Author: Jennie Flaming

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....

How to know if an Energy Bar is Better than a Candy Bar

I really hate energy bars. I have just never been able to get excited about them. I’m also allergic to coconut, which excludes many bars (and has also taught be to read labels more carefully, now that coconut products are everywhere!). Bars have their place however, particularly if you...

Mt Zion Hike Olympic National Forest

On a beautiful, sunny, clear, warm June day there were only 10 cars in the parking lot. Right there that is enough for me to recommend the Mt Zion hike in Olympic National Forest! Mt Zion is a moderate hike in the northeast Olympics, east of Olympic National Park....

How to Ride the Trailhead Direct Bus to Issaquah Trails

This post was originally written it May 2018. It was updated in June 2021. You want to go for a hike, but you don’t have a car. Or you drove in Seattle’s epically bad traffic all week and can hardly bear the idea of getting in the car again...

A Local’s Guide to One Day in Seattle

Planning a visit to Seattle? Newcomer looking for a way to spend your first day off? Family visiting soon? As a lifelong Seattleite, this is my born and raised local’s guide to one day in Seattle! If you’re looking for a day trip from Seattle outside the city, look...

Skagit Valley Whidbey Island Day trip from Seattle

Seattle has the best day trip opportunities! With so many different types of weather and landscapes including mountains, deserts and islands, it’s hard to go wrong on a day trip. Get out of town to one of Washington’s scenic agricultural areas while driving by some gorgeous farms, water, beaches...