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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

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Local Adventures: Rainy Lake

Rainy Lake is on the edge of what I would call "Local Adventures" as it is a very long drive for nearly everyone. For us, it was over 150 miles one way. We made it a whole day and stopped at a number of places. We also used the day as a homeschooling field trip,… Continue reading Local Adventures: Rainy Lake

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Local Adventures: Day Tripping At Mount Baker

It's a long drive to hike around Mount Baker, from the Heather Meadows side, via Hwy 542, from where ever you are. We took I-5 to Bellingham, then onto Hwy 542, to the end of the road, which this year is Heather Meadows. The road past it is gated, and was not cleared of snow… Continue reading Local Adventures: Day Tripping At Mount Baker

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A Morning In The Sun

The boys and I went to Fort Casey State Park, in central Whidbey Island for a few hours for the sunshine and easy walking. We got there early to avoid crowds and had easy parking. Most of the crowd runs to the fort immediately, but if one just walks a bit farther, the area can… Continue reading A Morning In The Sun