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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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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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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Labor Day Drive Through the Mountains

We spent an incredible Labor Day weekend exploring the North Cascades Pass, Winthrop and Twisp. Our last morning we woke up early, grabbed some coffee and breakfast to go from a little stand across the street from our hotel, and set off for our drive back through the Northern Cascades and home to our beloved cat. …

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Wild West in Winthrop, Washington

We headed to Winthrop and the North Cascades National Park for Labor Day weekend, exploring as much as we could of the surrounding area during our long weekend getaway. Winthrop was our base once we got to the eastern side of the mountains, and while we didn’t spend a ton of time there, we did …

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Afternoon in Newhalem, Washington

When I originally planned our Labor Day weekend getaway, I based our itinerary on what I thought we could accomplish on the bikes. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate so we ended up driving my Vue over the Cascade Pass to Winthrop, still making most of the stops I had researched along the way. One stop …

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Driving Through the North Cascades Pass

After our awesome motorcycle trip around the Olympic Peninsula for my birthday, I wanted to get back on the road for another long weekend trip on the bikes. Brian spent some time making sure they were still in good order, and I researched and booked a Labor Day weekend getaway to Winthrop via the North Cascades …

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State Parks on Whidbey Island

We had beautiful weather during my parents' visit and spent most of our time outdoors. On Saturday we got an early start and enjoyed what was left of the Skagit Valley tulip festival before exploring some of the other towns throughout Skagit County. There were lots of people with similar plans and we had had enough …

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Weekend on Orcas Island

Long before we moved to the Pacific Northwest friends were telling us we needed to check out the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. Right before the holidays I came across something online about winter getaway deals for the islands-- they obviously get tons of traffic during the summer, but many places offer …

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