.

I hope you enjoy following along.

One year ago today, I took the ferry to Lopez Island and started this project by making a few photos in Spencer Spit State Park. Today’s park, Schafer, offers a walk along the Satsop River and some fall colors.

Belfair State Park and recently-visited Twanoh State Park are like bookends at the south end of the Hood Canal. On this fall day, it was a great time for a walk along the coast and to enjoy moody cloudscapes.

As I’ve written before on this site, I find commemorations of white man’s “victory” over native peoples challenging to talk about. Even though this particular battle is considered a victory for the native side, we all know how this drama ultimately played out.

I so enjoyed my previous beach park visit that I came back for another on the next weekend opportunity. Griffiths-Priday State Park offers an opportunity to step back and let Mother Nature bathe you in sound and sights.