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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

McLane Creek – Trip Report, 3/7/15

McLane Creek – Trip Report, 3/7/15

I’ve been on restriction and not allowed to hike since last October. But now I’m allowed short walks on mostly level ground, so I’ve been trying to find walks that are easy and flat but still give me a good dose of nature. I was perusing through the Winter Hikes of Western Washington card deck…Continue Reading

Winter Camping – Salt Creek Recreation Area and Dungeness Spit

Winter Camping – Salt Creek Recreation Area and Dungeness Spit

Camping in February? This was a first for my family. I don’t think I’ve ever braved late winter/early spring camping before, but the weather was looking so nice, and we had two bonus days off from classes, so I thought we’d give it a try. We had heard good things about the camping at the…Continue Reading

2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Romance! Flowers! Lush greenery! Excitement! My kids and I love the Flower and Garden Show. We look forward to it every year, and enjoy seeing the display gardens, shopping in the marketplace, learning from the seminars, and getting a jump-start on spring. This year Grandma got to spend the day with us, and it made…Continue Reading

Birding Camano Island – Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit

Birding Camano Island – Port Susan Bay and Iverson Spit

We’ve had some lovely sunny, cold weather here lately, and we were happy to have time on Friday to enjoy it. I’m recovering from some chronic foot problems, and am only allowed short walks on level ground, so we needed something gentle. Birding sounded like a good activity for the day. The winter birds are…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

Larch Love: Blue Lake (North Cascades) Trip Report

Larch Love: Blue Lake (North Cascades) Trip Report

If you spend much time around serious Washington hikers, you are sure to hear stories of the mythical larch. You’ll see photos of glowing golden trees set against bluebird skies, brilliant red huckleberries, or the first fresh snow of the winter. For good measure, you’ll also see photos of otherworldly rock formations, and for the…Continue Reading

Feels Like Home: Another Trip to Big Four Ice Caves

Feels Like Home: Another Trip to Big Four Ice Caves

There are some places we go that just feel like home. We’ve been there many times over the years, sometimes multiple times a year. We’ve seen these places in all different seasons and weather. Big Four Ice Caves is one of these places for my family. Aaron took me there for the first time before…Continue Reading

Birding

Stalking Snowy Owls

Stalking Snowy Owls

OK, well, maybe we didn’t really need to do any stalking, but we had a neat trip last weekend to go see some visiting snowy owls.  Some of you might remember last year when we had a record number of snowy owls visiting the lower 48.  Last year was an irruption year, when conditions are…Continue Reading

Raptor Research Field Trip

Raptor Research Field Trip

Last winter when we volunteered with the Puget Sound Bird Observatory, we asked if there was anyone who did raptor banding, because Annika was so interested in birds of prey.  We got connected with a local researcher, but weren’t able to go out with him last winter.  We tried again this winter, and yesterday Ben…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