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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Lake Stevens Monster!

Hidden in a treed area surrounded by a neighborhood built in the 90’s is the little known “Lake Stevens Monster!” Standing 34 feet tall, 78 feet wide with a midsection measuring an astounding 210 feet. This gargantuan beast is one best appreciated in person, as my photos do its colossal size no justice. What is…

The Snohomish Pioneer Cemetery

I do have a few strange hobbies and among them are exploring cemeteries. The older the better! Today I thought I’d take a quick trip to Snohomish and check out a place I hadn’t visited in an eternity. To my surprise, a lot had changed. So I figured I’d give you guys a little history…

Peek-a-boo Lake Trail Snowshoe

Bring some guts and a gps on this excursion just outside of Darrington, Wa! The road to the trailhead was washed out pretty badly a few years back which adds over 2 miles one way to your trip making it a 9.6 mile round trip total with 2500 feet of elevation gain. When you first…

Deering Wildflower Acres

Ok, I get excited over the littlest of things. Especially new discoveries! Today, I had an hour to spare and was headed for another trail in Ebey Slough, but I was flooded out due to recent rains. So I did a little googling and found a spot I’d never heard of before, and it happened…

Fobes-Ebey Slough Dike trail

Want to know a secret? …This trail! It’s tucked away beneath the shadow of Fobes Hill in Snohomish. Hiding behind some bushes with no signs to lead you there, just familiar landmarks and, for me, memories from years ago. Nostalgia kicked in big time today as my youngest niece and I moseyed our way down…

Sugarloaf Peak, Whistle Lake and Mt. Erie hike

I had the day to myself today, so I figured I’d take the opportunity to go on an adventure. Checked the WTA site and Whistle Lake caught my eye. After some research and checking trail reports I decided it would be wise to print a map. Good thing! You definitely need one to navigate this…

Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve

The late Bob Heirman has been a local hero of mine since I first met him in the 9th grade. He came to my school to talk about his book Snohomish My Beloved County: an Anglers Anthology. His passion for hiking, fishing and trains struck a cord in my soul. I had to see everything…

Fragrance Lake hike

While the year is young and winter has only but begun, we’re left with these lower elevation hikes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because no matter how terrible the weather here in the PNW we will still have options. Places to go into the wilderness and leave our mundane, pencil pushing lives behind. This…

Lake 22 in the snow

Here is a hike I’ve always turned my nose at because it seems everybody and their mother has done it. That was pretty poor judgment on my part. Turns out there’s a reason this gem of a lake is so popular. Making this a winter hike rather than a summer hike definitely made the crowds…

Mount Si and I might as well introduce Tom…

World, the picture above is my crazy, highly inappropriate, awesome cousin, Tom. We’ve been hiking and adventuring together since we were kids. You’re gonna see that face (that only a mother could love 😆) quite a bit on this blog. Sorry-not-sorry. That’s because he’s a great hiker, friend, source of humor and he has ALL…

First adventure of 2018

Well, here it goes… my first EVER blog post! I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I do know that I’m going to enjoy sharing my zany adventures and having a mutual project with my oldest sister, Lani. She’ll be glad she wasn’t on today’s adventure, as it was a bit of a flop….