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Winter Solstice at Cherry Creek Falls

Winter Solstice at Cherry Creek Falls

This Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, we wanted to do a short hike that was also close to home, because, well, we didn’t have much day to do it in! At 5 miles long and only 22 miles from home, Cherry Creek Falls fit the bill for this in almost every way.

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December 21, 2014 1 comment Read More
UW Quad in Bloom

UW Quad in Bloom

Springtime is here in Seattle! The weather is absolutely perfect this weekend, so, as is our new Easter tradition, we headed to the University of Washington campus quad to see the historic Yoshino cherry trees in bloom. The camera-toting crowds were out in force today, basking under the soft pink canopy of the huge trees and sunny skies. The beautiful trees bloom for 2-3 weeks each spring, and sadly, these are nearing the end of their 60-100 year lifespan. Good news, though! The university has 30 more growing at a nursery in Mt. Vernon to replace the current trees as they decline.

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March 31, 2013 40 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.

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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
Wallace Lake: An Unexpected Winter Wonderland

Wallace Lake: An Unexpected Winter Wonderland

Last Sunday, our friends wanted to go on our first big hike of the year, so we all chose Wallace Falls State Park. As we mentioned in this post, it’s one of our favorite nearby spots. The park really has it all. The waterfalls are magnificent, but this time we wanted something different. We decided to trek to the north end of the park, to Wallace Lake.

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February 17, 2013 4 comments Read More
A Temporary Cure for Spring Fever

A Temporary Cure for Spring Fever

Spring is hiding just around the corner, and we are beginning to see that here in Seattle. The temperature is rising, things are starting to green up (not like they ever really stop being green around here… it’s just getting greener), and the sun is still up when we leave the office now! We’d been dying to get outside all week, but getting out to the mountains for snow adventures just wasn’t going to work out this time. We wanted to get as far away from home as possible without actually going far, so we headed to Saint Edward State Park in Juanita, just across the lake from north Seattle.

Saint Edward State Park

February 2, 2013 3 comments Read More