Spanel Planetarium in Bellingham

Sick of the rain?  Getting out doesn’t always have to be going out doors.  Last weekend we took our niece to the Spanel Planetarium located on Western Washington University’s campus.  The Planetarium is located in the library, but don’t forget to stop at the PAC before hand to purchase your tickets. Planetarium shows are on…

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Cap Sante

Cap Sante in Anacortes offers scenic panoramic views of Fidalgo Bay and the Cascade Mountains. We found this gem on a rare Pacific Northwest sunny winter day. We had stopped for lunch in Anacortes at the Brown Lantern Tavern. Our waiter recommended we take a walk to Cap Sante. He gave us some directions and…

Ocean Shores

This small Washington beach town has six miles of sandy Pacific Ocean beach. One of the unique things about this beach is that you can drive on it. Do take care though, every time I have visited Ocean Shores I have watched at least one vehicle get pulled from the soft sand. If you pass…

Nordic Museum

This PNW Adventure Sister is going to Iceland in the spring. In preparations for this epic trip I decided to visit the Nordic Museum in Ballard, Wa. This brand new facility houses art, history, and cultural artifacts from the Nordic Countries. The museum covers the Nordic countries of: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The…

Dry Falls

Dry Falls is located near Soap Lake in the Columbia Basin. These once massive waterfalls were created about a million years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch. This was a period of cooling and great ice sheets and glaciers were formed across the Eastern Washington. The ice grew to be over a mile thick. As the…

Lake Lenore Caves

The Lake Lenore Caves are located just outside of Soap Lake in Washington. These caves were formed around 12,000 years ago. They were created by the melting and freezing of water. These conditions gradually wore away the basalts that made up the canyon walls and left what can be seen to be shallow caves high…

Thornton A. Sullivan Park

This park is located on Silver Lake in Everett. It’s right next to Camp Patterson which offers some fun summer day camps for kids. The Park has a dock, picnic shelters, swimming area, showers, a playground, and an outdoor ping pong table. It’s a great place for summertime hang outs and BBQs. The history behind…

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park is located in Seattle. The Park has an award winning Environmental Learning Center that offers a variety of nature programs. You can find the learning center near the park entrance. You will also find a beautiful flower garden there. If you are a bird watcher check out this informational brochure before you visit….

Paulina Falls

Paulina Falls located in La Pine, Oregon can be a quick stop to look at some beautiful falls or a longer stroll along Paulina Creek. The Falls themselves are about 60 feet in height. The Creek forks right before the falls making them a double falls. These Falls are part of the Newberry National Volcanic…

Drake Park

While we were on a recent trip to Eastern Oregon we stayed in Bend, Oregon. This town is a great place to stop and play or just relax. The town has some great shopping and dining. You will find some fantastic breweries. While staying in Bend we discovered Drake Park. The Park is located on…

James Cant Ranch

The James and Elizabeth Cant began ranching on this riverside farm in 1910. The Cants were Scottish immigrants. Elizabeth’s cup and saucer brought from her homeland sit on display in the farmhouse. This treasured cup and saucer from the homeland must have brought great comfort to Elizabeth. I have to think that the John Day…