Fabulous Spring Nature Walks and Hikes

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

  • Kubota Garden

  • Catherine Creek

  • Wild Horse Wind Farm

  • McLane Creek

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • Whistle Lake

  • Hoh River

  • Brightwater

  • Goose Rock

  • Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

  • Columbia Hills State Park

  • Lewis Creek Park

  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

  • Lord Hill & Soaring Eagle Regional Parks

  • Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary

  • Paradise Valley Conservation Area

  • Washington Park, Anacortes

  • Rockport State Park

  • Old Sauk River

  • Boulder River Waterfalls

Recent Blog Posts

Old Sauk River Trail Hike

Old Sauk River Trail Hike

Some trails hold a fond place in our hearts, as we have pleasant memories. Or perhaps the trails are unique and make us feel something special. For me, Old Sauk is like that. Meandering along the Sauk River, this gentle trail leads through mature forest. It feels a lot like old growth, even though it…Continue Reading

Interview with Author Joan Burton

Interview with Author Joan Burton

Whenever people are new to hiking and wonder how to get started or which trails to go on with young children, I recommend the book Best Hikes With Kids: Western Washington and the Cascades by Joan Burton, with photos by Ira Spring. I recently had the fortune to sit down with Joan Burton and hear…Continue Reading

Beaver Lake Trail (Mountain Loop Hwy) – 5/29/15

Beaver Lake Trail (Mountain Loop Hwy) – 5/29/15

Winter wrens and Swainson’s thrushes serenaded us as we started our hike this morning. We appreciated the shiny new trailhead for Beaver Lake, as well as the spiffy, clean outhouse. The trail dips slightly then follows an old railroad grade along the Sauk River. It’s shady and brushy at this time of year. The greenery…Continue Reading

Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival

Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival

Birds, sunshine, picturesque mountains in a charming small town – this is what drew me to the Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival earlier in May. I ended up having Annika to myself, as Gabe had plans with a friend for the day. We got an early start and made it to Leavenworth just after 9am for…Continue Reading

Return to Wild Horse – Trip Report, 5/1/15

Return to Wild Horse – Trip Report, 5/1/15

Last week I got a crazy idea in my head that it would be great to bring friends along on more of our adventures. My kids are getting old enough that they are beginning to prefer friends to mom, and I thought it would help with the long drive. I really wanted to go see…Continue Reading

Spring at Nisqually

Spring at Nisqually

We recently spent a morning at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge looking for birds. We did the boardwalk loop, and spent several hours just wandering along, stopping frequently to observe birds and other wildlife. Birds were wildly singing and very active all over. The sun was shining and it felt like spring in all the ways…Continue Reading

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

Birding

Lewis Creek Park, Bellevue

Lewis Creek Park, Bellevue

We had the chance last Friday to check out a new park (for us) over in Bellevue.  Lewis Creek Park has about 3 miles of trails on its 55 acres.  It includes wetlands, meadows, and forests. Some of the trails are paved, and some are softer surfaces.  The Visitor Center has some interesting activities and…Continue Reading

Cranberry Lake/Cama Beach State Park

Cranberry Lake/Cama Beach State Park

Last Friday we were able to squeeze a quick trip in between morning and evening commitments.  We’ve had many Fridays like this lately – seems we haven’t had the time we are used to having!  We took a little drive up to Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island.  I had never been there before,…Continue Reading

Juanita Bay Bird Watching

Juanita Bay Bird Watching

Gabriel got to go spend the day with Daddy at work today, learning about what Daddy does and seeing his new office.  Annika and I were on our own, which rarely happens.  What to do?  With some sunbreaks in the forecast, we decided it would be fun to go for a short birding expedition. I…Continue Reading