Urban Adventures: Downtown Park

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Last week we had time to spend in Bellevue, Washington while Kirk had business to do. I had seen Downtown Park signs before, but had no idea what was hidden there. In the center of the city, surrounded by high rises and the near constant construction (Bellevue is growing constantly), is the 21 acre park […]

Ancient Trees and Snakes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]