Author: Jennie Flaming

Lake Valhalla Hike at Stevens Pass

Lake Valhalla is a gorgeous alpine lake along the Pacific Crest Trail just north of Steven Pass. A perfect, cold lake for swimming, stunning mountain views and a beautiful forest make this hike unforgettable and one of the best in Washington State. Lake Valhalla has a perfect beach for...

Perfect Mt St Helens day trip from Seattle or Portland

Are you a volcano lover? Nature lover? If so then you absolutely must do a Mt St Helens day trip if you are anywhere near Seattle or Portland. On May 18, 1980, Loowit (Mt St Helens) erupted with incredible force, enough to incinerate miles of forest, unleash an epic...

13 Fantastic Things to do on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Washington State. It has stunning beaches, epic mountain and ocean views, old growth trees, rich farmland, interesting history and plenty of outdoor adventure. There are farms, wineries, hiking trails and a network of mountain biking trails. This...

Seattle in Winter – 17 ways to have fun like a local

Planning a winter visit to Seattle? Newcomer to Seattle getting ready for your first winter? If so, you’re in the right place! This article is all about how to thrive and not just survive Seattle in winter. You might have heard that Seattle is dark and gray in the...

13 Must see stops between Anchorage and Seward Alaska

I’m going to go right ahead and say it – the drive from Anchorage to Seward is the best drive anywhere in Alaska! I lived in Alaska for seven years and worked as a guide and still visit frequently. I have driven nearly every mile of road in Alaska...

Fields Spring State Park – Winter and Summer fun off the beaten track

Fields Spring State Park is a largely unknown gem tucked in the Blue Mountains in the far Southeast corner of Washington State. It’s a remote, sunny area with amazing year round recreation, both in the park and in the surrounding national forest. Just a few miles from both Oregon...

Best Smokeless Fire Pit – is it worth it to get one?

Humans have enjoyed the simple pleasure of sitting around a warm crackling campfire for millenia. It’s warm and cozy and immediately brings a sense of fun and adventure. Nothing gets in the way of those happy feelings like smoke in your eyes. Or you clothes and hair smelling like...

Best things to do in Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the easier to get to national parks in Alaska. It is a vast wilderness of mountains, glaciers, fjords and wildlife. The scenery is stunning and the experience of this National park is not one you’ll soon forget! This land of the Alutiiq...

13 Incredible Things to do in Seward Alaska

Seward Alaska is a unique and bustling small town that is a perfect stop on your Alaska vacation! From outdoor adventure in national parks featuring wildlife and glaciers to local art and delicious food, Seward is a wonderful town for visitors and you’ll find plenty of Alaskans visiting too....

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....