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

Lake Crescent

The beautiful Lake Crescent is about 18 miles west of Port Angeles within the Olympic National Park. This pristine lake was created from landslide around 7,000 years ago. There are many recreational activities at Lake Crescent. You can choose from many hikes (including a lakeside trail), camping, boating, or enjoy a paddle on a kayak or canoe. The Lake Crescent lodge has boat rentals (check their … Continue reading Lake Crescent

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

Lake Chelan State Park

Most of Washington’s state parks are pretty great. The parks are located in some of the most beautiful areas in Washington. If I were to rate the parks on a scale of 1-10, Lake Chelan would most definitely be a 10. You can get a campsite on a gorgeous lake, and park your boat on a nearby dock. What else can you ask for? Okay, okay. Maybe … Continue reading Lake Chelan 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

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