Benefits of Getting Into Nature

Guest Post with Julie Zickefoose: “Asking More of Kids”

Some parents I’ve talked to since I’ve been blogging and hiking have confided in me some of the difficulties they face in working toward the goal of getting their kids out in nature more often.  Some moms want to hike with their kids, but haven’t done it before, and need reassurance and guidance.  I admit…Continue Reading

And A Child Shall Lead Them: A Nature Walk

And A Child Shall Lead Them: A Nature Walk

Sometimes my kids know better than I do what they need.  Lately Annika has been asking every day to go out into nature, to have a peaceful walk in the forest.  We are fortunate to have a green belt behind our home (it was one of the reasons we picked this house) and it makes…Continue Reading


Smithbrook Road Snowshoe

Smithbrook Road Snowshoe

We have been experiencing an unusual and long-lasting inversion here in Puget Sound, causing cold, grey, still air to settle in the lowlands.  Meanwhile, the sun shines in the mountains.  We went up Friday to find the sunshine, and trek in the snow at the same time.   Our friend Kirsten offered to drive us…Continue Reading

Gold Creek Snowshoe (Second Visit)

Gold Creek Snowshoe (Second Visit)

We had a chance to go snowshoeing with our friends last Friday, and we went to Gold Creek again.  Cindy had knee replacement surgery just 8 weeks ago, and this was to be her first outing in the mountains since then.  We had some other novice ladies with us, too, so it was good to…Continue Reading

Great Winter Adventures for Kids

  • Iverson Spit Preserve

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Columbia Hills State Park

  • Trail of the Shadows

  • Cama Beach State Park

  • Lewis Creek Park

  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

  • Cedar Butte Trail

  • Skagit Eagle Festival

  • Lord Hill & Soaring Eagle Regional Parks

  • Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary

  • Paradise Valley Conservation Area

  • Cedar River Watershed

  • Rattlesnake Ledges

  • Smithbrook Road Snowshoe

  • Gold Creek Snowshoe

  • Padilla Bay Shore Trail and Breazeale Interpretive Center

  • Washington Park, Anacortes

  • Rockport State Park

  • Old Sauk River

  • Boulder River Waterfalls