Cap Sante

Cap Sante in Anacortes offers scenic panoramic views of Fidalgo Bay and the Cascade Mountains. We found this gem on a rare Pacific Northwest sunny winter day. We had stopped for lunch in Anacortes at the Brown Lantern Tavern. Our waiter recommended we take a walk to Cap Sante. He gave us some directions and…

Hazel Trailhead

There’s a little gravel pull-off along the side of Highway 530 between Arlington and Darrington, Wa. You wouldn’t think from just driving by that there is plenty to explore here as well as richness in history of a town long forgotten. From the parking area you have the choice to let your eyes feast upriver…

Monte Cristo Townsite

From 1899 to 1907 Monte Cristo was a mining town. Harvesting mainly gold and Silver. Later on it became a resort town and now a well preserved ghost town. Something we don’t see enough of in the dampness of the great PNW. The hike out to the townsite is an adventure in its own. You…

Dry Falls

Dry Falls is located near Soap Lake in the Columbia Basin. These once massive waterfalls were created about a million years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch. This was a period of cooling and great ice sheets and glaciers were formed across the Eastern Washington. The ice grew to be over a mile thick. As the…

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Cemetery

Way out past Darrington, WA is an Indian reservation and beyond that is a quiet, secluded place where they have laid their people to rest for over a century now. The Sauk-Suiattle Cemetery is sacred ground and you can sense it just being there. Several miles through dense, pristine wilderness on the Suiattle River Road…

Thornton A. Sullivan Park

This park is located on Silver Lake in Everett. It’s right next to Camp Patterson which offers some fun summer day camps for kids. The Park has a dock, picnic shelters, swimming area, showers, a playground, and an outdoor ping pong table. It’s a great place for summertime hang outs and BBQs. The history behind…

White Chuck Boat Launch

Launch your boats, cast your lines, skip some rocks or go for a nature walk at the White Chuck boat launch. I spent the day here combing the beach and hiking the fishing trail that hugs the riverside. This is a scenic spot where the White Chuck River and the Sauk River join forces. The…

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park is located in Seattle. The Park has an award winning Environmental Learning Center that offers a variety of nature programs. You can find the learning center near the park entrance. You will also find a beautiful flower garden there. If you are a bird watcher check out this informational brochure before you visit….

Paulina Falls

Paulina Falls located in La Pine, Oregon can be a quick stop to look at some beautiful falls or a longer stroll along Paulina Creek. The Falls themselves are about 60 feet in height. The Creek forks right before the falls making them a double falls. These Falls are part of the Newberry National Volcanic…

Howard Miller Steelhead Park

Howard Miller Steelhead Park is located in the very small and charming town of Rockport, Wa. Howard Miller was a Skagit County Commissioner and helped facilitate the initial purchase of the first 15 acres of this park in 1966. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the park was dedicated in his honor and 88 more…

Drake Park

While we were on a recent trip to Eastern Oregon we stayed in Bend, Oregon. This town is a great place to stop and play or just relax. The town has some great shopping and dining. You will find some fantastic breweries. While staying in Bend we discovered Drake Park. The Park is located on…

Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood

“Redrum!” Who can forget Steven King’s iconic thriller The Shining? The Timberline lodge is where this iconic movie was filmed in 1980. The interior of the lodge was shot in studio, but the exterior portions of the movie were filmed at the Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood. As we drove up the famously curving forest…

Lower Baker Dam

Operated by Puget Sound Energy, the Lower Baker Dam is located just a mile above the confluence of the Baker and Skagit Rivers. Spanning Eden Canyon at 550 feet wide and 285 feet high. With the holding capacity of around 160,000 acres of water from the massive Lake Shannon above. This arch dam, designed for…

Washington Portland Cement Plant

In 1905 the apparent surplus of limestone in the Skagit Valley area and New York money brought the Washington Portland Cement Company to the Eastern banks of the Baker River. The area was then appropriately named Cement City”. This particular plant was first, but not the only. Just across river, in the town of Baker,…

Painted Hills

One of the many jewels of Oregon, the Painted Hills is a masterpiece of nature. The colors that run through the rock formations often seem out of this world as you tour the park. The contrasting colors represent different periods of paleo environments. Yellows indicate cooler arid era, while reds indicate warmer, wet, sometimes swampy…

Backman County Park

Backman County Park in Darrington, WA is your best bet for getting your watercraft launched onto the blue waters of the Sauk River if you’re coming from the Mountain Loop Highway. There’s a decent amount of parking and a single honey bucket on site, but not much else. Just easy access to one of the…

Sam Hill – Washington’s Stonehenge

Ever wonder where this phrase came from, “what in the Sam Hill?” Sam Hill was an American entrepreneur and a Quaker who made his fortune designing and building roads. He decided to spend his fortune building a town on the Columbia River named Maryhill. His dream was to build a Utopian Quaker community. Although, he…

