A little push goes a long way

Sometimes in life, you just need a push. I went to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park recently, when my sister-in-law Tori’s best friends – Tabitha and Cody – were in town from Texas. Like a good Washingtonian, when out of town visitors show up, I immediately took them to the mountain. My goal was…

Trail of the Shadows: Mt. Rainier National Park

The past four years, my family has used Longmire as a pit stop on the way to Paradise. When visiting Mt. Rainier National Park it is easy to overlook the Longmire area as it is pretty – but not as pretty as the aptly named Paradise. While camping at Big Creek Campground recently, we decided…

Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve is one of those hidden treasures that rewards the erstwhile traveler willing to wind around the Kitsap Peninsula to its parking lot. The Cove, a former estate for an area family, sits on the northwestern side of the Kitsap Peninsula and features everything a hiker could want – stunning alder trees, huge…

Sequalitchew Creek Trail

Isn’t this weather lovely? Less rain plus more sun equals happy smiling people in the Craker household! I took advantage of a recent sunny day by going for a run at Sequalitchew Creek Trail. This past week I’ve spent part of my lunch break running around the neighborhoods of DuPont and while the town is nice I…

Hiking and history

Two of my great loves in life are exploring and history. So when I get the chance to combine them I jump at the chance. When compiling my outdoors bucket list for 2016, one of the hikes I focused on is the Iron Goat Trail near the summit of Stevens Pass. The area is famous…

Burning Washington

Two weeks ago the sky was orange. The sky was orange and the sun was a ball of red fire. Smoke drifted across the Evergreen state bringing ash and the smell of woodsmoke. Temperatures were rising and the warm days combined with the thick smoke from Washington wildfires let everyone know that the state was on fire….