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Author: Jennie Flaming

Mowich Lake Mt Rainier in Winter

In a recent post we explored a quiet side of Mt Rainier to visit in the winter, the area near Chinook Pass where the road is closed. Today, we will head to the north side of the park to an excellent winter or spring destination, Mowich Lake. Mowich Lake...

Methow Valley Affordable cross country skiing

Cross country or nordic skiing is a great way to get out in the snow and avoid the expense, traffic and waiting in line of downhill skiing while moving a lot faster than snowshoeing (usually). The Methow Valley in north central Washington is a wonderful nordic skiing destination with...

Mt Rainier Winter Solitude

Mt Rainier National Park is truly a treasure in the Pacific Northwest. Every part of the park is beautiful and unforgettable, even after a lifetime of exploration. For this reason, some parts of the park can become extremely crowded, particularly in the summer. However, once the snow flies, and...

How to Eat Local for Thanksgiving!

This time of year, there is a ton of local produce available to make your holiday feasts delicious and do something good for the planet and your farming neighbors! The Seattle area is an excellent place to eat local for Thanksgiving! No need to obsess over making everything local...

Cut your Christmas Tree in Washington’s Forests!

Forget those crowded malls and roads…Black Friday is a great day to get outside and celebrate the arrival of winter and the holiday season! We go every year to cut a Christmas Tree in the national forest on Black Friday, with lots of family members of all ages! Of...

November hiking near Seattle

Just because it’s late fall or winter doesn’t mean you can’t go hiking! Sure, it’s rainy quite often, but not everyday! November hiking near Seattle is pretty great with many local hikes can be enjoyed in the wet months too. There are lots of terrific hikes and walks in...

Fall Backpacking at Lake Stuart

Fall Backpacking is my favorite…beautiful colors, amazing dark skies, less crowds and no bugs! As long you have the gear to stay warm and pay attention to the weather forecast it’s the best backpacking there is. Fall backpacking at Lake Stuart was the plan for this year, which is just on...

Trip Report: Kendall Katwalk

I chose to embrace fall this weekend and our friend Adam and I hiked to Kendall Katwalk. It was a beautiful and cool day in the mountains. Some hikes are about what you expect them to be, some feel harder than they should be and some feel easier than...

Sol Duc Hot Springs in Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Hot Springs is a bit of a journey if you live in Seattle. It involves a ferry ride from downtown Seattle, then a drive past Port Angeles and Lake Crescent and then 13 miles up a dead end road along the Sol Duc river. It is so,...