Spring Adventures

  • Kubota Garden

  • East Bank Baker Lake

  • Sehome Hill Arboretum

  • Stimpson Family Nature Preserve

  • Mima Mounds

  • Soaring Eagle Regional Park

  • Sugarloaf

  • Ebey's Landing

  • Thunder Knob

  • Goose Rock, Deception Pass SP

  • Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary

  • Cedar Butte

  • Heybrook Lookout

  • McLane Creek

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • Whistle Lake

  • Hoh River

  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

  • South Whidbey State Park

  • Rockport State Park

Recent Blog Posts

North Cascades National Park – National Park Week 2016

North Cascades National Park – National Park Week 2016

  North Cascades National Park is one of my favorite places to explore. Rugged mountains, jade-green water, few roads, autumn colors – all these things and more draw visitors to the park. North Cascades is smaller than Mt. Rainier or Olympic NP, and gets far fewer visitors. It’s still possible to find solitude in the…Continue Reading

Book Review: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose

Book Review: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose

  It’s truly spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and everything is budding and blooming. The birds are noisy in the mornings, the morning chorus announcing the breeding season. Pretty soon, baby birds will be hatching, begging for food, and learning to fly. For the past two years we’ve had bird nests built on our…Continue Reading

National Parks Week 2016, and Review of National Geographic Guides

National Parks Week 2016, and Review of National Geographic Guides

April 16-24, 2016 has been designated┬áNational Parks Week. This national event is a time to focus on and celebrate all that the National Parks have to offer us. During this week, admission is free to all parks, and special events are planned at many sites. The Park Service has created a special website for this…Continue Reading

Squires Lake Trip Report – 3/25/16

Squires Lake Trip Report – 3/25/16

I’m still researching hikes up in the Bellingham area, so we took the afternoon and hiked around Squires Lake just south of that city. We had sunshine most of the drive up there (except for a convergence zone of dark showers north of Everett), but once we got close to the Chuckanuts, we could see…Continue Reading

Sehome Hill Arboretum Trip Report 3/18/16

Sehome Hill Arboretum Trip Report 3/18/16

We took advantage of the sunny weather last Friday to head up to Bellingham for another short trip. Aaron had the day off, so he joined us on our adventure. The Sehome Hill Arboretum is a native plant natural area set aside for protection and enjoyment. It’s nestled next to the campus of Western Washington…Continue Reading

Mental Health Day at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Mental Health Day at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

One of things that is hardest for me about parenting is the lack of time alone. Time to process, to think, to let all the other planning and thinking rest for awhile. I’ve learned over the years how important it is for me to get away by myself for some rejuvenation. I generally try to…Continue Reading

Snowshoeing Blewett Pass

Snowshoeing Blewett Pass

I’ve been wanting to try a different snowshoe trail that’s safe for kids, and last week I saw another family post a report about snowshoeing up at Blewett Pass. That gave me the courage to drive a little farther to check out the trails there. (We had planned to go to Paradise, but the weather…Continue Reading

Larrabee SP and Whatcom Falls Park – Trip Report

Larrabee SP and Whatcom Falls Park – Trip Report

On Friday we made a quick afternoon trip up to Bellingham to visit Larrabee State Park and Whatcom Falls Park. We tried real hard to miss the rain showers, but ended up getting caught in a few. It was worth it anyway! We didn’t get started until a little after noon. I should know better…Continue Reading

Nisqually Winter Birding

Nisqually Winter Birding

Over Christmas Break we had a chance to join the weekly Wednesday birding trip at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. It had been clear and cold for several days, and we 30 degrees when we arrived at 8am. We joined a very large group of birders and walked through different parts of the refuge to see…Continue Reading

Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Sancutary

Birding at Ridgefield National Wildlife Sancutary

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we had the chance to visit Ridgefield NWR and do some hiking and birding. On Black Friday we have a tradition of trying to get out into nature. We’ve been doing this even before REI made a big splash and closed their stores on Black Friday, encouraging their employees to Opt…Continue Reading

Book Reviews

Book Review: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose

Book Review: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose

  It’s truly spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and everything is budding and blooming. The birds are noisy in the mornings, the morning chorus announcing the breeding season. Pretty soon, baby birds will be hatching, begging for food, and learning to fly. For the past two years we’ve had bird nests built on our…Continue Reading

National Parks Week 2016, and Review of National Geographic Guides

National Parks Week 2016, and Review of National Geographic Guides

April 16-24, 2016 has been designated┬áNational Parks Week. This national event is a time to focus on and celebrate all that the National Parks have to offer us. During this week, admission is free to all parks, and special events are planned at many sites. The Park Service has created a special website for this…Continue Reading

Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens, Book Review and Interview

Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens, Book Review and Interview

Mount St. Helens has held a special place in the soul of the Pacific Northwest since its eruptions in the 1980s. Many of us parents are old enough to remember following the saga on the news, and remember where we were on the day of the big eruption. We find it fascinating to visit this…Continue Reading

Book Review and Giveaway: How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

Book Review and Giveaway: How to Raise a Wild Child by Scott Sampson

A decade ago, Richard Louv came out with the groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods. He sounded the alarm for parents and caregivers about how our children are not getting enough time in nature, and the consequences of this paucity of exposure. Now Dr. Scott Sampson has written a book to help parents with…Continue Reading

Book Review: The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby

Book Review: The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege to attend one of the book launch gatherings for a new book. The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby takes a unique and fresh look at one of my favorite regions to explore. Several local authors have contributed to this book, tackling…Continue Reading