Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Washington'

Chuckanut Drive and Harvest in the Skagit

September has been a very wet month. Normally the weather slowly drops off after Labor Day but this year we have had several significant downpours. Heavy rains are unusual for this area but we have had about 5 days...

Wild Horse Windfarm

One of our favorite day trips in the spring is to go to Eastern Washington to view the wildflowers. I was searching on this blog to see my previous posts and I found that I haven't blogged that often about...

Big Ditch - Skagit County

I was in junior high school during the summer of love. I was just young enough to be intrigued by the events but yet old enough to know what was happening. My mother used to drive my school friends...

A day with the Snowy Owls - Damon Point

February 3, 2013 We always love a good treasure hunt be it searching for wildflowers or birdwatching. Last year was irruption year - a year where the food sources become low and the young snowy owls fly south in...

Ocean Shores Sunset

February 1-2, 2013 After visiting the light house in Westport, we started the drive back around the bay. We debated where and if to east. We looked for the Westport Brewing but missed it (it is behind the Shell...

Westport

February 1, 2013 It was a late start as expected. We hit the road around 10am. The clouds were starting to break up and it looked like the weather gods were on our side. The first part of the...

Washington Coast

The winters in Washington can drag on you. The days are short and gray broken by sprinkles. Walks can help but I needed to get away. We have not been to the coast in years. Our last trip was...

Ocean Shores

We're heading for the coast - the Washington coast that is. Our coast is not as scenic as Oregon or California. It is rather rough and very industrial. It is a working coast. We are spending an early weekend...

2012 Anniversary Hike at Mt Rainier

September 2, 2012 I have to remember not to do our anniversary hike during Labor Day Weekend. This is the second year in a row that we have traveled up to Rainier to do our annual hike to celebrate...

More Palouse Country - Day 3 of Eastern Washington Road trip

It was time for the long drive back to the Puget Sound. I wanted to see more of the Palouse so we decided to loop through the Palouse Scenic Byway . And it would give us a chance to...

Mt Misery Ridge Trail #3113

No sound - nothing but the bright sunshine in the morning. We were up and about shortly after 7am. Time for coffee. Starbucks Via is the best thing that has happened to camping. A couple of cups and a...

Misery Spring Campground - Eastern Washington Roadtrip

Vista from Ridge near Misery Springs Road 40 climbed steadily up heading south towards the Oregon border. It was wide and rather smooth for a dirt road. The traffic was light and everyone was heading home for Sunday evening....

Drive to Pomeroy - Day 1 of Eastern Washington Road Trip

400 miles is a long way to drive. G is very good at organizing. He got the camping gear all staged and ready to go so it was easy to load most of it up when he got home...

Roadtrip to Southeastern Washington

Dry Farmland of the Palouse in Eastern Washington This has been a pretty uneventful summer. We ended up not planting a vegetable garden other than a couple of pots of tomatoes. The local farmers are happy since I’ve been...

Guillemot Cove

Sepia toned Hood Canal from Guillemot Cove We made another trip across the sound this weekend. Our main goal was to visit Bloedel Gardens. Once a year they have their annual plant sale and it is a perfect time...

Dungeness NWR

Olympic Range from Dungeness Spit Spring is continuing to drag its feet even though we are already into April. Today is Easter and although it has been nice, today is overcast with a chance of some sun. That is...

Esmeralda Basin

August 7, 2011 It was time for another trip to the Teanaway area. Earlier in the year, we did the Teanaway Ridge on eastern side off of Blewett Pass but it was time to make another trip up the...

Meeks Table

It was still lightly sprinkling after we broke camp and headed East. We were uncertain if if it was going to continue to rain or if we were going to be lucky and the rain would stop. We quickly...

Camping at Pleasant Valley - Chinook Pass

We have been having a terrible cool summer. Some people love it and others are getting grumpy wanting heat. Traditionally the last two weeks in July are always sunny and hot. Chance of rain is really low so I...

