Trek for Treasure Hiking Challenge

Trek for Treasure is a hiking challenge hosted by local non-profit United Fitness Center in Sedro-Wooley. This challenge is 12-weeks in length. The challenge includes six hikes, with a bonus hike for those all complete all six. You have two weeks to complete each hike. At the end of each hike you will find a…

Roslyn’s Historic Cemetery

Roslyn was founded in 1886 as a coal mining town. The Vice President of the Northern Pacific Coal Company gave the town its name choosing to name it after his fiancé, Roslyn. Coal mining became a lucrative business in Roslyn in the following years. It brought immigrants from far and wide. The town boasted 24…

Rainy Day Portland

We recently spent a weekend in Portland. As typical for this time of year it was raining. So, I went to plan B. We played a round of mini golf at Portland’s Glowing Green Mini Golf Course followed by delicious food truck cuisine and Voodoo Donuts. The Glowing Greens in Portland had just opened two…

Witch’s Castle

Forest Park covers over 5,200 acres and considered one of the largest city parks in the United States. The park is an easy two or three mile drive from downtown Portland. It’s well worth a stop. Portland’s heavy rains feed beautiful emerald green mosses and ferns that create a fairytale setting. I imagine there are…

Port of Everett

In the late 1800s what is now the Port of Everett was a buzz, literally with Shingle mills. These days the Port is a buzz with development. Much of the Port is getting a face lift. Visit the Port of Everett  website to learn more about this expansive makeover. Let’s start at the South Pier…

Picnic Point and Ship Graveyard

This is a small park located in North Lynnwood on the Puget Sound. Much like Howarth Park you need to use a pedestrian bridge to cross the train tracks. This little park has some fantastic views of the water, Whidbey Island, and the Olympic Mountains. Follow the walkway down to the beach to find picnic…

Cicely, Alaska A.K.A. Roslyn

I’m not a big TV watcher, but there are a couple of shows I really loved. One of these is Northern Exposure. It ran from 1990 to 1995. Northern Exposure was about a small town in Cicely, Alaska. The series was actually filmed in Roslyn, Washington. This small town has also been used as the…

Evergreen Arboretum & Legion Park

The Evergreen Arboretum is a gorgeous little secret.  It’s a beautiful three and half acre garden tucked away in Legion Park in Everett. The garden was established in 1963 and is known as Snohomish County’s “Treasure.” Enjoy the garden’s art collection as you take in your surroundings. The Arboretum has a wide variety of indigenous…

Little Mountain Park

All of Skagit Valley’s beauty is laid out below when you reach the summit of Little Mountain. The farmlands are like quilt squares and the Skagit River flows like a ribbon binding it all together. In late April and early March the valley floor is ablaze with bright color from the tulip blooms. If you’re…

Entiat City Park

The Entiat City Park has a lot to offer. Most of the facilities are newer having been completed a few years ago. The park offers a boat launch, lake side nature trail for pedestrians or bicyclists, both tent camping and RV sites, playground, covered picnic sites, and a nice sandy swimming beach. Entiat is a…

Tumwater Dam

The Tumwater Dam is located between Leavenworth and Stevens pass, near milepost 95. It was built in 1909 by The Great Northern Railway Company. It was one of the biggest dams of its time this side of Niagara Falls. You might be wondering what the heck would the railroad need electricity out in the middle…

Rocky Reach Dam

Construction began in 1956 on the Rocky Reach Dam. This dam now has eleven generators and contributes over 115,000 volts to our power grid. It’s an interesting place to stop.  You may think you aren’t allowed because the facility is surrounded by chain link fencing and you have to check in at the gate, but…