Author: Jennie Flaming

Mt St Helens Weekend (North side)

Looking for a fantastic short getaway full of outdoor adventure and volcano education? Make it a Mt St Helens weekend! A great and affordable basecamp for a weekend exploring the north side of Mt St Helens National Monument (the side where the most destruction is visible from the 1980...

Where to find a Tidepool near Seattle

As long as I can remember, I have loved tidepools! When I was growing up, my grandparents lived by a beach on the Kitsap penninsula that had fantastic tidepools. We planned our days around the low tide since everyone knows that the best time to go to the beach....

How to Visit Mowich Lake at Mt Rainer (Winter and Summer)

Mowich Lake in Mt Rainier National Park is a wonderful remote part of the park with far less people than the more popular areas of the park. The long unpaved, potholed road and lack of services or a cell phone signal deters some visitors, but not you! Read on...

Methow Valley Affordable cross country skiing

Cross country or nordic skiing is a great way to get out in the snow and avoid the expense, traffic and waiting in line of downhill skiing while moving a lot faster than snowshoeing (usually). The Methow Valley in north central Washington is a wonderful nordic skiing destination with...

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,...