Iron Bear Creek - Teanaway Ridge

June 27, 2011 I'm a little behind in my blog posting. I've been enjoying taking pictures but I just can't seem to get them processed and posted. But I'll try. Teanaway is area on the East side of the...

Fort Worden

After our tasty lunch and sightseeing in downtown Port Townsend, we headed to Fort Worden State Park. Located at the tip of the Peninsula and the entry to the Puget Sound, Fort Worden was built in 1902 as part...

Port Townsend

Jefferson County Courthouse in Victorian Port Townsend, Washington It has been ages since we went to the Olympic Peninsula. I have a love-hate relationship with the trip. It always start out great with a ferry ride to Kingston from...

Wallace Falls

We wanted to get out on the trail but didn't really want to go very far. Wallace Falls is a state park just outside of the town of Gold Bar on the way to Stevens Pass. It took about...

Water and Beer - Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie Falls I had MLK day off of work so we decided to do a hike. The weather forecast was so-so. We have been in a 'Pineapple Express" weather pattern - warm and wet. This leads to flooding along...

Photohunt: Circle

Circles formed by the interior of the dome at the Washington State Capital in Olympia This week's photohunt theme is circle. I did not have any idea what I wanted to post so it was definitely a hunt. I...

Reflection Lakes Loop

It was another couple of glorious fall days this week. I don't know how long it is going to last. The forecast is for a significant storm approaching and due to arrive on Sunday. Freezing down to 5,000ft; Torrential...

Longs Pass

Mt. Stuart from Longs Pass The forecast was for another set of sunny days. Perfect opportunity for another fall hike. Our hiking buddies are off on Monday so we gave them a call and they wanted to come. Hmm......

Photohunt: Stripes

Road Stripes along the way to Mt. St Helens This week's Photohunt theme is stripes. Another challenging theme. I was thinking about it today and came up with some pretty boring ideas. I was out driving and then the...

Lake Valhalla

Have you experienced a perfect Fall day? Sky brilliant blue, breeze soft and warm, colors aglow in a golden flame? Finding a perfect day to hike is always difficult in the Fall in the Pacific Northwest. The weather changes...

Burroughs Mountain Anniversary Hike

I have been looking forward to our Anniversary hike at Mount Rainier. The weather has been so unpredictable this year. The weather was rainy on our Anniversary. Of course, the sun came out on the days when G had...

Iron Peak - Face to Face with Mr. Billy

Iron Peak is one of our favorite hikes. We did it last year in late June. Our friend wanted to go hiking in the Teanaway and suggested that we do Iron Peak. It would be a good time especially...

Photohunt: Triangle

Seattle Space Needle This week's photohunt theme is triangle. I did not have an idea of what I was going to use this week but when I went hunting, I realized that triangles showed up prominently in Seattle. So...

Driving the backroad - FS5900 Entiat to Chelan

Wildflowers amid the destruction On the way in to our campground, we saw the sign for FS5900. We looked at the map and it looked very interesting. It was 31 miles to Lake Chelan shoreline at 25 Mile Creek....

Silver Falls - Entiat

We have taken a likin' to camping and we went again this weekend. The weather has been good so I was hoping to go to the coast. We had two places in mind. One was close to Forks -...

Reecer Creek - Red, White and Blue

The forecast for the 4th of July was gray and damp as expected. The Cascades were providing a rain shadow for Eastern Washington so we packed up the car and headed east again for some sun and flowers. We...

Taneum

Back around 2004, G and I started making an annual pilgrimage to the Taneum area to view the camas and other wildflower fields. Usually we would go mid-May and if it weather wasn't too hot we would find some...

Ebey's Landing

Vista from bluff above Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island We went camping on Memorial Day and stopped at Ebey's Landing on the way. I had heard about the unique flowers that could be found on the bluffs and wanted...

