Washington Hikes: Alta Vista Loop

On our recent trip to Mt. Rainier National Park, we opted to stay at the Paradise Inn for an evening and dedicate our weekend to hiking around Paradise. After an incredible morning hiking at nearby Sunrise, we finally arrived at Paradise to find that the clouds had rolled in, blocking much of the summit and …

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Washington Hikes: Mount Pilchuck

This weekend we FINALLY got around to hiking Mount Pilchuck! This hike has been on our list since we moved to Washington, but for some reason we managed to hike multiple other hikes around it while avoiding this big one. It’s actually not a ‘big one’ compared to most—it’s a little under six miles roundtrip …

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The Road Less Traveled: Driving Route 2 Along Glacier National Park

If you’re considering a trip to Glacier National Park, I absolutely recommend you experience Going to the Sun road in both directions—there is a reason it’s one of the top things to do when you visit the park. However, I also recommend you consider experiencing the park from a road less traveled—U.S. highway 2. We …

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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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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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Artsy, Active Weekend of Photography and Local Adventures

This ended up being a really productive weekend. We crossed a bunch of travel and wedding planning items off the list Saturday, including the fiance taking a camera class for our brand new Canon EOS 60D, an early wedding present from my parents (AMAZING!) Between the class and the gobs of reading he's done online, …

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Walk the Line, Tow the Path

The weather finally warmed up enough that we had to get out and enjoy a few rays of sunshine. We took our roomie/friend/pseudo-child to the Tow Path for an afternoon walk, parking and entering in Penisula. I love accessing the path in Penisula on days like this where it's exciting to be around other people who …

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