Chuckanut Drive, Washington State

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.... Continue Reading →

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;... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

The Junco Nest

There is a Junco nest in the planter by our front door. Today the babies are nine days old and are very active, so they may fledge at any moment. It has been interesting and entertaining to watch the activity from start to finish. The construction began about three weeks ago when I noticed a... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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