Getting Kids Out Into Nature

Winter Wanderings

Get Outside, Close to Home or Farther Away

  • East Bank Baker Lake

  • Smithbrook Road Snowshoe

  • Sugarloaf

  • Cama Beach SP

  • Lewis Creek Park

  • Nisqually NWR

  • Blewett Pass Snowshoe

  • Iverson Spit Preserve

  • Washington Park Arboretum

  • Stimpson Family Nature Preserve

  • Hoh River

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • Gold Creek Snowshoe

  • Cedar Butte

  • Lord Hill Regional Park

  • Rattlesnake Ledges

  • Soaring Eagle Regional Park

  • Paradise Valley Conservation Area

  • Salmon Ridge Sno-Park Snowshoe

Recent Blog Posts

Semiahmoo Park – Trip Report, 3/10/17

Semiahmoo Park – Trip Report, 3/10/17

We recently took an afternoon and drove up to Semiahmoo Spit near Blaine to do some birding and check out a new-to-us trail. Semiahmoo Spit is a long sand spit that protects Drayton Harbor. Historically this area was used by Native Americans for harvesting natural resources, and it became an abundant salmon canning area after…Continue Reading

Urban Trails: Kitsap by Craig Romano – Book Review

Urban Trails: Kitsap by Craig Romano – Book Review

Many of you are familiar with Craig Romano, the prolific and energetic guidebook writer for Washington State. We use his books all the time to plan our hikes to wild and scenic locations. But it’s not always easy to get out to true wilderness. With iffy weather, packed schedules, family illnesses – sometimes we need…Continue Reading

North Loop Snowshoe, Hoodoo, OR, TR, 2/19/17

North Loop Snowshoe, Hoodoo, OR, TR, 2/19/17

Over the long President’s Day weekend, when we were visiting my brother, we drove up to Hoodoo ski area to do a snowshoe. This huge sno-park has a solid network of ski and snowshoe trails to choose from. We chose a kid-friendly trail to one of the warming huts – the North Loop Trail. We…Continue Reading

The High Desert Museum in Bend, OR – 2/18/17

The High Desert Museum in Bend, OR – 2/18/17

My brother recently moved his family to Central Oregon, and we took advantage of our 5-day weekend for President’s Day to drive down for a visit. On Saturday, I took the kids to the High Desert Museum south of Bend, OR. It has been several years since we’ve visited, and Annika didn’t even remember the…Continue Reading

Gear Review – Armadillo LT Gaiters from Hillsound

Gear Review – Armadillo LT Gaiters from Hillsound

At the beginning of winter, I received a set of Armadillo LT Gaiters from Hillsound Equipment to review. Thankfully, we’ve had a great winter so far, with plenty of opportunities for me to try them out. First of all, these gaiters are a step up from my old, inexpensive set I’ve been using for years.…Continue Reading

Salmon Ridge Sno-Park Snowshoe, 1/28/17

Salmon Ridge Sno-Park Snowshoe, 1/28/17

I heard about the REI-sponsored event called AllOut, in which they were partnering with other organizations all over the country to host all kinds of activities. It sounded like a neat way to explore a new area, so I picked an event to go to that I hadn’t explored before. The Salmon Ridge Sno-Park area…Continue Reading

Pete Lake Backpack, 8/20-21, 2106

Pete Lake Backpack, 8/20-21, 2106

Way back in August, Gabe had a camping trip near Salmon La Sac with the teen group at our church. I was ferrying boys up there for one night, so I thought I’d take advantage of the weekend and explore a trail I hadn’t been on before. I asked around for people to come with…Continue Reading

Gold Creek Pond Snowshoes, Day and Night (December 2016)

Gold Creek Pond Snowshoes, Day and Night (December 2016)

In December, we made two trips to Gold Creek Pond for snowshoeing. The first was a normal day-time trip, and the other was our second-annual twilight year-end snowshoe. We did both trips with our friend Cindy and her dogs. The first trip was after a large amount of powder had fallen, and the snow was…Continue Reading

Little Cranberry Lake Trip Report – 11/25/16

Little Cranberry Lake Trip Report – 11/25/16

Even before REI made #OptOutside an event, we have tried for several years to get out into nature on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, Annika was fighting a cold, and I was pretty worn out myself, so we slept in and rested up. In the afternoon, I took Gabe up to Anacortes for a…Continue Reading

Book Reviews

Urban Trails: Kitsap by Craig Romano – Book Review

Urban Trails: Kitsap by Craig Romano – Book Review

Many of you are familiar with Craig Romano, the prolific and energetic guidebook writer for Washington State. We use his books all the time to plan our hikes to wild and scenic locations. But it’s not always easy to get out to true wilderness. With iffy weather, packed schedules, family illnesses – sometimes we need…Continue Reading

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail : Washington, by Tami Asars, Book Review

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail : Washington, by Tami Asars, Book Review

  When I was younger, my biggest dream in life was to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I was never able to figure out how to tackle that audacious goal, and life moved on, and I set that dream aside. But now Tami Asars has come out with a unique new book about how to…Continue Reading

Book Review: Treecology by Monica Russo

Book Review: Treecology by Monica Russo

The latest book I’ve reviewed for you is Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests by Monica Russo. [Amazon link here.] This thin paperback is accessible for both parents and teachers. It is packed full of the science to understand all parts of trees and the environments they grow…Continue Reading

Book Review: 100 Classic Hikes: Washington by Craig Romano

Book Review: 100 Classic Hikes: Washington by Craig Romano

My bookshelf has two rows of various hiking guides, but recently a new guide came out that will have a prominent spot in the first row. Craig Romano has rewritten and updated Harvey Manning and Ira Spring’s original 100 Classic Hikes in Washington book from 1998, including some of the initial hikes, but adding some new…Continue Reading

Book Review: Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods

Book Review: Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods

The Centennial of the National Park Service has inspired many people to take journeys through the parks and write about them. Mark Woods planned a year-long odyssey to twelve national parks to ask questions about their future. Each park was supposed to symbolize a different issue the parks are facing in the future. He ended…Continue Reading