Return to Camping

I started camping in high school. My family only took vacation to visit relatives and the most adventurous thing we ever did was go horseback riding. One of my high school teachers also taught in Outward Bound and started...

South Puget Sound Prairies

Prairie is not a place you imagine of when you think of Washington state or the Puget Sound area. But prairie grasslands were an intrinsic part of native American food sources. These rolling grasslands were scattered throughout the sound...

Hulda Klager Lilac Garden

I came across this video today from the Portland Oregonian on the lilac garden I mentioned earlier. Take a video tour of the garden and some tips on growing lilacs. A video visit to Hulda Klager Lilac Garden plus tips...

Mt. St Helens

This is the 30th year anniversary of the eruption of Mt St Helens. Here is a picture from 2003. I hope to make a trip to the same area this year to see how it has changed....

Umtanum Creek Falls

We decided to drive over to Ellensburg in Central Washington and see what was in bloom. Ellensburg is about 125 miles east of Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. It is farm oriented town with many cattle and hay farms. Central...

Spring in the Skagit Valley

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time there was few daffodils in bloom in the Skagit Valley. I have posted several times about birding or the tulips. Last year everything was two weeks behind and...

Tiger Mountain Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Overlooking Bellevue and Lake Sammamish What glorious weather we are having for February! Brilliant sunshine and temperatures almost to 60 degrees. Perfect weather for a winter hike. Tiger Mountain is just east of Issaquah. It encompasses more than 70...

Photohunt: Spotted

Ladybugs - Spring in the Coulees This week's Photohunt theme is Spotted. I had a couple of ideas for this but nothing inspiring. So I turned to google and checked out what other images came up for spotted. Okay......

Birdwatching in the Skagit Valley

Trumpter Swans Do you ever have one of those serendipitous days where you decide to visit an area but you don't have any specific plans and the day ends up magical? We had one of those days on Monday. We...

Photohunt: Technology

Wild Horse Wind Farm This week's Photohunt theme is Technology. Yes, I know - at first glance - it is not obvious. But look closer, this is a wind farm. These are the wind turbines in Eastern Washington which...

Photohunt: Birds

Snow Geese on Fir Island in Skagit Valley This week's Photohunt theme is Bird(s). I knew right off what photos I would be using. Just north of Seattle is the fertile delta of the Skagit River. Every winter from...

Boulder River

A friend call last week and asked if we wanted to go hiking on Sunday. Sure! I had read several good reports about Boulder River,. a low elevation hike near Darrington. It starts at about 1,000ft and only gains...

Blue Lake Trail - North Cascades

One of the Fall joys in the Northwest is the opportunity to see the beautiful sub-alpine larch trees turn brilliant gold. If you are lucky, you can catch them on a crisp clear day where the gold blazes against...

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

Before we bought our current house in Edmonds, we used to live on the edge of Innis Arden. The history of Innis Arden neighborhood is very interesting. In 1925, William Boeing (yes, the plane builder) bought up much of...

Naches Peak Loop Trail - Mt. Rainier

Our anniversary is in early September. We try to go every year to Sunrise at Mt. Rainier for a late afternoon hike. We take along a picnic and have dinner while watching the sun set. The idea came from...

Palouse

Steptoe Butte Vista South of Spokane is an area of broad rolling hills and prairies called the Palouse. The area was settled in the 1880 when experiments in dryland farming were successful. By the beginning of the 1900's, all...

Columbia Basin Drive

Highway 2 to Spokane Rocky shores, volcanoes, inland marine waterways, desert, rain forests and a mighty river - Washington state has it all. I am still amazed at the different diverse regions. The spine of the volcanic Cascade range separates...

Railroad history along Iron Goat Trail

Like most of the west, the railroad has played a large part in the settling of Washington. The two main access points to the Puget Sound area are across Snoqualmie/Stampede Pass and Stevens Pass. Rail came earlier to Stampede...

