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

Coal Creek Falls

The Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is full of wide and maintained trails. One of those trails leads to Coal Creek Falls.The falls are pretty small, but the landscape surrounding the area is lush and green. There are several ways to get there, but I usually park at the Red Town trail head. From the trail head, I take the Cave Hole Trail, and then turn onto … Continue reading Coal Creek Falls

Seabeck, Washington

In March, I attended a small retreat at the Seabeck Conference Center. It’s located along the Hood Canal, about 15-20 minutes away from Silverdale. It’s a very beautiful area with 90 acres of land, and views of the Olympic Mountains on a clear day.  It rained the majority of the weekend, but what else can you expect for a March? The conference center was originally developed in the … Continue reading Seabeck, Washington

Road biking on San Juan Island

One way to make a visit to the San Juan islands more affordable is to take your bike instead of your car. A few summers ago, my husband and I rode the ferry, and explored San Juan Island on our road bikes. We had lunch in Friday Harbor, and walked around a little bit before taking off. We rode south on the island, and ended … Continue reading Road biking on San Juan Island

Snoqualmie Tunnel and John Wayne Pioneer Trail

The John Wayne  Pioneer Trail is a 300 mile long (former railroad) gravel trail that stretches across two-thirds of Washington State. It starts in the Western slopes of the Cascade Mountain range, and ends at the Idaho border. We started at the Hyak entrance at Iron Horse State Park, and rode down hill to  Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend. This portion of the trail goes … Continue reading Snoqualmie Tunnel and John Wayne Pioneer Trail