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Local Adventures: Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom

This adventure falls under two categories: hiking and homeschooling. The Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom was a place the kids got to go to 2 times a year in school. Once in Fall, once in Spring. Each visit we would study new things about nature and the ecosystem. Maxwelton Creek runs through it, and is one of… Continue reading Local Adventures: Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom

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In The Twilight of Fall

Mid October is sliding in. My favorite local area is closing to the first of 3 deer hunting season on the 17th, so it seems like every other day we are up on the ridge, trying to get a few last hikes in before the shutdown. Sunny days after long rains bring out the native… Continue reading In The Twilight of Fall

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Local Adventures: Freeland Wetland Preserve

Digging through places on Whidbey Island my eyes caught a place I hadn't visited before, the Freeland Wetland Preserve, which is part of the Whidbey Watershed Stewards. It is hidden on the edge of town, and easily missed if you don't have a need to ever drive that way. Google will send you to the… Continue reading Local Adventures: Freeland Wetland Preserve

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Local Adventures: Pondilla Lake

Long ago, when my oldest was just a toddler, we hiked the entire Kettles Trails System in and around Fort Ebey State Park on Whidbey Island. It was local hiking, that we did in the cold months. Back then, it wasn't heavily used, and no one cared I was pushing a kid in an off… Continue reading Local Adventures: Pondilla Lake

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Local Adventures: Gorge Lake Overlook Trail

It is easy to pass by interpretive pullouts - I am quite guilty of that - when I am out on adventures.It is the tourist trap, after all. My oldest was never into reading the signs that talk about nature, history, animals and so on, but the younger boys? They haven't met a sign yet… Continue reading Local Adventures: Gorge Lake Overlook Trail