I love to look at Google Maps and see potential ideas for hikes, be short or long. I have found local trails in towns, that allow people to cut across towns or get around safely, when the roads have no sidewalks. Usually it's a safe bet the trails actually exist, but sometimes they don't. I… Continue reading When Google Maps Claims There Is A Trail…..
I am a firm believer that all trails matter. Far too often the big trails are lauded and praised - as if the only hiking that matters is long distance, or in a National Park. Sure, I have hiked many of those trails - high in alpine, winding through mountains, deep in jungles and dense… Continue reading Local Adventures: Noblecliff Trail
If there is something I have learned over the years about hiking, when conservancy groups talk about grand trail visions, you cannot 100% expect for the vision to materialize...or it could be 20 more years till it happens. Comes down to money, volunteers and the property owners willing to talk. The truth is, I am… Continue reading Walking Ebey’s Trail System: The Full Loop Experience
Between the county seat of Island County, Coupeville, and the Coupeville Ferry is Engle Road. Most people driving it are in a rush, annoyed by the low speed limit. Yet, if they slowed down, they might see things they had missed. As one leaves the town of Coupeville, Engle Road is farm fields, wide and… Continue reading Local Adventures: Ebey Prairie Wayside Park
The Maxwelton Trails Park is open on the south end of Whidbey Island now. It was an odd mix of turning school owned trails into public trails, and are now part of South Whidbey Parks and Rec department. It also brought in a huge forested section that was bought from a local family, to bring… Continue reading Local Adventures: Maxwelton Trails Park – Old Log Road