Deschutes Falls Park

After being closed for 25 years, Deschutes Falls Park is open again and it’s a beauty. The park was used as a campground from the 1940’s to 1980’s, and Thurston County purchased the land and it’s been closed since the 1990’s. The park is easy to find off google maps (the address is 25005 Bald Hill Rd SE, Yelm, WA 98597), and there are county … Continue reading Deschutes Falls Park

Tolmie State Park

Last Thursday, we have one last glorious 80 degree day. To send summer off, I headed over to Tolmie State Park. I’m slowly trying to check out things to do in the South Sound. Tolmie State Park is located just northeast of Olympia. It’s a marine park with a nice stretch of calm beach to explore. There are 3 miles of hiking trails in a … Continue reading Tolmie State Park

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (aka BFJNNWR) is a beautiful place to visit in the South Sound. The refuge is located where the Nisqually River and Medicine Creek meet the Puget Sound. Over the years,  there has been a lot of work has been done to restore the land to it’s natural state like removing dikes. There are a lot of trails and … Continue reading Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Exploring northern Lake Chelan

Ever since my first visit to Stehekin (the town on the north end of Lake Chelan), I’ve been wanting to explore the remote campsites along the lake. Luckily, I have family members who own boats, and said family members sometimes take us out on their boats. Back in May, we took a quick weekend trip over to Chelan. One day, we explored the entire lake by … Continue reading Exploring northern Lake Chelan

Soaking up sunshine on Orcas Island

September and October were really busy months for my travel companion and I. We visited Orcas Island, Pullman, British Columbia, Skamania, and Whidby Island. With all this rain over the past couple of weeks it’s hard to remember that we had a great start to fall in the Northwest. It wasn’t too long ago that we were blessed with sunshine and warm days. Back in September, I … Continue reading Soaking up sunshine on Orcas Island

Wallace Falls Hike

Since I don’t work during the summers, I like spending my time exploring the hiking options around me. After doing a few hikes off the I-90 corridor, I decided to move on to the Highway 2 area. Wallace Falls seemed like a perfect choice for a day hike. I called up a co-worker and we met in Monroe. The trail  head is easy to find. It’s … Continue reading Wallace Falls Hike

Whislter, BC

When I was in middle school (about 15 years ago), my parents and I went up to Whistler, BC for a weekend. They bought a timeshare, and neither of us have returned since. Initially, my husband and I originally planned on bringing our mountain bikes up. But as I was doing research about mountain biking in the area, I got a little intimidated by the Whistler Bike Park. … Continue reading Whislter, BC

Fort Stevens State Park

While staying in Seaside for a week, we visited Fort Stevens State Park. When I was little, I used to camp there every other summer. It’s probably been at least 15 years since I last went, and I couldn’t really remember what it was like. We first drove to the beach to check out Peter Iredale, the shipwreck. It ran ashore in 1906 during a … Continue reading Fort Stevens State Park

Tillamook Head Hike

Tillamook Head is a buff just south of Seaside. It’s the land visible from the beach as seen in the picture below. While staying at Fort Clatsop, Clark hiked over the ridge to see a beached whale that was near the current day Ecola State Park. They bartered with members from the Tillamook tribe for some blubber. At a point along his journey he said this about the view, “…the … Continue reading Tillamook Head Hike