Naches Peak Loop In Fall

When I first moved to King County, in Washington State, one of my first subalpine hikes in summer in the Cascades near Mount Rainier was Naches Peak Loop, at Chinook Pass on Hwy 410. I hiked it every year we lived in King County, from 2003 to 2017. My last hike of the loop was… Continue reading Naches Peak Loop In Fall


Fall Settling In

Fall slipped in quietly and early this year here. What we didn't have was the traditional Indian Summer we get most Septembers. The rains came early, and hard. I won't say I am mad though, we need the rain. This was our first full summer growing on our farm and living in an arid rain… Continue reading Fall Settling In

Hiking · Local Adventures

Local Adventures: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a multifunction visit, for both children and adults. Located on Padilla Bay, in Skagit County, Washington it is an easy drive to reach it, with plenty of free parking. Padilla Bay is one of 29 sites in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system established to protect coastal… Continue reading Local Adventures: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


Fisherman Paths: Deadwood Lakes

Deadwood Lakes was a hike I had heard of from the late Karen Sykes, long ago. She had pushed me to try the hike through our chats, and she gave me the pro tip of finding the "trail" from across the highway, half a mile up the Pacific Crest Trail. It was easy to pick… Continue reading Fisherman Paths: Deadwood Lakes

Local Adventures · RV

RV Adventures: La Conner Relaxing

Last weekend we took the RV out to the next island over, Fidalgo, and stayed at the 1000 Trails outside of La Conner, Washington. Seeing as we got a year free with 1000 Trails, might as well use it we decided. Staying in parks like this isn't necessarily my first choice, however while the park… Continue reading RV Adventures: La Conner Relaxing