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

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

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

Birding

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

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

Baby Owls at the Nisqually

Baby Owls at the Nisqually

The internet is full of videos and pictures of cute baby animals.  We could spend our entire day on sites like Cute Overload, getting our fill of adorableness.  Or, we could take advantage of special places and times in nature, and see some cute baby animals in real time.  And among the cutest of animals,…Continue Reading