Washington Hikes: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

The weekend after my master's degree classes ended (HOORAY!) we set out mid-morning for one of the longer bike-and-hikes we've tackled in a while. Our destination: Lake Serene. By the time we arrived parking at the trailhead was scarce and I was glad we were on our bikes and able to sneak into an available …

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Washington Hikes: Spencer Island

Brian’s birthday fell on a Sunday, two days after I turned in the final paper of my master's degree program, so of course I immediately drummed up all of the fun weekend getaways I keep stored in the back of my brain for just such an occasion, ready to hit the road and celebrate! Unfortunately …

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Washington Hikes: Heybrook Lookout

We set out Saturday morning to tackle a new hike near Steven's Pass on the western side of the Cascade Mountains called Heybrook Lookout. This short but steep hike to the lookout ended up being about 2.5 miles roundtrip with 992 feet of elevation gain. You better believe our hearts were pumping after that mile …

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Motorcycling on Whidbey Island

Our first motorcycle trip of the new year took us to nearby Whidbey Island via the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry. The beauty of taking the bikes on the ferry is that you get to skip the line—both the line to purchase tickets as well as the line to board the ferry. Bikes are typically lined up in …

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Washington Hikes: Big Four Ice Caves

We started our new year with a hike to the Big Four Ice Caves near Granite Falls, Washington. We learned about the ice caves shortly after we moved to the Pacific Northwest, but unfortunately because a woman died there when tons of snow and ice collapsed at the mouth of the cave. My public service …

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Weekend Getaway: Discovering Utah

Our good friends moved to West Haven, Utah, several months ago, and we’ve been missing them ever since. Ian and Brian went to college together and reconnected when we moved to Seattle—I fell in love with Ian’s then girlfriend/now wife Nicole, and we had a blast getting to know them and the Pacific Northwest. They …

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Hikes, Waterfalls and Bears—Oh, My! in Many Glacier

During our recent long weekend in Glacier National Park, we spent time driving to the various areas within the park, covering to some degree the north, east and southeast sections of the park. Unfortunately the western side of the park was fairly inaccessible due to active wildfires, but we were thrilled they had opened Going …

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An Afternoon in Waterton, Alberta

Our second day in Montana we woke up on the eastern side of Glacier National Park, grabbed some coffee and scones from the shop in our hotel, and got ready to set out for Alberta, Canada, so we could see the Canadian portion of Glacier National Park. As we were about to set out, I …

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Views and Hikes on Whitefish Mountain

One of the best parts about taking the overnight train from Everett, Washington, to Whitefish, Montana, was that we arrived in Whitefish around 8 a.m. with the whole day ahead of us! The weather forecasts were calling for rain both in Whitefish as well as in Glacier National Park so we decided to head straight …

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