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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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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…

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…

Miner’s Corner County Park – An Inclusive Playplace

Miner’s Corner County Park is a unique park in Bothell that was built just a few years ago. We visited on a very rainy day, so we had the park to ourselves. This play place was designed to allow children of all mobility to utilize the playground and surrounding areas. The play equipment includes a…

Tea and Crumpets at Country Village

While waiting for a baby sister to be born, my niece and I had a tea party adventure.  It was not only a great rainy day activity it was a good opportunity to wear a fancy dress and have a real tea party, without the mess. Village Eatery Tea Company did all the work. We…

Castle Playground Adventure – Snohomish County

I was babysitting today and decided to take my sweet little niece on a fairytale adventure.  With a quick google search we were off on our quest. I found two fairytale playgrounds at local schools Cascade Elementary in Marysville and Mt. Pilchuck Elementary in Lake Stevens. On a quest to be a super Auntie I…

2018 Women’s March 2.0 – Seattle

This adventure took us to the Seattle Women’s March. This is my second year of attending this march. Both years I found myself in crowds of people that were all there to help one another. Whether you lean left or right it is important to exercise your right to peaceful protest. Be engaged, vote, use…

Ballard Locks

Who doesn’t love tug boats? This adventure is perfect for kids.  You can find everything from giant tug boats to elegant sail boats passing through the locks. Watch a ship as large as 760 feet long or a boat as small as a canoe pass through the Locks. Officially known as the Hiram M. Chittenden…

Escape to Mexico

We did an October cruise of the Mexican Rivera aboard the Grand Princess.  This was our first “real” cruising experience.  We embarked and disembarked in San Francisco.  The day of our voyage just happened to coincide with fleet week so we had a front row seat to the airshow and it could not have been…

Fremont Urban Adventure

I’m probably the only person in this area who hasn’t done this adventure, but I decided to play tourist this week and spend some time in Fremont. To be honest I’ve never stopped in Fremont. I found that the easiest place to park to see it all is in the Brooks parking garage.  It was…

Melmont Ghost Town

Melmont was a coal mining town established in 1900 near Mount Rainier.  It flourished for a short period of time and disappeared completely in the 1920s.  The demise of the town was due to a decline in coal prices. I have seen a few stories online about Melmont that reference a crime that occured in…

Escape to Maui

An escape to Maui is the perfect way to beat the winter blues.  The beaches are beautiful anytime of year, but they are an especially rewarding break when your tired of being cold in the dead of winter.  If your looking for deals though, the cheapest months to travel to Maui are November and May….

Big Four Ice Caves – Winter Hike

The Big Four Ice Caves is a popular well trafficked hiking trail in the summer, but during the winter months the hike is less traveled and becomes a winter wonderland. During the winter months the Mountain Loop Highway is closed not far passed Verlot.  You can park at the gate and walk in along the…

Looking for a Pacific Northwest Ghost Town Adventure?

The Northern State Mental Institution Ghost Town will not disappoint. The park is located near Sedro Woolley, WA and is easily accessible by well-maintained trails that guide you around the many abandoned buildings that remain on the property. My sister, Liz, found this gem of a walk. The walk itself can be spooky in the…