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Local Adventures: Sand Dunes Trail

When I was 16, and we had moved to rural Whidbey Island the first trail I hiked in Deception Pass State Park (and of all of the Island) was the Sand Dunes Trail, which starts at the parking lot for West Beach & Cranberry Lake swimming area, at the bottom of the park. I am… Continue reading Local Adventures: Sand Dunes Trail

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Local Adventures: Hoypus Point

Tucked away in the far Northwest corner of Whidbey Island sits a small remote section of Deception Pass State park, Hoypus Natural Forest. When I first lived on Whidbey Island I was 16, and we had moved to the island from a city. Due to a lot of upheaval in our lives, my Dad shut… Continue reading Local Adventures: Hoypus Point

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Once Upon A Time In Monte Cristo

Long ago on a sunny late Fall day we took a hike to the ghost town of Monte Cristo. It was in that short moment of time before Seattle boomed. When the trails were empty. Life was quiet then. Social media didn't exist. The concept of selfies was a decade away. It was so long… Continue reading Once Upon A Time In Monte Cristo

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Local Adventures: Whidbey Institute Farm Loop Trail

Sunday's hike was to a new-to-us area, the Whidbey Institute, which is tucked away above the Maxwelton Valley on the south end of Whidbey Island. The privately held non profit land is host to 4 miles of trails, on 106 acres, that are open to the public to enjoy. This is a beautiful forest, to… Continue reading Local Adventures: Whidbey Institute Farm Loop Trail

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Local Adventures: Putney Woods Loop Sampler

Kirk and I took the boys and the dog out for a casual dayhike at Putney Woods on the south end of Whidbey Island, which is a few miles between Bayview and Langley. Putney Woods is an Island County park, which is connected to Saratoga Woods (Island County Parks) and Metcalf Trust Lands (public recreation… Continue reading Local Adventures: Putney Woods Loop Sampler