Washington Hikes: Sugarloaf and Mount Erie

Last Friday after dinner, I spent some time looking through my 'backpack' on the Washington Trails Association website to see what local hikes I had saved. There were a couple within an hour or so drive from our house that we were considering, but while I was opting for those with some mileage, Brian was …

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Washington Hikes: Heather Lake

During dinner with our friends last weekend, we started talking about upcoming plans and realized we all had a portion of the following weekend free. After some discussion, we decided we should meet up Saturday morning and go hiking! They are way more experienced hikers than us so I was a little worried we would …

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Washington Hikes: Cherry Creek Falls

The last time my parents visited I spent some time on the Washington Trails Association website looking up nearby hikes. If you have any interest at all in spending time on the trail anywhere in the state, you HAVE to reference this website during your planning. It’s so well-organized, has so much great information, and …

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Places to Stay in the Cascades: Glacier Peak Resort and Winery

My brother-in-law came out to visit us from Ohio and the three of us spent a long weekend in the North Cascades. Among the highlights of his visit were summiting our second mountain—Dirtyface—and traveling the North Cascades loop to show him a few of our favorite stops along the way. We crashed at our friends’ …

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Hiking Dirtyface Mountain

We have always enjoyed spending time outdoors and have really enjoyed tackling progressively more challenging hikes since moving to the Pacific Northwest. When we moved here from Ohio, we were excited to spend more time in the mountains, which we simply didn't have the opportunity to explore back at home. What I didn't anticipate is …

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Hikes and History of Long Beach, Washington

There are so many things to learn when you move somewhere new, and among them is the geography. I'm guessing many people have heard of Long Beach. I certainly had. I just assumed that when people here in Washington were referring to it, they meant the one in California. In my defense, a ton of people …

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Hiking Mount Si: Lessons Learned

Usually I am the one pushing my husband to get out of the house on the weekends. It's not that he's not adventurous, it's just that after traveling for work all week, he usually needs a break on the weekends. He was a trooper for my birthday, completing his travels and then turning around and …

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Hawaii: Oahu’s Southern Shore

Our last full day on Oahu we drove along the southern shore to experience a few natural wonders both on land and in water. After incredible days exploring the North Shore, Waikiki Beach, downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and more, it was finally time for a low-key day. We set out while it was still dark …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Sunset on Mauna Kea

After an incredible four days on Hawaii's Big Island, exploring the Kona Coast, the green sand beaches and southern most point of the U.S., Volcano National Park, Hilo and the eastern shore, and the island's northern cattle country, I took a moment to appreciate how much we had experienced in such a short time. Seeing first-hand …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Volcano National Park

We spent our first day on Hawaii's Big Island acclimating, exploring the Kona Coast, touring a coffee plantation, and seeing one of the few green sand beaches in the world. I wasn't sure how anything else could top it, but I quickly learned that the Big Island had a lot more to discover! Our second …

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