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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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….