How to Spot Gray Whales “Going Wild” On Their Spring Break Near Whidbey Island

Over the gentle waves of the Puget Sound, April showers bring . . . . gray whales! And: vessels of whale-watching enthusiasts ready to scramble over the side of a boat—even pushing their own children aside—just to snap a photo of one of the most homely creatures I’ve been blessed to see. On a rare,… Continue reading How to Spot Gray Whales “Going Wild” On Their Spring Break Near Whidbey Island

Friday Harbor Island: Making the Most of a Family One-Day Get-A-Way

Orcas—recently released from Sea World and ready to frolic—didn’t exactly await our arrival to the San Juan Islands. However, Nate, Alex, and I were not disappointed. Friday Harbor Island—even for just one day in the off-season—is packed with plenty of things to see and do. From Anacortes, Friday Harbor is the third ferry stop—just two… Continue reading Friday Harbor Island: Making the Most of a Family One-Day Get-A-Way

The Thrills, Spills, and Icy Chills of Snowshoeing Near the Big Four Ice Caves

Ripping a hole through my yoga pants was the biggest threat I’d face if I were to snowshoe at the Big Four Ice Caves this weekend. My yoga pants might never be the same, but I couldn’t leave this world without snowshoeing at least once. Besides, Nate said the “stunts” I’ve performed on my blog… Continue reading The Thrills, Spills, and Icy Chills of Snowshoeing Near the Big Four Ice Caves

A Florida Space Coast Runner: My Sister’s Formula for Resting, Racing, and Winning

  Mornings are brisk, damp, and rarely clear at 4:30 a.m. in my neighborhood in the Pacific Northwest. Typically, mountain views surround two sides of my subdivision, but I don’t get to see them as I’m running. I’m beating the car traffic from the Boeing workers, though at least a half a dozen cars slip… Continue reading A Florida Space Coast Runner: My Sister’s Formula for Resting, Racing, and Winning