Point Wilson Lighthouse and Marrowstone Point Lighthouse near Port Townsend

Point Wilson Lighthouse

I love the mini-staycations that my husband and I have been taking a couple times a year in our home state of Washington. From beach walking trips to backpacking to visiting lighthouses. On a 3-day staycation we took last September, we went to the Port Townsend area and not only visited Point Wilson Lighthouse and Marrowstone Point Lighthouse, but we also did some walks, hikes, tours of forts, had great food, and slept at a restful Bed and Breakfast. On our first day, we drove around the Tacoma way heading north towards Port Townsend, and spontaneously stopped at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Continue Reading →

Point Robinson Lighthouse near Vashon Island

Point Robinson Lighthouse Vashon Maury

For many years now, it has been a fun family tradition that along with my husband, my dad, and my mom, we take an annual “ferry excursion” somewhere in the Puget Sound area of Washington State that the ferry system will take us. It is just a day-trip, where we meet at a ferry dock, and either consolidate into one car, or walk on as passengers, and then enjoy the day. We usually plan around good weather, some fun activity or destination, and food. Last summer’s trip was taking the ferry from Point Defiance in Tacoma in order to visit Continue Reading →

Alki Point Lighthouse in West Seattle

Alki Point Lighthouse Seattle

We get some really nice days weather-wise during pre-spring in the Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest. I took advantage of one of these days a few weekends ago, and went to Alki Beach in West Seattle for a leisurely 7 mile walk up and down Alki Beach, along Alki Avenue SW, Beach Drive SW, and Harbor Avenue SW. Aside from views of Puget Sound, the nearby islands, downtown Seattle, the Olympic Mountains, the Cascade Mountains, and the possibility of seeing Mount Rainier, there is also the Alki Point Lighthouse. On this particular day, the lighthouse was closed, so I Continue Reading →

Three Lighthouses around the Olympic Peninsula Coast: Cape Flattery, Slip Point, and Destruction Island

Cape Flattery Lighthouse Neah Bay

I consider myself a pharologist – one who has an interest in lighthouses. In fact, during many travels, I incorporate visiting lighthouses into some itineraries. When my husband and I spent three beautiful days on the Olympic Peninsula Coast of Washington State, it was no different, as on our third day we went to go see three lighthouses around the Olympic Peninsula Coast. Although in this case, one of the lighthouses no longer exists, except for the Keeper’s Quarters. And the other two lighthouses need to be observed from afar. But that didn’t matter because the forest and beach walks Continue Reading →

Walking on Shi Shi Beach Trail of the Olympic Peninsula Coast

Shi Shi Beach Olympic Coast

Over 25 years ago visiting Shi Shi Beach was on my husband’s bucket list. Long before people made bucket lists. And long before my husband knew me. 25 years later, my husband was able to check walking on Shi Shi Beach Trail of the Olympic Peninsula Coast off his bucket list as he and his wife (me!) spent a day hiking the beach from the north end, walking southbound, to a place called Point of the Arches, and back. Being mindful of the tides of course. Back in the 1980’s on a solo backpack trip, my husband was able to Continue Reading →