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The Old Cloverdale Farm – Whitehorse Trail

The Whitehorse Trail spans 27 miles from Arlington to Darrington, Wa. Connecting from the Centennial trail and following the North Fork Stillaguamish River upstream along an old BNSF railroad grade. The line was originally laid in 1901 and served several mill and mining operations along the way. This afternoon I thought I would make a…

Is it a “Hobbit Hole” or a Mine at the Base of Explorer Falls?

Explorer Falls, formerly known as Wheeler Falls, is located near Lake Roesiger in Snohomish. The trail has gotten more difficult since the last time I was there. It has washed out at a little more than a mile from the trailhead. You now need to climb down the embankment, cross a stream, and climb back…

Tour the Lake Part 2 (North Lakeshore Swimming Beach)

The second stop on the tour of Lake Stevens is really quite quick and to the point, so I’ll get the details out of the way before getting into the juicy parts. With a modest sandy beach feet from the parking area and a nice dock putting you out just far enough to get your…

Arlington’s Art Walk

The Centennial Trail was built on the old Burlington-Northern Railroad track. It runs from Stanwood to Snohomish. That’s 29 miles of scenic bicycling and walking paved trail. It’s a county treasure to be sure. My family loves to go bicycling anytime of year on the trail.  The Centennial trail begins at the Nakashima Barn in…

FishViews (Virtual Adventure)

So we know about Google Street View and how you can take a virtual tour down nearly every public street in America, but what about our waterways? FishViews is a revolutionary company that is mapping our waterways one river and one shoreline at a time. I just took a tour down the North Fork Stillaguamish…

Mount Vernon Getaway

We were on our way to Bellingham when traffic began to back-up so we slipped off the highway and decided to explore the town of Mount Vernon.  This is not your parents Mount Vernon.  This town has seen a serious revitalization in the last several years.  There is a scenic boardwalk that follows the river….

Teepee Falls

My husband and I took a drive this afternoon up the Suiattle River Road outside of Darrington, Wa. We hit a little bit of snow, but made it just fine to our destination and even beyond. My sights were on something I had driven over several times, but didn’t know was there. 6.75 miles up…

Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens & Pilchuck Living History Farm

The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens & Pilchuck Living History Farm are located right off the highway on exit 215 in the Stanwood area. It makes for a great rest stop break. The site cover 20 acres. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and explore. The gardens have .75 miles of ADA accessible trails that…

Tour the Lake Part 1 (Lundeen Park)

After a visit to the Lake Stevens library to read up on some local history I decided that I couldn’t tell the story of the legendary Lake Stevens of Lake Stevens in just one blog post. Also, each park along its vast shores offer a unique experience to be had. Here begins Part 1 of…

Japanese Gulch

The Japanese Gulch is located in Mukilteo, Washington and is a series of heavily wooded parks totaling 98 acres. The park has miles of trails for walking, running, or biking.  If you bring your dog, make sure you keep it on a leash. While visiting we spotted a coyote on the trail. The Mukilteo Community…

Sunnyside Nursery (guest blogger)

I have this brilliant niece, June Bug. She’s 9 years old, has countless talents, loves reading, horticulture, and much more. She recently took a class at Sunnyside Nursery along with her daddy on how to grow roses. She said that I should write about it on PNW Adventure Sisters, but really a true adventure can’t…

Cherry Creek Falls Trail

Cherry Falls in Duvall, Washington can be difficult to find. We had to make two attempts at this hike. This 25 foot waterfall is about 3.25 miles from the trailhead. The first couple miles the trail is clearly marked.  The last little bit is not quite so well marked.  The best advice I can give is…

Barclay Lake and the Big Cat!

This past weekend was beautiful and dry! Something the PNW hasn’t seen for sometime, so my cousin Tom and I decided to head for Barclay Lake in the Wild Sky Wilderness area off of Highway 2 in Baring, Wa. Once you leave the highway there’s a worthwhile stop on the way up to the trailhead….

