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

Nature Buffers Effects of Stressful Life Events for Children

Nature Buffers Effects of Stressful Life Events for Children

I’ve had a lot of thoughts swirling through my head lately.  Wondering if it’s good to take so much time away from home responsibilities and travel around to find cool hikes to do.  Wondering about myself and my drive to get out into nature.  Wondering about my kids and their education, and what do they…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

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