Hikes, Rambles and Strolls

My husband and I enjoy hiking and have hiked a wide variety of trails in our 34 years of marriage. A few of our favorites are Golden Canyon in Death Valley, Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail in Joshua Tree National Park and Loch Brora in Northern Scotland. But our favorite places to hike are close to…

Orcas Island, WA

The San Juan Islands, located in the Salish Sea in the northwestern part of Washington State, are an ideal get away for anyone looking for a place to enjoy the outdoors. This archipelago consists of over 400 islands with San Juan, Orcas and Lopez being the largest in the chain. The islands offer a wide…

On the Road Again – Wine Tasting!

Have vaccine will travel! And that’s exactly what we did last weekend; our first trip in way too many months. It was so great to be on the road again. It was drizzling in the Seattle area as we left town, but by the time we were over Snoqualmie Pass, the sun was shining and…

Travel Photos of Washington State

A few things that have helped me stay sane through the past year of life during a pandemic have been long walks, doing yoga with my daughter (check out her yoga site here) and looking back at photos of past travels. I have a few favorites from locations around the globe that I’ll be sharing…

Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island, located in Puget Sound about 30 miles north of Seattle is the largest island in Washington State. It was named for Joseph Whidbey, one of the explorers on Captain George Vancouver’s team who, along with Peter Puget, mapped the island in the late 1700s. It is home to several state parks, including my…

Lake Quinault, WA

Lake Quinault located in the southern part of the Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington State makes for a peaceful and relaxing get away almost anytime of year. Located on the Olympic Peninsula, the current lodge was built in the 1920s by the same architect who built Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. It…

Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive is a scenic stretch of road in Northwestern Washington State that runs from Bellingham to Bow. Before it was completed in 1896, boat or train were the only options to get south of Whatcom County. This scenic road was once part of the Pacific Highway that ran from Vancouver, BC to San Diego….

Deception Pass State Park

When I was a child my family had an annual picnic at Deception Pass State Park with the families of several of my father’s colleagues. We always met at Rosario Beach and occupied a large area with several picnic tables. We ate hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad (my mom’s was the best) and drank soda;…

Flowers

Just a short blog post today since I have a full day planned, so I am sharing some photos of flowers I have taken while walking in my neighborhood. Like many neighborhoods, we have an abundance of gorgeous flowers, lilacs, pansies, rhododendrons, tulips, roses and daisies; all for our enjoyment. Be sure to take time…