Getting Kids Out Into Nature

Fabulous Fall Fun!

Great hikes for fall color or dreary days

  • East Bank Baker Lake

  • Washington Park Arboretum

  • Bench and Snow Lakes

  • Lake Ann, Maple Pass

  • Bagley Lakes

  • Artist Ridge

  • Talapus Lake

  • Stimpson Family Nature Preserve

  • Thunder Knob

  • Hoh River

  • Chain Lakes

  • Heather Lake (Mountain Loop)

  • Lake 22

  • Cutthroat Lake

  • Blue Lake (Rainy Pass)

  • Rainy Lake

  • Sheep Lake

  • Naches Loop

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden

Recent Blog Posts

Big Rock Park and Ebright Park, Sammamish

Big Rock Park and Ebright Park, Sammamish

Annika and I went on an local outing on Friday. We wanted to explore some of the parks on the east side of the metro area. We also wanted to check out some nature play areas as we research ideas for adding a new play area to our school. I had heard good things about…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

Heather and Maple Pass TR, 9/30/16

Heather and Maple Pass TR, 9/30/16

Ah, the mythical larches. I hadn’t heard of these magical trees until I started following various hiking forums several years ago. Every September and October, reports started coming out about people going to great lengths to see them. I didn’t pay much attention for a few years, then I started to view those TRs wistfully,…Continue Reading

Second Burroughs Loop, Trip Report 9/9/16

Second Burroughs Loop, Trip Report 9/9/16

The road to Sunrise will be closing next month, so we felt it was time to get up high again. Gabe has been wanting to hike to Second Burroughs since he got his new camera, and I thought it would be fun to take a different path than the normal Sourdough Ridge Trail that we’ve…Continue Reading

Chain Lakes, Mt. Baker, Trip Report 9/16/16

Chain Lakes, Mt. Baker, Trip Report 9/16/16

Fall is definitely in the air, especially up high in the mountains. We feel the internal drive to get out to see fall colors and enjoy the high country before the snow comes and we are stuck down low for the winter. Gabe requested a trip to Artist Point again, as he remembered it being…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

Panorama Point, Mount Rainier Trip Report, 8/25/16

Panorama Point, Mount Rainier Trip Report, 8/25/16

Ah, summer! Time for big adventures, getting up to high elevations, wildflowers, mountains, and glorious light. Last week I let the kids each bring a friend along to Mount Rainier. We were hoping to catch the wildflower show, and we did see some flowers, but we also did an amazing hike up to Panorama Point.…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

Trip Report: Grand Tetons, June 2016

Trip Report: Grand Tetons, June 2016

Day 6 of our Grand Road Trip, Continuation: After we finished visiting Yellowstone back in June, it was time to move on to Grand Teton National Park. We drove into the north entrance from Yellowstone, and the landscape changed from volcanic lodgepole biome to more familiar flowers and shrubs. We drove through Lizard Creek Campground,…Continue Reading

Trip Report: Yellowstone National Park

Trip Report: Yellowstone National Park

Our family was fortunate to be able to take a big road trip this summer, and we chose Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for a visit. We were gone for nine days, driving and camping along the way. We stopped at Craters of the Moon on the way back. Wow, what a trip this was!…Continue Reading

Book Reviews

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

Book Review: Leaflets Three, Let it Be! by Anita Sanchez

Book Review: Leaflets Three, Let it Be! by Anita Sanchez

I recently received a book for the purposes of review that I’d like to share with you today. Leaflets Three, Let it Be! is a picture book for children about identifying poison ivy. But it also shows the many uses of the plant through the seasons. It is written by Anita Sanchez and illustrated by…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