Imagine stepping into a world where you travel down the river by boat, at the mercy of currents and rapids, where the only light at night is by fire and leaving written communication required hours of complex chiseling of pictures. That’s what we stumbled upon when we went out in search of Buffalo Eddy, a historical site of special significance for the Nez Pearce tribe. Continue reading
Izzy the Camel: Waitsburg, Washington
While cruising the Palouse hills from Walla Walla through small town Waitsburg this weekend, I saw a bizarre creature on the side of the road and needed to stop immediately to check it out. When we pulled over, we were lucky enough to get to meet a camel! Continue reading
Cycling Through Wine Country [Walla Walla, Washington]
We woke before sunrise and enjoyed the soft pink skies rising above us we got ready to head to Walla Walla for some biking and wine tasting. After squishing our bikes in the car, we blasted, heading on a trip to enjoy wine country. Continue reading
Catching Crawfish [Elma, Washington]
A rolling river in Elma is one of my favorite places to try and catch crawfish! Though we’ve never been the most successful since the river’s pretty small, the whole experience is fun and unique. It’s exciting and hopeful to put the trap in the water, armed with hamburgers and pieces of meat for bait. (We like to feed our crawfish well!) Continue reading
Foxgloves in Elma, Washington
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
Best of the US: Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend, Washington
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