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…

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….

Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop’s Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim…

Cross Country Skiing at Mt. Bachelor

Planning on playing in the snow this winter? Consider Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon. This is a beautiful location that offers skiing, snow boarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and 56 km of cross country trails. Located about 30 minutes from Sunriver, and about an hour from Bend, this resort is a perfect get away for couples…

Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

The Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens in Tokyo dates back to the early 1600s, at the beginning of the Edo Period. It is the oldest garden in Tokyo and a delight to experience. I first wrote about this garden earlier this year; you’ll find that post here. It was July when my husband and I first visited,…