Big Gulch Trail

A hike in a serene, forested area is a great way to recharge when the stress of life builds up. And it’s an added bonus when the trail is in an urban area, preventing the need for a long drive to a distant trailhead. One such place is Big Gulch Trail, a hidden gem in…

Picnic Point Park

Like most parks around the country, Picnic Point Park, located in Snohomish County, WA was closed for several months due to COVID-19. However, it is open now and we enjoyed a long walk there last weekend. Situated on the shores of Puget Sound with a nice view of Whidbey Island, there is much to do…

A Walk in My Neighborhood

It’s hard to write a travel blog right now, when travel is restricted, but I have been enjoying walks in my neighborhood these days. Take a walk with me and I will show you some of my favorite places. I never tire of the view of Whidbey Island from the housing development across the street….

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a lovely town in Provence with antique shops and a lively and bustling street market where you will find a wide variety of local items. The canals that branch off of the Sorgue River add to the beauty of this town. I have been there only twice and each time just for an…

Gordes, France

The iconic village of Gordes in southeastern France, nestled in the foothills of Les Monts de Vaucluse, overlooking the Luberon Valley is one of the most popular villages in Provence. It is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, a distinction given to approximately 100 villages to promote tourism in rural France. It was…

Green Island, Australia

Green Island, located about 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, is part of The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are many tours available from Cairns including full and half day excursions. We were there in April 2011, and found it to be an interesting…

San Juan Island, WA

Located in Washington State, near the Canadian border is a group of islands called the San Juan Islands. Clustered in the Salish Sea, the largest of these islands include San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw along with well over 150 smaller islands. The islands offer a wide variety of activities including hiking, beach combing, canoeing,…

National Parks

In honor of National Parks Week, I am sharing some photos from the parks I have been to over the years. The National Park Service was established in 1916 and includes sixty one parks. These parks are national treasures and we need to preserve and protect them so they can be enjoyed by future generations….

Some Random Thoughts on COVID-19 and Sheltering in Place

Getting away in the spring is always a nice break from the hectic pace of life. In the past, our spring get-aways have included Galiano Island, BC, Canada; Orcas Island, WA; Yosemite National Park and wine tasting in Sonoma County, CA. This spring we had planned to go to Eastern Washington to visit wineries and…