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Camping On Orcas Island (and Other Things to Do While You’re There) 0 (0)

Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands — and a great place to camp. Here’s a brief post about camping spots on the island and a few other things to do while you’re there as well!

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Kitsap Salmon Tours Kitsap Salmon Viewing Day

Where to View Salmon Spawning in Kitsap County This Autumn 5 (1)

Every year the salmon return from the ocean to their home streams to spawn. WSU offers a day of salmon viewing and education in the fall. Here’s where and when to view spawning salmon in Kitsap County this Autumn.

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Outdoor Shakespeare (and other outdoor performances) Near Puget Sound 5 (1)

We love Shakespeare in the Park and other outdoor theater performances! Pack a picnic and a blanket and sit in the sun (or in some cases under the stars). Here’s a brief guide to some PNW (mostly Seattle area) Shakespeare in the Park productions.

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Photo of Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge by jcwinkler onFlicker.

Snoqualmie Bike Ride: Remlinger and Back 0 (0)

I cycled this route years ago, and intended to write about it at that time.

A few things may have changed since then, but it remains a good cycling route with a good stop at Remlinger Farms at the mid-point (when they reopen),

This route is also my first go-round with adding route sharing capacity. If you have a route you’d like to share with readers, you can do it!

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Seattle Mountain Bike Trails

The Best Beginner Mountain Bike Trails Near Seattle 5 (1)

Seattle is home to some great mountain biking and some of the best beginner mountain bike trails in the Pacific Northwest. This is a sponsored post from evo — a Seattle based retailer that specializes in outdoor equipment…mountainbikes and more!

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Blue Hawaiian Pie at A La Mode Pies Phinney

A Damn Fine Piece of Pie: Where to Eat Great Pie in Western Washington this Pi Day (or Any Day) 5 (1)

This post was written before the COVID-19 outbreak, but I decided to let it run for Pi day as scheduled. In Seattle, we’re eating our Pie on Pi Day at home in Seattle — but when things pick back up these are some great places to go. Put them on your calendar for PIE day, which is January 23.

Whether it’s Pi Day (in March) or Pie Day (in January) you’re likely to see a lot of posts about pie. But any day is a good day for Pie.

So we’re weighing in on our favorite go-to pie spots in Seattle and western Washington State.

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Fleurs de Villes at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival 2020

Fleur Couture: A Sneak Peek at 2020’s Northwest Flower and Garden Festival 0 (0)

I had the chance to go to a media preview of this year’s Northwest Flower and Garden Festival. The gardens, as always were fabulous, there looks to be a promising lineup of speakers, but the real stars of the show were the “Fleurs de Villes.”

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Sequim Lavender Festival Bike Kitty Bs Lavender Farm

Visiting the Sequim Lavender Festival: A (Tiny) bit of Provence in Washington State 5 (1)

Sometimes referred to as “America’s Provence,” Sequim sits in the Olympic rain shadow, so it sees more days of sun that some other parts of western Washington State — and grows a LOT of lavender!

Here’s more about Sequim’s Lavender Festival that takes place each July, tips for visiting, information about a few of the farms, and a link to an interative map of area lavender farms you might want to visit.

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Remlinger Farms Pumpkin Farm Festival

Sound Fall Fun: Things to Do This Autumn in Seattle and the Puget Sound Area 0 (0)

I haven’t updated this post for 2021, and, at this point, am not sure if I will get around to it due to life events and changes on this website. Look for future posts with holiday event, though!

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Pacific Northwest Event Calendar Outdoor Stage at Thing NW Review 2019

About that THING… 0 (0)

We attended THING, Adam Zack’s (of Sasquatch! fame) new multidisciplinary music and arts festival at Fort Worden in Port Townsend. It included a varied lineup of entertainment and was worthwhile overall, with, we think a few learning experiences for next year if there is another THING coming.

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Where to Find Taiyaki in Seattle Bean Fish Food Truck

The Search for Taiyaki in Seattle 0 (0)

I learned about the Japanese fish-shaped waffles from my daughter who loves Japanese sweets. But when our go-to Seattle taiyaki place disappeared, a search ensued to find out where to get the best taiyaki in Seattle.

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Stump House Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve Trail Maps

Hiking Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve 0 (0)

Guillemot Cove Nature Preserve is one of my favorite Kitsap County day hikes, and great for kids (at least kids who will tolerate the uphill trek back from the beach). While you’re there, visit the Stump House which (legend has it) was a hideout for an outlaw in the 1800s and would have been my clubhouse as a kid if it had been in my neighborhood.

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Kayaking Obstruction Island Easy Orcas Island Kayaking and Safe Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

Kayaking Obstruction Island 0 (0)

Obstruction Island just off the southeast part of Orcas Island is a good place for beginner-intermediate kayakers to paddle without being carried away by currents. Here’s more about this satisfying island circumnavigation paddle.

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Tintype taken at the Port Townsend Victorian Festival

Going Victorian in Port Townsend 0 (0)

If you want to explore times of yore (sorry about the rhyme), head to Port Townsend for their annual Victorian Festival. We did in 2018 and encountered many a thing, including frightening(ly beautiful) ball gowns, tintype photography, and ghost stories.

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Cheryl in Kayak

Blake Island Kayaking and Camping 0 (0)

You can only get to Blake Island in Washington State by boat (or seaplane, it turns out). It’s a fun kayaking adventure from Seattle or Kitsap County. Here’s more about kayaking and camping on Blake Island.

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