Cape Disappointment State Park Washington

Cape Disappointment State Park is a treasure of a park in the southwest corner of Washington state, bordered on the south by the Columbia River, to the west by the Pacific Ocean, and to the east by a shallow bay. It is all about water, waves, views, forested trails, lighthouses, and Lewis & Clark history.

This time we especially checked out new hiking trails, including the short trail to Beards […]

July 4, 2015|

Horseback riding near Leavenworth

For a little bit of urban cowboy fun for an afternoon, I went on a horseback ride through forest trails along Icicle Creek. The corral, horses, and crew are located just a few miles south of the faux Bavarian tourist town of Leavenworth in the Cascade Mountains.

We hooked up with Icicle Outfitters for our steeds and ride. After some initial matching between riders and horses plus […]

June 17, 2015|

Lake Hancock in Greenbank on Whidbey Island

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust led a special tour for its members through the Navy-owned Lake Hancock estuary in Greenbank on Whidbey Island.

Lake Hancock was previously a fresh water lake until the sand dune berm between it and Puget Sound was broken through in a big storm back in the 1920s or 1930s. The area was used by the Navy as a practice bombing range (without live munitions) […]

June 13, 2015|

The Alamo in San Antonio Texas

The Alamo is the classic source of Texan pride and independence. It memorializes men who fought long and hard against high odds, but didn’t give up. It’s a shrine of sorts now, full of history, architecture, and stories. And it is right in the middle of a bustling modern city.

June 7, 2015|

San Antonio River Walk

The River Walk of San Antonio is a marvel of government foresight, commercial cooperation, targeted tourism, and making a positive out of a negative. They took a “build it and they will come” gamble, and it paid off.

The River Walk follows a well planned and developed set of walking trails that hug both sides of the San Antonio River and its side canals. Originally formed to handle nature’s […]

June 7, 2015|

Point Robinson Lighthouse and Keepers’ Quarters on Maury Island by Vashon Island

The Point Robinson Lighthouse is a great getaway that is close to Seattle yet on the quiet, rural island of Maury Island, connected to Vashon Island. In addition to views, beach walks, and history, the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters are available to rent and enjoy the waterfront experience more fully.

After taking one of the two public ferries to Vashon Island (connecting from the south or north ends to the mainland), […]

May 25, 2015|

Smash Putt indoors adult miniature golf in Seattle

Smash Putt is a somewhat unusual creation that rises every year or so in an empty warehouse space somewhere around Seattle. Each new incarnation includes prior favorites mixed with newly creative holes. Unlike regular miniature golf, Smash Putt has wacky indoor obstacles that raise the bar and generally end in destruction of your golf ball by the end. Drinks and rockin’ music are of course available. […]

May 22, 2015|