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…

Ocean Shores

This small Washington beach town has six miles of sandy Pacific Ocean beach. One of the unique things about this beach is that you can drive on it. Do take care though, every time I have visited Ocean Shores I have watched at least one vehicle get pulled from the soft sand. If you pass…

James Cant Ranch

The James and Elizabeth Cant began ranching on this riverside farm in 1910. The Cants were Scottish immigrants. Elizabeth’s cup and saucer brought from her homeland sit on display in the farmhouse. This treasured cup and saucer from the homeland must have brought great comfort to Elizabeth. I have to think that the John Day…

Thomas Condon Paleontology Center

Thomas Condon was an immigrant from Irish arriving in New York in 1833. He was a minister, geologists, and paleontologist. He often held geology lectures in his church. Thomas Condon was the first scientist to recognize the significance of the the John Day Fossil Beds and the impact it would have on Paleontology. He was…

Forest Park

The city of Everett bought the land for Forest Park in 1894. The depression of 1893 delayed development of the park, but it soon flourished increasing in size in 1909, 1913, and 1916 with additional land purchases. The park is now nearly 200 acres in size. In 1914 a zoo was started at Forest Park….

Greider Lakes

I much prefer to write about an adventure freshly after it was had. Most of our adventures are, but in this case I am just anxious to tell you about this place. Facebook memories reminded me that this time last year was when my cousin Tom and I had set out on our great hunt…

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…

Maggie’s Park

This is quite possibly the tiniest park I have ever laid eyes on! Maggie’s Park in Everett, Wa is just .15 acres and consists of a single picnic bench and a lone tree. It does, however, have decent views of Puget Sound with the BNSF railway in the foreground. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=pnwadventur0b-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01DFDBXZ4&asins=B01DFDBXZ4&linkId=8f29555c3167bcc44d25bcb3ffb919d5&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffffAfter some research I discovered that…

Tour the Lake Part 3 (North Cove Park)

This tour around Lake Stevens began in a clockwise motion with long ago happenings at Lundeen Park and unusual history from North Lakeshore Swimming Beach. Today, we are visiting North Cove Park on the banks of Lake Stevens in Lake Stevens, Wa. This spot right here is what put this town on the map. Like…

Deadwater Slough

With a name like Deadwater Slough one must wonder if somewhere in history there lies a story. I did some research and encountered trouble finding its origins, but what did surface was an account of the Tragedy at Deadwater Slough. It was the winter of 1917 and temperatures were nearing freezing. Somewhere around 1:30 a.m….

White Chuck Overlook

Sometimes you just have to do mundane things in creative ways. After work this particular evening my husband and I rushed home to pull a picnic dinner together and we set off to find a dining spot out in nature. Dinner at home just wasn’t going to cut it. We ended up going to the…

River Meadows County Park

It was such a beautiful Spring day where the clouds parted and the sun told the flowers that they could come out and play. The drive into River Meadow County Park is just gorgeous this time of year. You wind down a lush hillside and through spacious grassland before reaching the parking lot. The 150…

Langus Riverfront Park

Langus Riverfront Park is located in Everett, Wa on Smith Island. If you look out across the slough that runs between Smith Island and the mainland you will notice old pilings that once held one of the Everett’s many mills during the days when lumber was king. The park was formed in 1988 and named…

Doyle Park

This park is located at 3330 Grand Ave in Everett, Wa. In 1914 William and Margaret Howarth moved to the home that stood on this property.  The Howarths built beautiful gardens inspired by some of their friends the Butcharts. The same Bucharts of the beautiful Buchart Gardens in Canada. The gardens featured a tennis court,…

Daiso “The Japanese Dollar Store”

I typically prefer to promote locally owned businesses here in the PNW, but this one is absolutely noteworthy. Daiso is a Japanese based company (est. 1972) that exhibits as a high end dollar store. Most items, in fact, are $1.50 each. Some $4 or more. With 3,000 stores worldwide, 7 of those are in Western…

Old Growth Reserve Trail

Photo credit Charlie Duncan Photography The Old Growth Reserve Trail is located in an area outside of Darrington called Sauk Prairie. Once Home to the Sauk Suiattle Tribe. To experience this hidden treasure is like traveling to a mythical land. The greenery is like no other. First you will barely fit your vehicle off the…

“Disappointment Pond”

I made a rediscovery today that my brother and I had found a long, long time ago. It’s a pond that sits in a newish (at the time) development somewhere on the hill at 20th Street in Lake Stevens. I’d tell you how to get there, but I think it’s best that this weathered beauty…

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…

Miller’s Pond and the O.K. Mill

This has certainly been my most difficult research project yet, but one dear to my heart. My grandparents lived out on a homestead just a few miles away and us grandkids found lots of adventure around Miller’s Pond. The pond was once an alive and thriving community in the early 1900s and now you wouldn’t…

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…

Lake Tye Park

Lake Tye is one of those places I hate to like. It was completely man made while homes were built in tight rows beside it. It’s not really my perfect scenario for getting out in nature, but there is just something about it that keeps me coming back. The park itself is 64 acres while…

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…

Flowing Lake (lower boat launch)

Flowing Lake, part of the Three Lakes area, has consistently offered some great fishing over the years. It’s not uncommon to pull up a 4 pound largemouth bass on the end of your line and the lake is always decently stocked with rainbow trout too. It has been said that there are plenty of catfish…

Lake Goodwin Community Park

The best adventures hardly ever go as planned. That is why this one was so much fun. I had promised to take my niece to the beach this day and had actually planned to take her out to Wenberg County Park, but that turned out to be a flop. We paid the $10 park fee…

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…

Oso Landslide Memorial

March 22nd 2014 I was on my way up Highway 530 to view a property we had just placed an offer on outside of Darrington. It was late morning on a Saturday when traffic was being diverted just past Oso. I rolled my window down as I came up on a fireman and asked him…

Ebey Waterfront Trail

Here I am, again, poking around in the Ebey Slough. I have stood on mountain peaks and hiked to remote areas of the great PNW, but there is always this pull in my heart that brings me to the Slough. This swampy, mucky paradise is part of an almost 2,000 square mile watershed of the…

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…

The Eagle Trail

You know when you have found something totally cool and you are absolutely content with this place or thing exactly as it is, but then you find out it has way more features than you initially realized? That is how I feel about Haller Park. I was there recently (you might have already seen the…

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…

The Big Cedar Stump

I had read about this guy, but had to see for myself the famous giant western red cedar stump in Smokey Point, Wa. He’s quite rotund at 20 feet in diameter and was once a towering 200 feet tall. This stump has changed many locations over the last 100 years, so I was glad to…

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…