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Tag: summer

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...

Naches Peak Loop Hike: Wildflowers and fall colors

The Naches Peak Loop hike is one of my favorite hikes in Mt Rainier National Park and even in all of Washington State! I’ve written about it before, including in my post about Mt Rainier wildflower hikes and my post for a day trip to Mt Rainier. This hike...

Talus Loop hike: something different on Mt Si

I’ve written before about reasons NOT to hike the Mt Si trail, but recently I set out to explore a few of the other trails from that same trailhead, now that the trailhead direct bus service serves it. The Talus loop hike is a terrific alternative to Mt Si,...

How to Deal with Mosquitoes Hiking and Camping

It’s peak summer and peak hiking and camping season, which goes hand in hand with lots of mosquitoes, especially around lakes which make great camping locations. In our family we take mosquito protection seriously! We lived in Alaska for seven years and Jay spent several of those years doing...

Asahel Curtis Nature Trail: I-90 Leg Stretch

The Asahel Curtis Nature Trail is a surprisingly gorgeous and nature packed trail given it’s short length (one mile), less than 200 feet of elevation gain, and it’s location right next to I-90! This is about an hour away from Seattle (same trailhead as Annette Lake), so probably not...

Ride a Bike to Alki Beach in Seattle

Alki Beach is one of my favorite places in Seattle and one of the best beaches in Washington State! You may have read about it in this post about outdoor activities in Seattle. It has a beautiful beach, good people watching, good views of boat traffic, views of the...

Annette Lake Hike: moderate day hike that has it all

Don’t freak out that there’s snow in this picture! This is an awesome summer hike too, this is just my favorite picture of Annette Lake! This particular day was early November with the first snow falling and it was still an amazing day. In the summer, the Annette Lake...

How to make a Mushroom Beef Burger

Are you ready for the juiciest, most flavorful burger you’ve EVER had?? Looking to reduce your consumption of red meat in the process? If so, look no further than this incredible mushroom beef burger!! We started experimenting with this in our household last summer and now we really have...

Where can I Rent Kayaks in Seattle?

Now that it’s truly summertime in Seattle, who doesn’t want to get out on the water? But how to do it? Most people don’t own boats, and taking boat trips can be expensive. Sometimes you just want to play around in the water! Luckily, there are some places you...

Mt Fremont Hike: Big Views of Mt Rainier

Looking for a big view of Mt Rainier with views from the whole trail? The Mt Fremont hike is a fantastic choice when Sunrise is open (late June through September)! This hike has views from every step and at 6 miles round trip and 800 feet of elevation gain,...