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Author: Jennie Flaming

Best Hiking Snacks that aren’t Bars

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I’m ready to go out for a hike, and everything is pretty much ready to go because I keep my backpack packed with everything except my food and clothes but I can’t think of any hiking snacks! This used...

Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride or Hike

The Snoqualmie Tunnel is an interesting and weird phenomenon to visit! I want to make sure it’s clear that riding a bike is NOT necessary to check it out. However, even though I’m not that big of a cyclist, I find biking to be the most enjoyable way to...

Tolmie Peak Lookout Hike: Big Views of Mt Rainier

Imagine the best views around of Mt Rainier, two alpine lakes and incredible wildflowers and you’ve got the Tolmie Peak Lookout hike. At close to 8 miles round trip and 1100 feet of elevation gain, it’s a moderate day hike. A long gravel road and being located on the...

Best things to do in Juneau Alaska

It’s time for another post about Southeast Alaska (check out my previous ones about Skagway, Ketchikan and Glacier Bay National Park)! I lived in Skagway for three years and lived in Juneau for a winter during that time. I’ve also visited Juneau many other times so it’s hard to...

McClellan Butte Hike: Super hard and rewarding

By now you likely know that I don’t normally write about hard hikes, since I like to keep things low key. I do enjoy a super hard hike now and then, (check out my Mt St Helens summit climb guide here) I like to include them in case you’d...

What to Bring Day Hiking in the Pacific Northwest

This post is all about what to bring day hiking, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. As I talked about in my post about hiking for absolute beginners, you don’t need a lot of gear to get started with hiking. I am not suggesting that you should bring...

Deception Pass Weekend Adventure

Deception Pass State Park is the most popular state park in Washington and it’s easy to see why. Close to our major populations center (about two hours from Seattle) and with ocean beaches, lakes and forest, spectacular sunsets, an iconic historic bridge and endless recreation opportunities, it’s easy to...

Super Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

We are at the height of peach season!! Peaches are one of our many amazing crops in Washington state and come along in late summer and into early fall. In our family we love to just eat them, but they don’t stay long at the peak of ripeness and...

Talapus Lake Hike near Snoqualmie Pass

The very popular Talapus lake hike is a 4 mile round trip with a bit under 1000 feet of elevation gain mellow hike to a lake within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, which is awesome for summer! You have the option of adding another mile and a bit more uphill...

Things to do in Ketchikan Alaska

It’s time for another Southeast Alaska post! Check these posts for other places in Southeast Alaska including Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, and Juneau. This post will focus on a day in Ketchikan, which is very busy with cruise ships in the summer! Although this post is oriented towards...