4 Fulfilling Hikes within 1 Hour from Seattle

When you’re in the middle of the rainy season, you can’t always bring yourself to travel 2+ hours for a good hike. I get it, and I hear you. Sunny days are still few and far between, so here are four beautiful hikes to get your outside fix without spending the whole day in transit. They have great views, moderate elevation, and are perfect for … Continue reading 4 Fulfilling Hikes within 1 Hour from Seattle

Seattle’s Seafair: 2016 Schedule and the Best Ways to Enjoy the Show

Seafair very much means Seattle summer is in full effect (#SeafairIsSummer), and the entire festival is hard to sum up because it entails community events, movie night and other gatherings all summer long. However, it’s culminating this weekend! Enjoy the most anticipated weekend in Seattle like a true Seattlite. Continue reading Seattle’s Seafair: 2016 Schedule and the Best Ways to Enjoy the Show

Springtime in the Hoh Rainforest

Living in Seattle means I don’t often get over the Olympic Mountains. For whatever reason the stars aligned this spring and I not only did my first solo hike in the Olympics, but I also went on a killer camping trip to the Hoh Rainforest. We hiked the Hoh River Trail to the Happy Four Shelter campsite, about 6 miles, to spend the night sleeping … Continue reading Springtime in the Hoh Rainforest

Feel Like Royalty on Mount Storm King in Olympic National Park

It took approximately 7 months to make it across the Sound and over to the Olympic Mountains. Too long, but Mount Storm King made for an incredibly scenic and ass-kicking first hike in Olympic National Park. I’d recommend this short, 2,000 ft stairmaster to anyone looking for regal views, mildly sweaty palms and buns of steel. Go on a windy day and you will absolutely feel like a king (or queen) upon it’s summit, and you might just be the only one up there. Continue reading Feel Like Royalty on Mount Storm King in Olympic National Park

Fairytale Hike on Heather Lake Trail

This popular hike is classified in many places as a child-friendly hike, but the big steps, fallen tree hazards, and steep inclines put this in the “adult” category for me. It’s muddy, rocky and wet, so lush vegetation abounds. On a sunny day, like the one we had, the afternoon light will hit just right through the trees and give you a whimsical sense of being in a fairyland. The diverse trail and large lake at the end make it understandable why this hike is a favorite for many. Continue reading Fairytale Hike on Heather Lake Trail

Tiptoeing Through the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Spring is early! And you don’t see anyone in the evergreen state complaining. April 1st marks the beginning of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. A month-long event in northern Washington’s Skagit Valley, where agriculture is the #1 industry and the “Tulip Route” is permanently posted along the highways. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, if only once every few years due to the crowds. Continue reading Tiptoeing Through the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Powder Days in Washington State

As home to a mountain that claims the most snowfall of any mountain in the United States, Washington is a world-class ski and snowboard destination. Often overlooked to Colorado or Utah because of it’s distant location, Washington has some serious snow that simply can’t be beat. The fantastic snow season this year means there is no reason not to get out to the slopes and find some fresh powderand it’s not too late! Washington state has plenty of places to ride the lift, but here’s the low down on my top three: Mount Baker Ski Area, Crystal Mountain Resort, and Steven’s Pass. Continue reading Powder Days in Washington State

Washington Snowshoeing for Beginners

This is more a less a how-to on snowshoeing in Washington. I’ve gone once, so I’m claiming to be an expert like the rest of the internet. In all seriousness though, snowshoeing is easy! Easier than you think. It’s quick to learn, fun, and accessible for just about anyone in any snowy place. I had a great time renting snowshoes and taking to the powder for a few hours this month in Snoqualamie at Gold Creek Pond. Here’s how I did it, what I learned, and the advice I’d give to other newbies. Continue reading Washington Snowshoeing for Beginners

A Snowy Attempt at New Mailbox Peak

As you can guess by the title we didn’t make it to the top, where sits a colorful mailbox full of hiking treasures. We could blame it on the weather, but really we were ill prepared and misguided. The New Mailbox Peak Hiking Trail isn’t a walk in the park, but the views we did see left an impression that will have us returning for a true ascent soon. Grab your crampons and buckle up for some serious adventure. Continue reading A Snowy Attempt at New Mailbox Peak