Iron Peak - Teanaway Country

I heard that the trails in the Teanaway basin were open. The warm weather has opened the eastern slopes of the cascades earlier than last year even with our heavy snow fall. We decided to go to Iron Peak,...

Lake 22

Twenty Two Creek Last Monday, the weather had cooled off but it was still warm. No rain was forecast so we decided to take advantage of the weather to go hiking. We decided to go to Lake 22 which...

Little Si

The weather has been gorgeous. We have had one of the best month of May in a long time. June is starting out well also. Yesterday it got to almost 80 degrees. Today in the mid-70's. Our friend wanted...

A day in the tulips

Tulips in Skagit Valley Washington One of the highlights of spring here in the Pacific Northwest is the daffodil and tulip blooms in Skagit Valley. Skagit Valley is a fertile delta of the Skagit River which is located about...

Rattlesnake Ledge

We really needed to get out and get some fresh air. We're had a temperature inversion here in the Seattle area. It has been foggy and nasty every day this week. We decided to head up to Rattlesnake Ledge...

Snoqualmie Falls

November and December are the months where we get torrential rains. We call them Pineapple Express. The jet stream drops down and picks up the warm tropical weather from Hawaii and then swings up and crosses over Washington. The...

Olympic National Park - Obstruction Point

Mt Olympus from Obstruction Point - Olympic National Park The weather has been gorgeous. I don't remember a better September. It almost makes up for the cold unpredictable summer. We realized we had not been over to Hurricane Ridge...

Burroughs Mountain

Mount Rainier from Third Burroughs Mountain Our anniversary was this weekend. I missed celebrating it last year when I was in France. We have an unusual way of celebrating. We go for a hike. Our favorite place to go...

Leadbetter State Park

The sun woke us by peaking in the skylight. A sunny day. Whoo Hooo! We planned on hiking so it would be a perfect day. I've found out that Cape Disappointment is one of the foggiest places in the...

Beverly Turnpike

Teanaway Valley is a hikers paradise. The river runs from Mt. Stuart along the eastern slope of the Cascades near Cle Elum. It also a very unique botanical area due to the serpentine soil in the area. The plants...

Tragedy on Sauk Mountain

Just last week, we hiked Sauk Mountain. The day was overcast but the flowers were great. It was not remote trail. It is located just off of Hwy 20 near Rockport. Out in the country but not the remote wilderness....

Sauk Mountain

Plans were made early in the week to go to Sauk Mountain. It is known for the spring wildflower blooms and views. Mid-late July is perfect time to visit to catch a gorgeous hill side filled with color. We...

Seattle Viewpoints - Kerry and Marshall Park

Seattle Vista from Kerry Park The best view of Seattle in my opinion is from Kerry Park. This viewpoint is located on the west slope of Queen Anne just north of downtown. The Queen Anne neighborhood is one of...

Seattle Neighborhood - Fremont

I went to lunch with my friend E today. We've been going to lunch once a week for the past few months after I found out that I was going to be laid off. I'm trying to continue getting...

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Another great place to visit on a cloudy cool day is the Volunteer Park Conservatory. You are transported to a tropical jungle as you walk through the doors. There are 5 green houses varying in temperature and humidity to...

Discovery Park

Gloomy June! That was the headline of the Seattle Times this weekend. June is always an changeable unpredictable month here in Seattle. It is a time of transition. Some years it is mild and the temperatures steadily increase up to...

Snow Geese in the Skagit

What a wonderful day! After a long stretch of cold dark damp gray days, we finally got a sunny break. G and I talked about getting out. We've had cabin fever stuck in the house. The forecast was for a...

Bandera Mountain

I haven't been motivated to get on the trail much this year. I need to get out more. G is making a point of getting me on the trail in preparation for France. Two weeks ago we went up...

Ancient Lakes

There is something mysterious and inspiring visiting the majestic coulees of Central Washington. One moment you are driving through the fields of the potato heartland of the Northwest. Green stretching to the horizon with pipes shaped as spiral dragons delivering...