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

Dosewallips State Park

Located near Brinnon, Washington on the Hood Canal, Dosewallips State Park has lots of options for marine related activities. The Dosewallips River runs through the park, and there is a large stretch of Hood Canal beach. To access the beach, take the road that is just north of the Dosewallips River. You drive past a field and there is a parking lot. You walk through … Continue reading Dosewallips 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

Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay State Park is located on the southern part of Birch Bay. The community of Birch Bay is small, welcoming, and definitely a great little get-away spot. The state park easy to find with accessible beach access. There are many options for a day-use activities with many picnic tables along the beach, two shelters, a basketball court, and miles of hiking trails. The camping … Continue reading Birch Bay State Park

Spencer Spit State Park

Located on Lopez Island, Spencer Spit State Park is a great option for those that want to car camp on the San Juan Islands. There are many drive up tent sites, some walk-in beach sites for those arriving on the Cascadia Marine Trail. The campsites are wooded with plenty of shade. This is a popular campground, so make sure you reserve the campsite in advance. … Continue reading Spencer Spit State Park

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

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