Boulder River (Falls) Trail

Here’s a hike that is just a few minutes from my house and really has quite a bit to offer. This brisk and beautiful Saturday morning I decided to take a solo trip up the Boulder River trail. It’s an 8.6 Mile round trip hike with 700 gradual feet in elevation gain, but you can…

Tubing at Snoqualmie

This was a heck a lot of fun! The 500 foot tubing course has several tracks laid side by side. They are open December to March, Friday through Sunday, but check website for rates, dates, and hours of operation. The tube is provided with admission. They also, have night sledding that looks like fun. It…

Western Heritage Center

See and experience how the pioneers lived. This is a hands on museum featuring antique farming, mining, logging, railroad, and household equipment once used by area pioneers. Throw a switch or push a button depending on the display and see the equipment come to life. Perfect outing for small children. So many buttons and switches to…

Granite Falls, Granite Falls

Right at the gateway to one of the best drives in Washington State sits Granite Falls, a quaint little town. The Mountain Loop Highway connects this historically rich town to yet another even smaller town just as full of mining, logging and Native American history. Not to mention the many hidden treasures along the way….

Skagit County Museum & Barn Tour

Farming is near and dear to our family.  We come from generations of farmers and our Dad still has a herd of beautiful black angus.  So, it only seemed natural to take him to the Skagit County Museum located in La Connor, Washington and for a barn tour. The Skagit County Museum has a collection…

The secret at Frank Mason Park

On the drive to Granite Falls I’ve passed by this lake every time and never stopped to find an access point. Today was the day! I was headed straight on the highway, but somehow the car turned right onto Crooked Mile Road and I followed the sign to Frank Mason Park. I pulled into the…

The Sorrowful Tale of the Nakashima Barn

The Nakashima barn is located in Arlington at the end of the Centennial Trail or the beginning depending on the way you look at it.  It is a great place to go for a walk or take a bike ride.  The Centennial Trail is nearly 30 miles long and growing every year. You can bike…

Machias Cemetary – Civil War POW

A large portion of my childhood was spent in Machias, Washington. One place I had never explored was the Cemetery. It sits just above the old townsite of Machias. There’s two sections to this final resting place, as a road winds through the center. On the left is the newer section and on the right…

Ballard Farmers Market

Enjoy fresh baked bread, organic vegetables, herbal hand soap, hand knitted crafts, street tacos, artisan yogurt, and so much more at the Ballard Farmers Market. The market is held year round, every Sunday 10am to 3pm. Even in the winter months the market boasts nearly 150 vendor booths.  If you’re looking for entertainment the market…

Let’s Play Games!

The Let’s Play Cafe is an arcade and game room located in Monroe, WA. This establishment features a wide array of arcade and pinball machines.  You can buy tokens at their front desk.  If it’s role play or board gaming that interests you, they have several tables set up for that as well. The retail…

A Walk to Lake Cassidy

It looked as though the rain was going to hold off this morning, so I grabbed my niece and we set out on an adventure. Lake Cassidy had been on my list and seemed easy enough for little legs at 2.6 miles round trip and only 50 feet in elevation gain. It’s a small section…

Lime Bikes are Now Available in Bothell!

Lime bikes have arrived in Bothell. All you need is your bicycle helmet and smart phone. If you are like me and don’t have a bike rack this is perfect. No more forcing your bike into the hatchback of your car. Lime bikes are easy and inexpensive to rent. What is Lime Bike? Where to…

Harborview Park (Ebey Slough)

I have this love affair with Ebey Slough, and today I was finally able to explore a section of it I had yet to see at Harborview Park in Marysville, Wa. This expansive estuary of the Snohomish River not only exudes beauty at the center of urban sprawl, it also beholds controversial and somewhat painful…

Fortson Mill Ghost Town

This morning my husband and I had to run down below (that’s what Darrington folks call going to town). On the way I wanted to stop at Fortson to get some photos to accompany the story I’m about to tell you. The history of a town that could have made it, but didn’t. As we…

Space Traveling Cats

For a rainy day adventure visit Meowtropolitan and the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company. Start your day at Meowtropolitan, a cat cafe. You can either view the kitties at play through the viewing window or for a small fee play with the cats while you enjoy a cup of joe. These are rescue cats and…

How to plan your first hiking adventure!

Are you curious about hiking, but afraid to make the plunge? Fear of the unknown will keep you on the sidelines your whole precious life if you let it. Once you get out there a few times you’ll probably laugh at your initial hesitation. My philosophy is that the more you subject yourself to what…