Author: Jennie Flaming

Squak Mountain Hiking Routes

Squak Mountain hiking is a wonderful way to experience gorgeous forested trails near Seattle without the big crowds that many of the other nearby trails have. It’s also a perfect year round destination. It’s shady on hot summer days and shows off beautiful lush green forest on rainy days....

Hiking the Boulder Garden Loop on Mt Si

Mt Si and its smaller neighbor, Little Si are super busy and crowded. Despite the popularity of these trails, it is possible to find trails in this trail system that are not as crowded! Many people don’t realize that there are several trails that connect to the Mt Si...

6 Unforgettable Day Trip Tours in Alaska

As a former resident of Alaska and a guide there for many years, I am very picky about tours! I love finding ones that are truly amazing, because a well thought out and affordable tour can be the highlight of a vacation, especially in Alaska! In this article I’m...

9 Magical Things to do on Lopez Island

Lopez Island is the quietest of the San Juan Islands and the best island in Washington State for bike riding! Even though it’s quiet, there are so many wonderful things to do on Lopez Island. It’s especially wonderful for cyclists, or anyone who likes to explore the outdoors is...

Complete Guide to Blake Island State Park near Seattle

Blake Island State Park is the most unique state park in Washington State! You can only get here by boat (see below for how to do this) and you get to an island with miles of hiking trails and beach to explore, a wonderful campground and an impressive view...

8 Perfect Weekend Trips to Alaska

Is a trip to Alaska on your bucket list? Do you always think “someday I want to go to Alaska?”. Friend, someday is NOW. Getting to Alaska is easier than you think and to prove it to you I have a whole list of perfect weekend trips to Alaska...

Why you should visit Deer Park in Olympic National Park

All of Olympic National Park is pretty incredible and there is so much diversity in the park! From towering glacier covered mountains to rugged rocky coastline to impossibly green temperature rainforests and wild rivers, Olympic has so much to see. Deer Park is one of my very favorite places...

15 Fun Things to do on Orcas Island

Orcas Island is one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest, a perfect year round destination in the San Juan Islands for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, particularly hiking, kayaking, swimming and fishing. It’s also a wonderful place to slow down and just be among the quiet forests...

The Best Alaska Cruise Ports and Choosing the Right Itinerary for You

Thinking about setting sail for Alaska? Not sure which itinerary to choose? This article is all about the highlights and best Alaska cruise ports to help you decide which itinerary is best for you! This article doesn’t include a review of different cruise ship companies, rather it is information...

The Best Orcas Island Hikes

Orcas Island is the best island in the San Juan Islands for hiking! Many people come to the beautiful San Juan Islands for many other reasons and outdoor pursuits, but if you’re a hiker looking for a trip to the islands then Orcas is your island! It offers the...