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A Quiet Thanksgiving Hike to Franklin Falls

A Quiet Thanksgiving Hike to Franklin Falls

Happy Thanksgiving (weekend) everyone! As is our new holiday tradition, we went outside to celebrate much that we are thankful for: our health, the great outdoors, and each other. Unfortunately we couldn’t have our families with us! It’s been such a hectic year, traveling around 7 different states, starting new jobs, planning a wedding, and just generally trying to have it all. Almost every moment of the year has been filled with some amount of crazy creative energy, so for this Thanksgiving, we took a quieter route for our celebration. On Wednesday, we worked from home and cooked our feast for two. We hustled around our tiny kitchen in an (almost) choreographed fashion to get everything on the table at the right time. We ate, then we rested.

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November 28, 2014 0 comments Read More
A Quick Jaunt to Evans Creek Preserve

A Quick Jaunt to Evans Creek Preserve

We had big plans for this weekend, but other obligations piled up quickly. After a filling breakfast with an old friend at The Hi-Life in Ballard, we wanted a quick afternoon jaunt somewhere new. We soon found ourselves at Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish. This is a relatively new park, created from an old farmstead a couple of years ago thanks in large part to the hard work of the Washington Trails Association. From the tiny 10-car parking lot, the trail descends to the creek and into a wide meadow. Here you can find a park map and clean restrooms. From there, you choose your own adventure and can take the loop trail through the meadow or straight into the forest. The clean, gravel trail through the meadow is immaculately groomed, as are the sturdy boardwalks and bridges. Throughout the whole loop, there are cutoff trails that cut through. You could wander around in figure eights many times here. The walk is totally charming, with lots of little streams running down the hill to the creek, so every few hundred feet you can hear the babbling water.

I don't know what Brazappa means but I like it

I don't know what Brazappa means but I like it


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Shady trail

 
Just posin'

Just posin'

 
Babblin' brook

Babblin' brook

The walk was mostly flat, with a few ups and downs in the forested section. It was pleasantly quiet and empty. On the cloudy Sunday afternoon, there were only a few other people there, mostly families with kids and dogs. After bagging a geocache and searching fruitlessly for a couple others, we were in and out of the park in about an hour (and just over two miles). For a quiet getaway nestled in the hills east of Seattle, this park is great.

Evans Creek Park Map

February 24, 2013 2 comments Read More
Dosewallips State Park

Dosewallips State Park

A weird name for a trail.

An odd name for a trail.

This President’s Day weekend took us out to one of our other favorite areas of Washington, the Olympic Peninsula! We started out our journey on the Edmonds/Kingston ferry, where we got very lucky this time and were one of the last few cars let on to the boat, so we were able to get started on this adventure fairly early. After a short 30 minute boat ride, we headed out towards one of our favorite drives, Highway 101. This highway is one of the main roads that weaves in and out of Olympic National Park and Forest areas, and therefore has some of the most beautiful vistas I’ve seen in my limited travels. Rather than our usual trek north along this road, the trail in question was about 30 minutes south.

February 18, 2013 3 comments Read More