While we have some big hopes for getting in some prime trail wandering this year, we also have plans to slowly expand our hobby farm. Add some rows to the garden, gates to the yard and chicken coop, and you know add some more chickens (with better rooster karma)? Maybe ducks by the fall?
Trying to balance our love of the trails with our love of growing a small farm can become difficult to maneuver. Trails can wait but planting and harvesting has to be carefully timed. I believe we can do both as long summer days give us expanded daylight hours to get it all done. Maybe.
Continue reading Hobby farm doesn’t wait for winter
As we are well in the middle of the first month of 2018, Josh and I have been discussing our goals for this year. Most of the focus will find us hiking, so expect to see a lot of Trail Talk here. Not listed here are our farming goals. I know I haven’t written much about our chickens and gardens lately, but promise to pick that up soon.
We love to travel and explore and while we do have a trip to Colorado this spring to listen to Bluegrass in a haunted hotel, we are planning to soak ourselves into as much of this PNwonderful as possible. Much of our goals and plans are lottery dependent, but we’re going to cast our backpacking availability and hope for the best.
Here’s what’s on the list:
Continue reading PNW outdoor life goals for 2018
Last weekend we set off to get some serious hiking in to prepare for some lofty outdoor goals we’ve set for ourselves. We got a late start on a Saturday, so we headed to Trillium Community Forest just a couple miles from our house.
The 7-mile trail system is protected by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust so a bonus for visitors is it is free to all. No park pass needed.
Continue reading Trail Talk: Winter hike in Trillium Community Forest
When prepping for a climb of Mount St. Helens or potentially the Wonderland a Trail, the best preparations is simply getting out and hike no matter what the weather brings. It’s a great way to understand how to adjust to adverse weather conditions and test out and understand your gear. Much better to do a gear check closer to home than 10 or 20 miles in the middle of nowhere.
Continue reading Trail Talk: Rainy hike among the Saratoga Woods, DNR and Metcalf Trust Trail Systems
That was the secret code name on the package when “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was mailed to The Rose Theatre in Port Townsend. Tactics like these are used to prevent mail theft of hit movies. Who knew?
Continue reading Fun facts and The Force at The Rose Theatre
We all too often forget about Port Townsend when we think about venturing off Whidbey Island, but that really shouldn’t happen. With the easy ability to walk onto the Coupeville ferry, as long as the sailing times work for what you want to do, Port Townsend is easily accessible from the island.
For our holiday gift to each other, we planned a day in the seaside town. Our agenda: lunch, window shopping, massages and a salt water soak. We hadn’t decided on dinner plans and decided to play it by ear. Here’s how our day unfolded.
Continue reading Ferry field trip to the peninsula
If there are blue skies on Whidbey Island and you aren’t skeptical of heights and high ridges, the Bluff Trail at Ebey’s Landing is the place to be.
Continue reading Trail Talk: Panoramic views at Ebey’s Landing