Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Like many people, autumn is my favorite time of year, not only for the cooler weather and the spectacular colors, but because it represents a new beginning. And who can resist stepping on crunchy leaves?! I love this quote from one of my favorite books, Where the Crawdads Sing: “Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly….

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…

Monet’s Garden

Twenty years ago my husband, daughter and I took a trip to Europe with my sister and her family. We started in Edinburgh, where we strolled along the Royal Mile and visited the castle. We had to stop at a woolen shop to stock up on hats, scarves and gloves since we were all so…

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;…

Silver and Gold

Kyoto, Japan is an amazing and historical place to visit. I have been there only once; in July when the weather was absolutely sweltering; not the best time of year to visit. There are many sites to see in Kyoto, but the highlight for me was Ginkakuji also known as the Silver Temple. This temple…

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…

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…