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…

Elliot Creek and Goat Lake

I had a day to myself and decided to go on a solo hike to one my favorite local hikes. The Elliot Creek & Goat Lake Trail is situated along the Mountain Loop Highway between Granite Falls and Darrington, Wa. It’s a long 10.4 miles roundtrip with a 1400 foot elevation gain. Not too far…

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…

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…

Lake Shannon

Lake Shannon outside of Concrete, Wa is a recreational paradise. This massive reservoir of the Baker River stretches 7.5 miles long and over a half mile wide when it is full. All this water is held back by an arch dam built in the 1920s for Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project. There’s a…

Frog Lake

Frog Lake in Darrington, WA is well named because it is actually full of frogs. Visit here in Spring and Summer and I bet you will spot a few. At 1.5 acres it’s just a tiny little lake with a quiet, Northwest setting. There’s just enough room from the bank to cast a line or…

Trail at Marblemount Boat Launch

If there’s something I’ve learned while collecting adventures in this modern world is that not all the beautiful places are listed on the internet. This trail I took today didn’t really seem to have a name, just a well defined trail into the great beyond. Some folks chase rainbows, but for me, I know that…

Vogler Lake

Just a few miles North of Concrete, Wa is pretty little Vogler Lake. It covers 3.5 acres and is fairly shallow too with an average depth of 10 feet. The best part is that you can drive right to it. Despite the shallowness it holds a decent population of Rainbow and Brook Trout. They do…

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…

O.K. Mill Swimming Hole

Over the river and through the woods to our grandmother’s house we used to go. Literally! She lived way out in Machias, Wa and we would pass over the O.K. Mill bridge to get there every time. A landmark that helps me find my way back to my childhood. I spent the first day of…

Hoover Fishing Hole

What a beautiful drive as you head down to the old Hoover Fishing Hole in Snohomish, Wa. Named after long time residents Oscar and Fay Hoover. You will pass by acres of fertile farmland before veering Off into the parking area that once served as a boat launch into the broad and powerful Snohomish River….

Diablo Lake

What we Washingtonians have all been waiting for Highway 20 is clear of snow and opened last Friday. Highway 20 has numerous hiking trails, Nordic Lakes, waterfalls, and abundant breathtaking scenery. This pass is often called the Alps of the PNW. amzn_assoc_placement = “adunit0”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “pnwadventur0b-20”; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = “search”; amzn_assoc_ad_type = “smart”; amzn_assoc_marketplace =…

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”…

Tour the Lake Part 2 (North Lakeshore Swimming Beach)

The second stop on the tour of Lake Stevens is really quite quick and to the point, so I’ll get the details out of the way before getting into the juicy parts. With a modest sandy beach feet from the parking area and a nice dock putting you out just far enough to get your…

Ballard Locks

Who doesn’t love tug boats? This adventure is perfect for kids.  You can find everything from giant tug boats to elegant sail boats passing through the locks. Watch a ship as large as 760 feet long or a boat as small as a canoe pass through the Locks. Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden…

Escape to Maui

An escape to Maui is the perfect way to beat the winter blues.  The beaches are beautiful anytime of year, but they are an especially rewarding break when your tired of being cold in the dead of winter.  If your looking for deals though, the cheapest months to travel to Maui are November and May….