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….

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,…

The Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive

One of the perks of traveling is trying new restaurants. I have been fortunate to have traveled to quite a few countries and I have some favorite restaurants in various locations including World Wine Bar in Tokyo, L’Etoile du Nord in Paris, and Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. However, my absolute favorite restaurant, The…

Ramble at Gold Creek Pond

I had intended to write more about San Diego this week, but life has a way of interrupting our plans and intentions, c’est la vie. Instead, I will post a short blog about a recent stroll we took around Gold Creek Pond, and next week I’ll continue writing about San Diego. Gold Creek Pond is…

View From Above

Paine Field in Everett, WA, opened for commercial flights earlier this year, and oh my, it is quite a swanky place to hang out before a flight! The passenger terminal is gorgeous and feels like you’re in a private airline lounge. With fire places at both ends, fresh flowers, over stuffed couches, comfortable chairs, a…

Hikes, Rambles and Strolls

My husband and I have hiked a wide variety of trails in our 32 years of marriage. A few of our favorites are Golden Canyon in Death Valley, Fortynine Palms in Joshua Tree National Park, and Loch Brora in Northern Scotland. But our favorite place to hike is close to home, and includes almost any…

Orcas Island Retreat

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 rest and relax. The slow pace, rural setting free of traffic jams and the stress of the city, make for a perfect place to wind down and…