Wilson Creek

It all started with a question. “What are you guys doing this weekend?” It was my way of making morning small talk with my coworkers while seeping a green tea bag in a mug of hot water. The result of the morning chatter was a plan for a group of us to spend a few…

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┬áday by going for a run at Sequalitchew Creek Trail. This past week I’ve spent part of my lunch break┬árunning 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….

Paradise found: Part II

When you are standing in the parking lot in the Paradise Historic District in Mt. Rainier National Park, you have many choices about where you can hike. You can go see glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, heck the top of the mountain itself. So, what do you do? I think in some ways it depends on the…

Skookum Falls: Is it worth it?

I think any time someone is presented with a challenge, the first question that pops into their head is: Is it worth it? Is the extra effort at work worth missing out on family time? Is eating that second bowl of ice cream worth the pain it will cause in my belly? Is sacrificing some…