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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

Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor Trail, Anacortes

Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor Trail, Anacortes

A couple of weeks ago we took advantage of a warm afternoon to hike a new trail to us: Guemes Channel and Ship Harbor Trails up in Anacortes. We found these little gems in Craig Romano’s newest hiking guide for the San Juans and Gulf Islands. Leaving from a cul-de-sac, the trails go off in…Continue Reading

Mt. Rainier Fling Part 2, Backpacking to Snow Lake

Mt. Rainier Fling Part 2, Backpacking to Snow Lake

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about our first day at Mt. Rainier last week.  This post covers our second and third days, backpacking to Bench and Snow Lakes. We took our time on Tuesday morning, packing up and leaving Cougar Rock Campground. The weather continued to be warm and clear. The Mountain…Continue Reading

Finding Nature Around the Edges

Finding Nature Around the Edges

We got back last week from spending two weeks with my parents.  A large chunk of that time was spent driving down to California and back for my cousin’s wedding.  Dad drove the truck and RV down, and we took my 94-year-old grandmother, so it was mostly a lot of driving on the freeway, staying…Continue Reading

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center – Spring Break 2014

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center – Spring Break 2014

This is the fifth post from our Spring Break Trip. We are almost done! The first was about hikes from the Catherine Creek Trailhead.  The second post was about the Vista House and Gorge waterfalls.  The third was about camping and exploring at Columbia Hills State Park. The fourth was about the Goldendale Observatory. We have one more destination to…Continue Reading