What are you up to this weekend? Going to the forest this weekend is FREE!
Celebrating the great outdoors is a great option since this Saturday, June 11th is National Get Outdoors Day. In honor of the event, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at day-use recreation sites in Washington and Oregon. Continue reading
Eastern Washington has wide open spaces, rolling hills and views for hundreds of miles. While some see an area with little life, I see an alien landscape that it hauntingly beautiful. There’s something humbling about viewing wide open spaces that at the same time, makes you feel larger than life. These great hikes help you to see Eastern Washington in all its glory. Continue reading
I recently enjoyed a restorative weekend camping near the Washington coast in Elma. Gazing up at the stars from the vast wildness expanse of Western WA is one of my favorite summer pastimes but since moving to Pullman, the 6+ hour drive isn’t something we can readily do each weekend. Instead, it made this trip much more special. Continue reading
Have you ever been hiking and noticed interesting formations out of rocks, sticks and leaves? They aren’t random, nor the mark of the elusive Bigfoot (although they could be if you hike near the Blue Mountains.) They are actually trail signs left by other hikers and park rangers that are meant to alert you of interesting sights on the trail, danger areas or directions. Here is an overview of 3 main ones and their meanings. Continue reading
Friends, family, work life and hobbies take up a lot of our time. But many people often forget to take some time for themselves. One of the best things to do to reconnect to your true self is to reconnect with nature. Taking a walk through one of the U.S.’s 154 national forests will recharge the you in you. Continue reading
I could feel the wet moisture in the air as we walked through the basin of the waterfall. I love that you can still feel the wind current of what used to be water in waves in a prehistoric riverbed. Palouse Falls is a special and ancient waterfall that is one of the biggest in the state of Washington. You’d never know it since it’s tucked into a deep canyon and hidden away behind farmland. Continue reading
North Fork River isn’t far from Portland, Oregon, but you’d think you’ve stepped into a different world. Miles away from the bustling city, the river is quiet and serene.
This stretch of water in the middle of the Willamette River is officially named North Fork Middle Fork Willamette River. Located an hour or so outside of Portland, this marked the scene of my first ever fishing trip! Continue reading
Rattlesnake Ridge and Rattlesnake Lake are part of the Cedar River Municipal Watershed just east of Seattle, Washington. Growing up with this beautiful natural spot in my backyard was quite a treat. The Ridge provides an excellent hike with incredible panoramic views including a picturesque mountaintop boulder to sit and rest mid-hike.
Rattlesnake Ridge gets its name from the shape of the mountain. If you look at Rattlesnake Ridge from the side, it looks like a long curvature of a snake squiggling across the horizon. If you want, the Ridge provides a hike all along the ridge, a longer hike that definitely will take the full day. The more popular hike is about 1 1/2 and isn’t too steep or hard. It is very popular, especially on weekends, so go early! Continue reading
My woodsy paradise is located just two hours away from each Seattle and Portland. Elma, Washington is a sleepy, small town.We get to go camping there by the river just about as often as we can.
Once we drive through the gate and down the overgrown trails to the campsite, I am overwhelmed with the beauty and silence of the forest. Every time I go here I feel like my heart has been begging for the stillness and peace that you can’t find near a city. Continue reading