Hike to Heather Lake

Hike to Heather Lake

I love discovering an alpine lake that isn’t too hard to get to. Heather Lake is off of the Mountain Loop Highway, about an hour and a half from Seattle. I had read about the hike back in March, but at the time it was too snowy to access. Ben and I headed up there for a day hike in mid-June, and there was still snow at the top but none on the road and nothing we couldn’t walk through with normal hiking boots.  Continue reading

Ebey’s Landing Hike

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“Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. We walk through it, yell into it, rake leaves, wash the dog, and drive cars in it. We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world.” -Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses Continue reading

Chuckanut Drive

Another adventure we went on when my dad came to visit was the Chuckanut Drive, which is a beautiful drive starting about an hour outside of Seattle. We had planned on taking him to Mount Rainier but since the government shut down and the National Parks are all closed we had to make a quick Plan B!

Our lunch stop along the way was the Rhododendron Cafe in Bow, WA. We were hungry when we pulled in and ready to eat almost anything, but had a nice surprise when we sat down to find a gourmet menu of all locally sourced foods. I would definitely stop there again.

We also stopped at Taylor Shellfish Farms. They have tables and grills out by the water and plenty of shellfish of all kinds for sale, so that’s on our list to return during the warm summer months and grill up some super fresh seafood.

Bellingham, WA was the end of the drive. In Bellingham, we grabbed coffee and walked around in Boulevard Park, thanks to a recommendation from my co-worker Julie. I loved watching the boats, including the ferry to Alaska. I feel like the ferry to Alaska should be the start of a travel book (and probably is).

I’m glad we finally did this drive and hope to visit all these places again. It was fun to show my dad some of the area outside the city. One of our favorite things about Seattle is how quickly you can drive to beautiful farm country or mountains. It’s always nice to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle.