Visit Chelan in the off Season

The town of Chelan sits on the banks of beautiful Lake Chelan. The first post office was established in 1890 and much of the little town still holds that historic charm. It’s always been a resort town due to it’s intense beauty. The first resort was built in 1892, but lumber and mining were also economic…

Howarth Park

This beach is hidden off the main road near Mukilteo.  There are two parts to this park an upper park with play equipment, tennis courts, old growth stumps, and spectacular views. Drive a little further and you will find first a lookout point with some limited parking, but keep following Olympic Blvd. At the bottom…

Franklin Ghost Town

The thing I loved most about this hike is that it has a so many different branches and off shoots.  There is so much to see here.  Franklin was a sprawling mining town with a population that fluctuated greatly. The community began in the 1890s when the railroad arrived and several coal mines were established….

Paddle Board Yoga

With spring on its way, I decided to try a paddle board yoga class to get more acquainted with paddle boarding. This adventure really works your core. I’ve taken the class twice. Both times I felt really unstable at first, but it gets better as you get used to it. Once we got our “sea legs”…

Mukilteo Beach – Campfires and Special Memories

Mukilteo Beach is a picturesque place to visit. The lighthouse is still in operation for navigation purposes and provides a scenic photo opportunity with the ferry passing in the background.  The lighthouse and grounds also act as a museum and gift shop open April through September. Put into service In 1906 this facility is well…

Historical Snoqualmie Train Depot

The first trains chugged their way into Snoqualmie in 1889. This caused the already lucrative logging industry to boom. The trains created a quick and efficient way to move logs from outlying areas to mills and on to market. This park is a collection of retired rail cars. Each train car has been carefully researched…

Snoqualmie Falls – So Much More to See!

You may have stopped at Snoqualmie Falls to view its magnificent 270 feet drop, but if you haven’t visited the lower falls park, you haven’t really seen the falls. The views from the lower park boardwalk are phenomenal.  It’s easy to miss this wonder because while the upper falls are right off the main highway,…

Is it a “Hobbit Hole” or a Mine at the Base of Explorer Falls?

Explorer Falls, formerly known as Wheeler Falls, is located near Lake Roesiger in Snohomish. The trail has gotten more difficult since the last time I was there. It has washed out at a little more than a mile from the trailhead. You now need to climb down the embankment, cross a stream, and climb back…

Arlington’s Art Walk

The Centennial Trail was built on the old Burlington-Northern Railroad track. It runs from Stanwood to Snohomish. That’s 29 miles of scenic bicycling and walking paved trail. It’s a county treasure to be sure. My family loves to go bicycling anytime of year on the trail.  The Centennial trail begins at the Nakashima Barn in…

Mount Vernon Getaway

We were on our way to Bellingham when traffic began to back-up so we slipped off the highway and decided to explore the town of Mount Vernon.  This is not your parents Mount Vernon.  This town has seen a serious revitalization in the last several years.  There is a scenic boardwalk that follows the river….

Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens & Pilchuck Living History Farm

The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens & Pilchuck Living History Farm are located right off the highway on exit 215 in the Stanwood area. It makes for a great rest stop break. The site cover 20 acres. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and explore. The gardens have .75 miles of ADA accessible trails that…

Japanese Gulch

The Japanese Gulch is located in Mukilteo, Washington and is a series of heavily wooded parks totaling 98 acres. The park has miles of trails for walking, running, or biking.  If you bring your dog, make sure you keep it on a leash. While visiting we spotted a coyote on the trail. The Mukilteo Community…