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

Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment is located on the very southwestern tip of Washington State, and is just north of the mouth of the Columbia River. It’s one of the foggiest places in the U.S., but luckily I visited the park on a clear sunny day.  This area was visited by early European explorers and the military used the land to protect the Columbia River from threats during the … Continue reading Cape Disappointment State Park

Fort Casey State Park

As one of the members of the “triangle of fire” (the other two are Fort Worden and Fort Flager), Fort Casey was strategically placed on Whidbey Island to help protect the inner Puget Sound. Fort Casey State Park is a huge area with a conference center, pool, bunkers and batteries to explore, a light house to tour, and lots of walking trails. It’s a great … Continue reading Fort Casey State Park

Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Ebey’s Landing is a National Historic Reserve (the first one in the Unite States) that has a beautiful hike along the bluff overlooking the Puget Sound. To access the Bluff Trail. you can park near the cemetery and walk through the prairie. This route will allow you to see the historic homestead of Jacob and Sarah Ebey. If you are short on time, you can … Continue reading Ebey’s Landing Bluff Trail

Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens

Click here to see my previous post about some of the things to do as you drive out to the Johnston Ridge Observatory.  The Johnston Ridge Observatory sits just five miles away from the base of Mount St. Helens. This is a fee area, so plan to bring your wallet or your National Park Pass. The observatory has amazing views of the mountain and the … Continue reading Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens was the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. History. Fifty-seven people lost their lives, hundreds of homes were destroyed, bridges were moved, and miles of railway and highway were torn up. Ash blew all over the Pacific Northwest and as far as the Mideast. The MSH Natonal Volcanic Monument opened two years after the eruption for research, recreation, … Continue reading Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Fort Columbia State Park

Located along the Columbia River is the Historic Fort Columbia State Park. It is one of the most intact coastal military defense site in the United States, and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Construction started in the late 1800’s and it was remodeled and used during World War II. The 617 acre park may be smaller than some of the other Washington forts … Continue reading Fort Columbia State Park

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

Dungeness Spit Hike

Dungeness Spit is a 5.5 mile long sand spit in the Strait of Juan de Fuca  near Sequim, Washington. It’s the longest natural sand spit in the United States. It is located within the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge. At the tip of the spit is a lighthouse that was once operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Now a group of dedicated volunteers from the New Dungeness Lighthouse … Continue reading Dungeness Spit Hike

Exploring Camano Island

A few weekends ago we had a family event taking place on a  Sunday morning. We decided to rent a room on airbnb somewhere near Mount Vernon. I found a room on Camano Island, and we drove up Saturday morning. It was cloudy, cool weekend but luckily there wasn’t to much rain. After checking into our room, we went into Stanwood for some Thai Food. Then … Continue reading Exploring Camano Island