Quick Escape: See the Skagit Bald Eagles

Have you been up to see the eagles? One of the very first day trips I made after moving to Seattle was up to the Skagit River in January to see the eagles. I’d relocated from Wisconsin, a state where small flocks of bald eagles commonly gathered along fish-bearing rivers in winter. So off I […]

Quick Escape: Seaside on the Oregon Coast

If you’re looking for an old school beach resort town, look no further than Seaside, Oregon. This is the real deal, where you can munch on saltwater taffy as you stroll the beach boardwalk hand in hand, watching the sunset behind Tillamook head. Seaside’s status as the premiere  Oregon Coast beach resort was sealed over a century ago […]

DAY TRIP: Hiking in Paradise at Mount Rainier

Do you hear that mountain that is calling your name? It’s the most recognizable icon of Washington state’s landscape. It has three of our state’s best campgrounds and two outstanding historic lodges to sleep in. And whether you experience Mount Rainier National Park from a car, a wheelchair, a stroller or your hiking boots, it’ll […]

Cheap Sleeps and Day Hikes – Central Washington

To many of hikers, a “cheap sleep” is their tent. And in truth, a tent is probably the cheapest sleep of all. But it’s not a top choice for everyone, all the time. Sometimes after an exhilarating, sweaty hike I want nothing more than a hot shower, a cold beer and a soft bed. You […]