Winter in the Methow Valley

I’ve been visiting the Methow Valley for a few years now, but this was my first winter trip. When planning the trip a year ago, we decided that this would be our time to try Nordic or skate skiing.  After all, the Methow Valley has over 120 miles of trails. Maybe it was the fact that we were so excited about our new snowshoes, but … Continue reading Winter in the Methow Valley

Snowshoeing at Paradise

Have you ever tried a new activity and quickly wondered why you have gone your whole life without that activity? That’s exactly how I felt the first time I went snowshoeing. In the PNW, we’ve had an awesome winter. (Although, it’s not so great for snow, which is unfortunate since I’m finally at a point in life where I can afford to ski.) One Saturday in … Continue reading Snowshoeing at Paradise

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

Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge

One popular attraction near Vancouver, BC is the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It’s probably really cool, but in general I tent to avoid these kinds of tourist attractions. I  just checked the website, and the cost for an adult to cross the bridge  is currently $31.95. Yet there is another suspension bridge in the same area, that’s free! Lynn Canyon Park is a 670 acre park … Continue reading Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge

The Bavaria of Cascadia

Leavenworth is small town just east of Stevens Pass (Highway 2) in eastern Washington. It’s well-known for being modeled after a Bavarian village, and it is situated right along the Wenatchee River. The town was first established because it was the headquarters of the Great Northern Railroad. However when the headquarters relocated to Wenatchee, the town really struggled. In the 1906’s a group decided to … Continue reading The Bavaria of Cascadia

Granville Island Market

One of my favorite places in the city of Vancouver, BC is Granville Island. Which isn’t really an island. It’s basically a peninsula across False Creek from downtown. Originally it was called “Industrial Island” but because it is located under the Granville Street bridge, the name Granville become more popular. Whenever I visit, I always have stop by Granville Island Tea Company for some freshly steeped … Continue reading Granville Island Market

Hurricane Ridge

About an hour south of Port Angeles, and into the Olympic National Park is Hurricane Ridge. This is a really great place to visit on a summer day.  It’s easy to access (you can drive all the way up), and the views are breathtaking on a clear day.  It’s open year round, but during the winter all vehicles must carry tire chains. From the visitor … Continue reading Hurricane Ridge

Rattlesnake Ledge

Rattlesnake Ledge is a hike close to North Bend, Washington (about 30 minutes east of Seattle). The trail is four miles round trip, and has about 1100 feet of elevation gain. It’s pretty steep at times, gaining about 100 feet in 1.5 miles. The expansive views at the top overlook the Cascade mountains, Rattlesnake Ridge, and Rattlesnake lake. I’ve hiked this trail a few times, … Continue reading Rattlesnake Ledge

Day-trip Victoria Activities

There are so many different activities and attractions in Victoria, BC . Some activities require more time and travel, like Butchart Gardens for example. On our most recent trip, we visited many attractions that can easily be visited on a day-trip up to the city. Walk around Chinatown. Victoria’s Chinatown is small compared to other major cities, however it is the oldest in Canada (and … Continue reading Day-trip Victoria Activities