Getting Kids Out Into Nature

Wonderful Winter Wanderings

Get Outside, Close to Home or Farther Away

  • Washington Park Arboretum

  • Stimpson Family Nature Preserve

  • Hoh River

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • Lord Hill Regional Park

  • Soaring Eagle Regional Park

  • Paradise Valley Conservation Area

  • Baker Lake Trail

  • McLane Creek

  • Iverson Spit Preserve

  • Sugarloaf

  • Trail of the Shadows

  • Padilla Bay Shore Trail

  • Billy Frank/Nisqually NWR

  • Cedar Butte

  • Narbeck

  • Smithbrook Snowshoe

  • Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe

  • Salmon Ridge Sno-Park Snowshoe

  • Swauk Forest Discovery Trail Snowshoe

  • Rockport SP

Recent Blog Posts

Book Review: Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington, by Susan Elderkin

Book Review: Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington, by Susan Elderkin

When my kids were little, I pored through the Best Hikes with Kids books by Joan Burton. Originally in two volumes, they were combined in 2006 into one large volume, packed full of hikes and tips and interesting trail tidbits. But now the baton has been passed to Susan Elderkin, who has updated the information…Continue Reading

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trip Report

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Trip Report

Swimming snakes! Exploding cattails! Dabbling ducks! Croaking frogs! Sunning seals! This hike had it all. We enjoyed a day of record spring temperatures by walking at Nisqually with my mother-in-law. Spring is just getting started at Nisqually, with Indian plum being one of the few shrubs leafing out. The frogs are loudly croaking now, though…Continue Reading

SEA Discovery Center and Point No Point – Trip Report 3/9/18

SEA Discovery Center and Point No Point – Trip Report 3/9/18

Yesterday I took Annika and two of her friends on a fun outing over to the Kitsap Peninsula. We took the ferry over from Edmonds to Kingston, and from there it was a quick 20-minute drive to Poulsbo. Our destination was a small aquarium, the SEA Discovery Center, right on the water of Liberty Bay.…Continue Reading

Book Review: Wild Love Story: Vignettes From Forest and Pond by Bob Jepperson

Book Review: Wild Love Story: Vignettes From Forest and Pond by Bob Jepperson

There is an excitement to exploring new places far away, but there is a different kind of joy that comes from getting to know a place in every season over many years. Bob Jepperson has done a lot of exploring, but he’s also spent over a decade wandering the trails of a wild area close…Continue Reading

Becoming a Hiking Family – 6 tips to get you on your way

Becoming a Hiking Family – 6 tips to get you on your way

The New Year is well under way, the holiday lights are down, the excitement of a fresh start is fading, and we are getting to the tasks of building new habits. Does your New Year’s Resolution involve becoming a hiking family? Do you yearn to be outside more with your kids, and to live a…Continue Reading

Snowshoeing Wrap-up, January and February

Snowshoeing Wrap-up, January and February

I’ve done a couple of snowshoe trips since the New Year, and fully intended to write up a trip report for each, but decided that since time is passing away so quickly, I’ll just write up a blurb about our trips. Kachess Dam Road This is an easily-accessed area, just off the freeway in Easton…Continue Reading

Interview with Hike Like a Woman Founder, Rebecca Walsh

 A couple of years ago, when I first started exploring Instagram, I noticed posts from women about hiking that were tagged with the #hikelikeawoman hashtag. I was curious – what did this hashtag mean? Pretty soon I discovered the Hike Like a Woman website, Instagram feed, and then the podcast. I was hooked! I really…Continue Reading

Hazel Wolf Wetlands, Trip Report, 12/8/17

Hazel Wolf Wetlands, Trip Report, 12/8/17

Edited to add: I wrote this back in December, but forgot to post it. Here it is! It’s still a lovely park to wander around, winter or summer. You may have noticed it’s been pretty quiet here on this blog. I’ve been dealing with my chronic foot and ankle issues, and have not been allowed…Continue Reading

Interview with Hike It Baby Founder, Shanti Hodges

Interview with Hike It Baby Founder, Shanti Hodges

Way back when my first child was little, I realized that hiking would be a good way to get us both outside and help stave off postpartum depression. I asked around in my moms group and among my friends for people who wanted to go hiking with me. This was before Facebook and Meetup, and…Continue Reading

Happy New Year! 2018

Happy New Year! 2018

The New Year has come, and we are a week into it. Have you been out for any hikes yet? We had our third annual Magical Twilight Snowshoe Adventure (sounds like someone’s been watching too much My Little Pony episodes….) at Gold Creek Pond on New Year’s Eve. This hike is turning into a neat…Continue Reading

Book Reviews

Book Review: Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington, by Susan Elderkin

Book Review: Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington, by Susan Elderkin

When my kids were little, I pored through the Best Hikes with Kids books by Joan Burton. Originally in two volumes, they were combined in 2006 into one large volume, packed full of hikes and tips and interesting trail tidbits. But now the baton has been passed to Susan Elderkin, who has updated the information…Continue Reading

Book Review: Wild Love Story: Vignettes From Forest and Pond by Bob Jepperson

Book Review: Wild Love Story: Vignettes From Forest and Pond by Bob Jepperson

There is an excitement to exploring new places far away, but there is a different kind of joy that comes from getting to know a place in every season over many years. Bob Jepperson has done a lot of exploring, but he’s also spent over a decade wandering the trails of a wild area close…Continue Reading

Book Review: Discovering Seattle’s Parks

Book Review: Discovering Seattle’s Parks

  My family loves getting out into the wilderness, but many times we are not able to go far from town for our nature fix. But thankfully we have an amazing array of local trails to explore when we need some fresh air. Seattle is fortunate to have parks in every neighborhood. Large and small,…Continue Reading

Book Review: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, 2nd Edition, by Craig Romano

Book Review: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, 2nd Edition, by Craig Romano

Mysterious, deep, ancient forests. Coastal beaches and headlands. Alpine meadows with far-reaching views. Lakes and rivers, wetlands and surf. The Olympic Peninsula has a diverse range of habitats and areas to explore. You can research your next adventure to this wild corner of the country by using Craig Romano’s book, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula. This…Continue Reading

Book Review and Interview: Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort

Book Review and Interview: Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort

Summer is in full swing, and our thoughts are full of adventures we’re planning. We yearn to travel far and light, and sleep in the backcountry, with the stars and moon in view. If you’re new to backpacking, or are a dayhiker contemplating the next level of adventure, then you’ll appreciate a new book about…Continue Reading