Author: Jennie Flaming

Snowshoe Mt Rainier National Park: Winter and Spring Adventure Guide

Why snowshoe at Mt Rainier? When is winter and when is spring at Mt Rainier? What if I don’t have snowshoes? Ranger guided snowshoe walks Best snowshoe hikes in Mt Rainier National Park What should I wear and bring to snowshoe Mt Rainier? Why Snowshoe Mt Rainier National Park?...

Vashon Island Hiking With or Without a Car

Vashon Island is a wonderful, close to home (still in King County!) destination for a weekend or a day trip from the Seattle area any time of year. Vashon Island hiking is one of the best ways to spend a day on Vashon. The trails are beautiful, well maintained,...

How to Dehydrate Vegetarian Chili for Backpacking

I’ve spent a lot of the last year experimenting with dehydrating my own meals for backpacking, with lots of picnic experiments this past winter! I don’t mind some of the commercially available backpacking food, but I don’t love how expensive they are or how much sodium (and other stuff)...

YOU Can Climb Mt St Helens

Climbing Mt St Helens is without question one of my top experiences ever! Despite the vast numbers of photos I’ve taken, they really don’t capture the experience (though they do help me remember that experience!). The feeling of climbing a volcanic landscape and then sitting at the mouth of...

Lake Easton Sno Park Snowshoeing and Skiing

Lake Easton Sno Park is my favorite all around place for cross country skiing on the I-90 corridor close to Seattle. Some of the other sno parks are closer to Seattle, or have more challenges but Lake Easton is my favorite. Cabin Creek is wonderful for practicing hills and...

How to make the Best Homemade Pizza

One of our favorite meals on a weekend day when we’ve been outside adventuring is homemade pizza! It’s a lot easier than it sounds (as long as you have a stand mixer) and it’s such a fun and social way to eat dinner. We sometimes have it for just...

Snowshoe Pacific Crest Trail North from Snoqualmie Pass

If you’re looking for a close to Seattle, no trail pass needed, relatively safe from avalanches winter snowshoe, snowshoe Pacific Crest Trail north from Snoqualmie Pass! This trail is also known as the longer outing to Commonwealth Basin though I have never gone beyond the first couple miles. I...

Beautiful Flat Walks in Seattle

We are surrounded by many amazing fall and winter hikes in Seattle, but we have some wonderful walks in Seattle too! These are perfect for rainy days, short winter days, long summer evenings, snowstorms and when you just don’t want to have to do too much planning. These walks...

How to make Smores without a fire (6 ways)

Smores are one of my favorite foods. We keep smore supplies stocked in our pantry at ALL TIMES. We stretch the camping season for more of the year than most people, and we have a backyard propane firepit so we keep smores as our go to dessert all year!...