Port Ludlow Marina boat rentals

The Port Ludlow Marina is well situated for fun exploring of the shorelines north of Hood Canal by the Olympic Peninsula. You can have rentals of small skiff power boats, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks to suit your fancy, and top it off with food at a good local cafe.

By renting a skiff power boat, a wide range of possibilities opens up. Within a couple hour tour, […]

June 19, 2016|

Kayak and Paddle Board on Deception Pass State Park’s Cranberry Lake

Cranberry Lake is a serene and protected lake in Washington state’s most visited state park, Deception Pass. The fresh water lake is extremely convenient to many non-lake activities that are all within a stone’s throw: campground, saltwater beach, and easy pull-up road access.

There are no gas-motorized boats allowed on Cranberry Lake. So it is relatively quiet and there are no boat wakes to deal with. It is […]

June 12, 2016|

Kayaking east of Coupeville in Saratoga Passage

The Whidbey Island coast is beautiful on the southeast side of Coupeville in Saratoga Passage. It is heavily forested with few homes visible, especially when hugging close to shore. Views span up and down the passage, over to Camano Island, and out to Mt Baker.

Kayaking Saratoga Passage by Whidbey Island Seabluff Terrace Kayaking by Whidbey Island Seabluff […]

June 5, 2016|

Fort Casey Army Coastal Defense Buildings in Naas Natural Area Preserve in Coupeville

The Naas Natural Area Preserve in Coupeville on Whidbey Island is a beautiful mix of forest and prairie on high bluffs above Puget Sound. A loop trail meanders out and back, and connects to the Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve to the south with the main remaining fortifications of Fort Casey beyond that. Both the Naas and Admiralty Inlet Preserves were purchased and protected through the local efforts […]

June 4, 2016|

Fort Ebey State Park paragliding

Fort Ebey State Park is a wonderful place full of hiking and mountain biking trails, campground, and some of the most beautiful views in the Northwest. It looks out into Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, across to the Olympic Mountains, Vancouver Island, and the San Juan Islands.

On pretty days with strong steady breezes, it is also a great spot for watching paragliders. The open […]

May 29, 2016|

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival near Mt Vernon

The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival draws many thousands of tourists to its colorful fields every year. Located an hour north of Seattle in the rich farming soils of the Skagit Valley near Mt Vernon, it offers a kaleidoscope of shapes and textures across the many farms that participate. Visiting mid-week can be advisable, since weekend crowds can get unwieldy. It is worth a fun stop, especially […]

March 27, 2016|

Cross-country Skiing White Salmon Road 3075 near Mt Baker

White Salmon Road 3075 is a pleasant, couple mile long, out-and-back cross-country / Nordic skiing trail in the Mt Baker area. It is noteworthy for its great views of Mt Shuksan and its fairly gradual terrain (except for the very end).

The parking lot is a bit tight and on a sloped surface, so you may need some careful jockeying in slippery conditions. But once on the snow-covered road, […]

March 26, 2016|