Horses, Hikes and Cascade Sherpas

When The Crossing Guide editor called me up and said, “I have an assignment for you with Cascade Sherpas. Are you into it?” it didn’t take long to respond. As a lover of all things camping, hiking into Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and having my gear trekked up by [...]

November 13, 2015

Women’s Hockey in Washington State

I’m still unsure which pads went on first, but once I was in full ice hockey gear, I felt like a gladiator ready for battle. As a youngster growing up in New York state, I had no jock tendencies, preferring books to pucks. Thus, the only pads I was familiar with were the [...]

October 9, 2015

Under the Starry Sky: Camping at Washington Park in Anacortes

Want to know a secret? Washington Park, on 220 forested acres on the west end of Fidalgo Island, is one of my top camping locales. It has spectacular views of the San Juan Islands, wooded campsites, a sandy beach, a boat launch, a playground and tons of hiking trails. And, best [...]

September 9, 2015

Hiking the Juan De Fuca Trail

There is something about the crisp air off the coast and the tides crashing against barnacled rocks that ignites my spirits. The briny taste of the ocean spray that coolly kisses my face as I lean to take a closer look at the sea creatures below. The whir of the wind as it [...]

September 2, 2015

Fort Casey Inn: History, Silence and Sunsets

I’ve driven by Fort Casey Inn on my way to the Coupeville ferry dozens of times. Every time I see the row of Georgian Revival-style houses I say, “We need to stay there.” Then, shortly after the ferry leaves the dock that idea slips into the sea until the next time I take [...]

August 31, 2015

Spring Bay Kayaking

The gate to Spring Bay Kayak Tours has two jumping orcas and one red kayak. I open the gate and as I close it behind me and drive through fifty-seven secluded and wooded acres I feel like I’ve entered the wilds of Orcas Island. At the end of this road I’ll meet my kayak tour [...]

August 27, 2015

Come Sail Away with San Juan Cruises

One big thing (six tons big) that draws folks to the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham Bay & the San Juan Islands in particular, are our local Orca pods (J, K & L to be exact, although we do occasionally have transients meander through as well). Hands down, the best way to [...]

August 6, 2015

A Sailor’s Life on the Schooner Zodiac

It’s a sunny Pacific Northwest evening with a slight breeze. I’m on a historic 160 foot pilot schooner cruising through Bellingham Bay. Water ripples and the sun makes its way toward the horizon dotted with emerald islands. A four-course meal is being served and with each [...]

July 28, 2015

Paca Pride Guest Ranch

Situated on the highest point on seventeen acres of alpine meadow is the Paca Pride Guest Ranch cabin. Yards away, alpacas graze on tufts of green grass. Chickens scurry through the garden. Campers set up tents on covered platforms. Clouds hover over pine and hemlock trees that [...]

July 16, 2015

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