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Category: Washington

Cougar Mountain Licorice Fern Trail: Quiet Forest

The Cougar Mountain Licorice Fern trail is a mellow forest walk without many people in Cougar Mountain Regional Park. At about 4 miles round trip and with 200 feet of elevation gain, it’s a good year round, close to town option! This hike does go up and down quite...

Where to Eat at Pike Place Market

I’m a fourth generation Seattleite and I love Pike Place Market! Pro tip: It’s Pike Place Market or The Market, NEVER Pike’s or Pike’s Place! It does get really crowded and touristy, but I still love it. Even if you are visiting our town for only a day this...

Pumpkin Patch: Fun local tradition for all ages

October is an amazing time of year for Washington agriculture! All around the state there is abundant local food, from apples to hops to grapes to the last stone fruits to corn, carrots, and of course PUMPKINS! If you’re thinking that the pumpkin patch is just for preschoolers, no...

Long Beach Washington Weekend: Year round fun!

A Long Beach, Washington weekend is the perfect getaway from Seattle, Tacoma or Portland any time of year. It’s a low key, outdoor oriented place with tasty food and drink, cozy lodging and miles of walking and biking opportunities, not to mention the beach! It’s probably obvious that the...

Cutthroat Lake Hike in North Cascades: Easy Larches!

Looking for a relatively easy hike to see the gorgeous orange larch trees of North Central Washington? Previously I talked about Blue Lake, and the Cutthroat lake hike at 4 miles round trip with just 400 feet of elevation gain, this one is easier and in the same area...

Visit Chief Seattle’s Grave by Bike or Car

Did you know that Seattle is the only major city in the United States named for a Native American? When white people came to this area, they called him Seattle because they were unable to pronounce is name, Si’ahl. He is buried near Seattle in Suquamish, which is about...

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...

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...

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...