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

School at the Beach

School at the Beach

We had plans yesterday to go to the Seattle Art Museum for First Thursday, when it’s free, but with a forecast of warm sunshine, I just couldn’t bear to be inside all day.  I wasn’t feeling up for a hike, though, and we hadn’t spent much time at the beach this summer, so we all…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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s a New Year, with new ideas and new hopes and plans.  It’s been pretty quiet in this space lately, as we focused on the holidays.  I also took a writing class with Christina Katz from the end of October through Mid-December.  Most of my writing energy went into that class instead of this blog,…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