08 Apr

Snow Geese

The Skagit Valley, tucked away in northwest Washington, is a magical place. Lying between the San Juan Islands and the northern Cascade Mountain Range, the valley floor flattens out like a gigantic saucer with views that take time to contemplate and appreciate. Snow capped peaks of...

26 Dec

Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls State Park lies a couple of miles off Route 2 and The Cascade Loop near the small town of Gold Bar, Washington. This is one of the premier hiking destinations on the western side of the Cascades because of its proximity to metro Seattle and the stunning...

05 Dec

Farm to Market Bakery

Bakeries are my favorite eateries. I admire a great baker. The ones that work scratch and really feel passionate about what they create. Coffee, pastries, relaxed atmosphere, and mornings among friendly strangers also draw me in. There is just something so satisfying about a great tasting...

03 Dec

Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive. From Washington State Department of Transportation: This dramatic cliff side route hugs the base of Chuckanut Mountain weaving its way through evergreen forests along the rocky shoreline of Chuckanut Bay. From the oyster beds and tidal flats of the Samish lowlands, to the historic...

26 Oct

Bow|Edison

Bow and Edison (named after Thomas Edison) are two small hamlets in the northwest Skagit Valley, a fertile farming region divided from the Olympic Peninsual by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The land that surrounds these two towns is one of my favorite places - I...

29 Jun

Artist Point

I've never met a mountain vista I didn't love but if asked which is my favorite, Artist Point comes readily to mind. Since it’s closed for much of the year because of the epic snowfall it receives annually, the anticipation for its reopening is something...

18 Jun

Nooksack Falls

Nooksack Falls, one of the most frequented waterfalls in all of the Northern Cascades, is located near Mount Baker, off Highway 542, about seven miles from Glacier. Highway 542 is a treasure trove of day trips offering several epic alpine hikes such as Skyline Divide, Hannegan Pass,...

10 Jun

Big Four Ice Caves

The Big Four Ice Caves are a popular destination for anyone who wants to find a gentle, not-too-long hike with a fantastic payoff at the end. The roundtrip distance is 2.2 miles covering a rise in elevation of 220 feet that tops out at 1938 feet. The trail...

02 May

Galbraith Mountain

Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, Washington is known as a world class mountain biking destination with over 50 miles of single-track on 3,000+ acres. There is a vast network of trails suitable for a variety of skill levels. Thanks to a large group of volunteers and...

24 Apr

Hurricane Ridge

The snowcapped Olympic Range can be observed towering into the clouds in almost any place in western Washington along the I5 corridor. The western half of the range is dominated by the highest peak in the park, Mount Olympus, which rises 7,965 feet. Due to...

10 Apr

Baker Lake

On a beautiful spring day, with fragrant new life and color bursting out of blossoming trees, plants, and shrubs and a warm ground turning deep green with mottled patches of yellows and purples, the speckled palette of the season in the Northwest, it was the perfect day for a...

03 Apr

Tulips in Skagit Valley

The tulips are here and with them the change of seasons has firmly taken hold. The winter in Northwest Washington was mild and, for the second year in a row, we again have an early spring. What it portends about the future of our climate...

28 Mar

Ancient Trees

I’ve always been fascinated by old forests. I guess it probably goes back to childhood fairy tales and of course Disney films that conjured towering tangled webs filled with dark giants, malicious vines and sharp brambles. A real forest can seem a dark and foreboding place,...

25 Mar

Tumwater Canyon, River Kayaking

One of the most popular day trips in Washington is Route 2 from Everett to Wenatchee which is part of the Cascade Loop and The North Cascades Highway further north. This section of the Loop covers about 123 miles and transits through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National...

25 Mar

The Daffodils are in Bloom

The daffodils are in bloom in Skagit Valley. Spring can't be far off as this annual turning of the seasons testifies. On a brisk  morning with wind gusts cresting 30 miles an hour we set out on a Sunday drive to see if the daffodil rumors were true....

20 Mar

Skagit Wildlife Area

The Skagit Wildlife Area contains a little over 16,700 acres of wildlife habitat which is mostly scattered throughout the western half of Skagit County. This is prime bird watching territory as is most of the Skagit Valley, a beautiful agricultural region in Northwest Washington that is...

16 Mar

Tofino

Tofino is on the outer western edge of Vancouver Island. As a sea kayaker I have long heard tales of Vancouver Island and the epic outdoor scene there, the Broken Group of islands and Johnstone Strait, both well known for kayaking and their wildlife, especially migrating orca...

07 Mar

Mount Baker Ski Area

Mount Baker Ski Area is located in northwest Washington in the North Cascades at the end of Highway 542. It’s about 54 miles from Bellingham, Washington. The drive up is smooth and well maintained. When you reach about 1500 feet the road begins to climb more...

06 Mar

Snowshoeing Heather Meadows

During the winter months, Heather Meadows is at the end of the Mount Baker Highway. During the summer it's a waypoint on the road to Artists' Point, one of North America's most stunning vistas.  Heather Meadows is a magnet for local backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowshoe...