Weekend Wander: Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

We set out for a long weekend wander through our extended backyard last weekend, with no set plans other than to explore a region of our state we've haven't spent nearly enough time in — the Olympic Peninsula. Home to a national park, miles of rugged coastline, forests, lakes, waterfalls, and enough hiking trails to …

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Repeat our Trip: 27 hours in Roslyn, Washington

My husband and I took a spontaneous get-away this week to Roslyn, Washington, a small and historic town (pop. 1,015) 80 miles east of Washington in the Cascade Mountains. This former coal mining town, perhaps better know these days as the setting for the popular 1990s TV show Northern Exposure, is on the National Historic Register. While we …

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Slowing down on I-90: Between Ellensburg and Spokane

Ask any Seattleite who’s driven the long stretch of Interstate 90 between Ellensburg and Spokane if there’s anything interesting to see on the way from one to the other and I’ll bet they say no. There’s nothing but sage brush and farmlands, they’ll tell you. And maybe the oasis town of Moses Lake, which is a …

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Seattle Summer Adventures: Mount Rainier

"The mountain is out." That's what we say in Seattle on beautiful days when the skies are so clear we can see all the way to Mount Rainier, our volcanic neighbor 50 miles to the southeast. At 14,411 feet, it's an awesome sight that still wows me as much today as it did when I …

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Seattle’s Gum Wall: In Vivid Color

(WordPress weekly photo challenge, Vivid) Hang out — if you can stomach it — at Seattle's popular "Gum Wall" for awhile during tourist season and you'll hear one word more than any other when people see this colorful and germy spectacle for the first time. "Ewww!" Nearly everyone who rounds the corner into this alley beneath the city's iconic Pike Place Market …

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Seattle’s Capitol Hill with Teens, part one

We’ve traveled to plenty of far-away places with our kids, but there’s still much we haven’t seen in our own backyards. We've resolved to remedy this in 2015 and we started on a glorious 64-degree sunny day in late January. Sunny and 64 in January? In Seattle? No, this was not normal. It’s hardly normal …

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