Henry Thompson Bridge

The Henry Thompson Bridge in Concrete, Wa was built in 1916-18 and at the time was the largest single span cement bridge in the world. Henry was a Skagit County Commissioner who lobbied for its construction. Linking both sides of town together while continuing Highway 20 through the scenic Cascade Mountains. This antique bridge spans…

Crater Lake

When the mighty Mount Mazama blew some 7,700 years ago she forever changed the landscape and eco system of Eastern Oregon. This mountain loomed over 12,000 feet high and lost a mile off it height in the eruption. Ash clouds covered the sky and fell as far as Alberta, Canada. The eruption sent 12 cubic…

Heritage Park

Heritage Park is located in Lynnwood. You will find Lynwood’s visitors center, Sno-Isle Genealogical Society Research Library, Heritage Resource Center, and Interurban Car 55 at this park. It’s a small park, but has some picnic tables and shaded areas on the lawn. The visitors center is located in the Wickers Building. This Tudor style building…

Forest Trail Park

Located in the fancy pants neighborhood of Gleneagle Estates in Arlington, Wa is Forest Trail Park. I had high expectations for this park due to its distinguished location, but found myself a little underwhelmed. There is off-street parking, a basketball hoop, small playground and a “forest trail” that ends abruptly at the saddle of a…

Whatcom Falls

Whatcom Falls in Bellingham is a gorgeous park! You will not be disappointed with a stop here. The park boasts many trails throughout, but also has trails that branch out to Bloedel Donavan Park, St. Clair Park, Railroad Trail, and Bayview Cemetery. The trail to the Falls is easy going. A beautiful stone bridge built…

Fort Casey

Fort Casey is located on Whidbey Island and operated from 1907-1917 as a military fort. During WWI much of the artillery was shipped over seas for use on the battlefield, but the facility continued to stage soldiers for departure to the front lines in Europe. Today this 999 acre park stands as a monument to…

Lower Sauk Boat Launch

What a pretty spot to embark on a wild adventure on the Sauk River! I would even just hang out here for a day. There’s a nice picnic shelter and Honey Bucket available. Plus trails to the river. What more could you need than a few trees, mountainous views and a river? The launch itself…

Beach Campfire Spots

Friday nights are great date nights. This last Friday my husband and I decided to have a romantic fire on the beach. We stopped at Arnie’s to indulge in their happy hour menu. After dinner we found an open fire pit at Mukilteo Beach and we brought out the beach blanket and smore fixings. It…

Dot City Park

I have lived in this town for several years now and hadn’t ever stopped at Dot City Park. Even though I drive by it often I’m sure glad I did, as I really could see the work that has gone into this little pocket park in Darrington, Wa. Dorothy “Dot” Larson had donated the land…

Iron Goat Trail

We decided to take a midweek adventure and hike the Iron Goat Trail near Stevens Pass, WA. There are two trailheads for this hike one at milepost 55 and near the summit off the Old Cascades Highway. It was midweek and the trailhead was empty except for two bears about a quarter mile from the…

Golden Gardens Park

Harry W. Treat developed and named Golden Gardens Park in 1907. He developed this park as a place for a Sunday outing for Seattle residents. The park has an off leash dog park, playground, beach, volleyball courts and an event center. It’s located in the Ballard are at 8498 Seaview Pl. NW, Seattle, WA. Golden…

Discovery Park

There is so much to discover at Discovery Park located at 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA. Take the 2.8 mile loop to check things out or zig zag yourself through the park on the nearly 12 miles of hiking trails. First thing to do is stop at the visitors center at the East parking…

Olympic Game Farm

There is just no other experience like visiting the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, Wa. It’s basically a gigantic petting zoo combined with a safari. You can hand feed Tibetan Yaks, llamas, Roosevelt elk, Sika deer, American bison, and Zebras from your car window. Other animals you will see are bears, a lion, tiger, cougar…

Meadowdale Beach

This trailhead to the beach is located at Meadowdale Beach Park at 6026 156th St SW, Edmonds, WA 98026. To get to this beach is a trek. Follow the trail through shady Lund’s Gulch. The trail follows the creek down to the beach. Take care to bring bug spray. Shade and water breed mosquitoes and…

Salsbury Point County Park

Sitting at the South hand of the Hood Canal bridge is Salsbury Point County Park. A nice spot to stretch the legs after some long, cramped road tripping! That’s precisely what my friend Lindsay and I did and we certainly got more than we expected. This is a great access point to a nice, long…

Forgotten Creek Natural Area

Everett, Wa has become quite developed over the years and where there was once thriving forests and babbling brooks there now stands a sort of concrete jungle. However, if you look hard enough one can find little gems such as the Forgotten Creek Natural Area. A place that gives respite from the hustle and bustle…

Depot Park

Depot Park in Everett, Wa is a labor of love. Back in 1997 a group of volunteers called Friends of the Olde Everett Station and the BNSF Railroad joined forces in transforming this small strip of abandoned land into a beautiful gathering place for the community. Sitting just South of the former Train station. Once…