Author: Jennie Flaming

Mt Rainier Yakima Loop Drive

It was my birthday a couple weeks ago and Jay and some friends planned a super fun overnight camping trip on the Mt Rainier Yakima loop drive! One of the great things about the pacific northwest is that you can string together a couple of day trips for a...

10 Best Fall Hikes near Seattle

Fall is the BEST time of year for hiking near Seattle! It’s cooler, less crowded and generally no bugs! In the Pacific Northwest we have an abundance of gorgeous fall color and hiking trails to enjoy them. So pack a hot drink, some soup in a thermos , some...

Best North Cascades National Park Itinerary: Day Trip or Weekend

North Cascades National Park is a beautiful and rugged park in northern Washington State with less crowds than most. In fact, it is consistently one of the least visited national parks! Don’t miss out on this unique and beautiful place due to its relative obscurity. This North Cascades National...

The Best 3 Day Olympic National Park Itinerary

This Olympic National Park Itinerary for a three day road trip gives you good taste of the unique ecosystems of the park and a taste of the many unique ecosystems. In just three days take in sweeping mountain vistas, cascading waterfalls, hot springs, towering ancient old growth forests, and wild...

4 Places to Avoid Crowds in Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier National Park is a wildly popular national park with locals and visitors alike. The opportunity to get up close and personal with an active volcano is a unique opportunity not to be missed. In addition to the mountain itself, Mt Rainier has fairy tale wildflower meadows, dazzling...

Poo Poo Point Chirico Trail

The Poo Poo Point Chirico Trail is close to town (one of the best hikes in Issaquah) and provides a good workout with a great view. This was my first time taking the shorter, steeper trail to Poo Poo Point from the other side (the Chirico Trail). First thing...

5 Best Big View Hikes near Seattle

This is the time for a big view hike…the snow is mostly gone, skies are generally clear, wildflowers are blooming! If you’re craving a climb with big views but don’t want to drive too far, here are five suggestions for big view hikes near Seattle: Bandera Mountain (1 hour...

Summer Day Trip to Olympic National Park Beaches and Forest

Olympic National Park is a wonderful road trip getaway from Seattle, but if you only have one day to see the park or just want to get out of town for a day, it makes a great day trip too! A summer day trip to Olympic National Park means...

Mt Rainier Summer Day Trip with Less Crowds

A Mt Rainier Day Trip from Seattle during the summer is an incredible way to spend the day! Summer in Mt Rainier is mid-July through September. During this time, all the roads are open, most of the easy and moderate hiking trails will be snow free and this is...

How to Avoid Crowds in National Parks

You’ve driven for hours, or days through cities and traffic an beautiful and solitary open roads and arrived at that iconic national park, ready to have your mind blown by the stunning beauty of nature, to breathe and smell fresh air and trees, and liven up your Instagram story....