Ancient Trees and Snakes

IMG_20150731_164522

The PNW heat wave was back. Again. Faced with that, we left on Friday morning in hopes of it being at least a few degrees cooler in the mountains. We hadn’t been to Ohanapecosh in I think two years, so we decided to stop before it got busy. The trailhead for Grove of the Patriarchs […]

Foraging on Rail to Trails

IMG_20150721_125809

A person on a local Facebook group had asked about fruit tree ID on a section of a local rail to trail, so I figured…why not go see! Got us out of the house and a hike all in one. We set off from Maple Valley (here in Washington) on the Cedar River Trail, towards […]

Night Skies at Rainier

FB_IMG_1437350876353

When you are looking for a new experience, go up high – as the sun sets. Kirk and I had talked about this for years, that we’d go do it. It was so hot down low (as non-typical summer continues on….) and we left town at 7:30 pm in 90+ temps. We made it to […]

Allergies and Hiking

20150622_130639

Disclaimer: This post is NOT medical advice, it is what works for us as a family, using advice from our son’s pediatrician and allergists doctors. Please see a medical professional for help in deciding what is right for you. When Alistaire, our now 3½ year old, was diagnosed with life threatening allergies just after he […]

Local Wanderings: Mud Mountain Dam

IMG_20150705_225311

Oddly enough it only took me 13 or so years of living here to visit Mud Mountain Dam. Why I hadn’t been before, I don’t know. It was a great stop on our way up Hwy 410, to Mount Rainier. For one, I had no idea that the dam had been put into control floods […]