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

Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

Located outside of Little Rock, Washington is a prairie of natural dome-like hills called Mima mounds. The origin of these mounds is still a bit of a mystery. Some speculate large gophers created these hills, others think they were formed from wind blown sentiments. Mima mounds are found in various states west of the Mississippi River. The Mima Mounds Natural Area in Thurston County is … Continue reading Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

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

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

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

Alta Lake State Park

Back in June, we took a camping trip to Alta Lake State Park.  This was my first time at Alta Lake, and what a little gem it is. It’s in a great location (about 30 minutes from Chelan), and it’s really pretty. The campground was also really nice. There were a lot of trees which provided a lot of shade throughout the day.  We were … Continue reading Alta Lake 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