That Time at the Goat Farm When Bird Met Kittens, Skamokawa, Washington

When finding a Harvest Hosts location, we know we cannot go wrong when there are animals involved. And the Skamokawa Farm and Creamery had ALL the animals. As we pulled up to the address we were given, we had doubts that this was where we were supposed to go. It was not until we wereContinue reading “That Time at the Goat Farm When Bird Met Kittens, Skamokawa, Washington”

Enjoying the Quiet of the Quinault Temperate Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

Growing up in school, we always learned about tropical rainforests, so I felt utterly unprepared going into my first temperate rainforest in Olympic National Park. Once we got there, I felt a little let down by our education system for leaving this incredible ecosystem out and by our language for using only “rainforest” with qualifiersContinue reading “Enjoying the Quiet of the Quinault Temperate Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington”

Hiking Above the Clouds at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington

There is nothing quite like having your own personal tour guide when you arrive at a National Park, but we had just that as we pulled into the parking lot at the Visitor’s Center in Port Angeles and met up with Will’s uncle. Jack knows these mountains like the back of his hand from yearsContinue reading “Hiking Above the Clouds at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington”

Last Minute Change of Plans, Olympia, Washington

The most important lesson we have learned over the past year is to be flexible. We cannot anticipate everything (typically the weather), and so we just have to roll with it when our plans are upended. The night before we were set to leave Leavenworth, we did our typical night-before strategizing. Since we had reservationsContinue reading “Last Minute Change of Plans, Olympia, Washington”

Saturday Morning Hike to Hidden Lake, Leavenworth, Washington

We have recently been enjoying slow, quiet mornings that lead to us not getting anywhere particularly early, so when we pulled into the Hidden Lake trailhead mid-morning on a Saturday, we were ecstatic to find we were the only ones there. As we got ready to hike, another truck pulled in, but we were stillContinue reading “Saturday Morning Hike to Hidden Lake, Leavenworth, Washington”

It’s Feeling Like Fall on the Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, Washington

As soon as we stepped on the Icicle Gorge Trail it felt like fall was in the air. Where we have recently only seen lush green with multitudes of wildflowers, we were seeing browning vegetation and smelling that distinct fall smell. After the onslaught of heat we have faced over the past few months, thatContinue reading “It’s Feeling Like Fall on the Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, Washington”

Exploring the Little Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington

We knew nothing about Leavenworth before booking our stay at the Thousand Trails campground just outside of town, but with just a quick Google search, I knew we would have no trouble finding plenty of fun things to do during our visit. Leavenworth is a Bavarian-style village in the Cascade mountains that has a veryContinue reading “Exploring the Little Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington”

Escaping the Washington Smoke on the Tubbs Hill Trail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The day after the fire broke out north of Spokane, we (not surprisingly) woke up to the absolute worst smoke we had experienced yet. It was so thick in the campground, and there was a thin layer of ash over everything. We had already planned a daytrip to Coeur d’Alene, so we packed up inContinue reading “Escaping the Washington Smoke on the Tubbs Hill Trail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho”

Sightseeing in Spokane and Watching Fires from Mount Spokane State Park, Washington

It was another scorcher as we made our way into Spokane. Our campground was situated just enough in the hills north of the city that we had some relief there, but the heat became absolutely oppressive as we made our way south. When we finally found a parking spot (it was a weekend and thereContinue reading “Sightseeing in Spokane and Watching Fires from Mount Spokane State Park, Washington”

Escaping the Heat: Part 2 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon

Since our first escape from 100+°F heat worked so well, we decided to do again, but this time, we were in Oregon. Even though Lake Wallowa was over 2 hours away from where we were staying in Pendleton, it was absolutely worth the trip. The drive there wound us through some beautiful parts of Oregon,Continue reading “Escaping the Heat: Part 2 at Wallowa Lake, Oregon”