Author: Jennie Flaming

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...

Best November hikes 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 hikes near Seattle are pretty great with many local hikes that can be enjoyed in the wet months too. A great way to our gray winters in...

Fall Backpacking at Lake Stuart

This post was originally written in 2016, updated August 2020 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. Lake Stuart is...

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,...