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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

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

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 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

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