Ebey’s Landing Hike on Whidbey Island

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

I’d been looking for a hike I could do safely by myself. Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island is well-populated, only 5.6 miles long, and not very technical. It’s also not in the middle of the mountains. So I picked it.

It happened that my mother came along, which made it a lot funner. But it did mean that I wasn’t by myself. Not a bad fact.

You may need a ferry reservation to access this hike. We got lucky and made it on as a stand-by, but barely.

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

We parked at the trailhead across from the cemetery for the hike. The Washington Trails Association had recommended that trailhead for more of a hike and the other one for more of a beach walk.

We’d chosen a day to go when it was supposed to be raining sideways. Thankfully, the rain and wind weren’t as bad as predicted. It rained a bit, but I stayed dry in my Arc’teryx. My mom’s Columbia wetted out.

The prairieland here was amazing. Nothing like other parts of Western Washington I’ve seen.

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

At one point two bald eagles flew at eye level maybe 15 feet off the trail. It was amazing. I had my phone in my hands but was too busy looking at them to take a picture. So I took one when they were flying away.

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

Northwest Pearls: Ebey's Landing

I could have done without the walk on the beach. It wasn’t as enjoyable as the walk on the bluff. If I did it again, I’d probably stay on the bluff, walk down the hill to the beach, and then back up to the bluff and just do a there and back.

It was a pretty good day-hike. Afterwards we took the ferry back to Port Townsend (again, get reservations!), got pizza for lunch, stopped at a loose-leaf tea place where I found my new favorite decaf tea, and drove home.

Do you have any fairly easy hikes you’d recommend in the area?

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee Part One

Weekend Trip to Lake Wenatchee Part One

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Some friends of ours have a cabin up on Lake Wenatchee and we had the opportunity to stay there one weekend in January.

On our way up we stopped for dinner at Benjarong Thai Restaurant in Monroe, WA. It was so yummy! If you like Thai, you should check it out.

We got up to the cabin late Friday, started a fire to keep us warm, and just chilled. After waking up early the next morning, we got ready and went snowshoeing. I definitely need better gloves for next time I’m out in such cold weather. My fingers were freezing the whole time. The rest of me was fine though at least.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

FYI This was the adventure that I realized I needed a Merino Wool Buff and not an annoying scarf with ends that wouldn’t stay out of my way. Here’s another Merino Wool Buff option. I got the first because it’s on sale.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Before and after snowshoeing we drove around a little bit too and explored the area around the lake. I’d love to have a small cabin up in the mountains for adventures like this. It’s so beautiful.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

After snowshoeing and driving around we went back to the cabin to warm up and change to go to Leavenworth which I’ll talk more about in Part Two of this blog post.

Where’s your favorite place in the Cascade Mountains?

Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch and Ruby Beach

Kalaloch Hike: Tree Cave and Ruby Beach

Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach

At the the beginning of this month, we drove out to Kalaloch and Ruby Beach to hike. I’d really wanted to see the Tree Cave located at Browns Point. Both hikes are hampered by high tides, so we went to the Tree Cave first.

Northwest Pearls: Tree Cave

Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch

Apparently the tree is right off the beach access point. Like right off. The friend I went with didn’t realize that all I wanted to see was the tree, so once we got figured that out, and he told me he really wanted to see Ruby Beach for its rock formations, we went back to the car and drove to Ruby Beach.

Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach

Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach

Northwest Pearls: Ruby Beach

It was a sunny day for our adventure, but it was around 22 degrees. We walked south down the beach, explored some small caves and some large rocks before hanging out for a while. We did have to keep an eye on the tide because we didn’t want to get stranded and have to climb through the woods.

The North end of the beach had a stream blocking us from accessing it. But my friend really wanted to get over there so he forded it in his hiking boots. Once there he wanted me to see it, so after a moment of deliberation- I didn’t have a change of shoes like he did- I started to take my shoes off. But he came back over and carried me to the other side. We explored around there for a little while, and had to keep moving to keep his feet warm, before he carried me back over and we went to warm up in the car.

It was a cool beach and I can see why it’s popular. I’d like to go back at a very low tide and explore some more.

Are there any beaches you like to go to that haven’t been “discovered” yet?

Northwest Pearls: Kalaloch

Gasworks Park

We went to Gas Works Park on north Lake Union in Seattle a few days ago. The night view of the skyline is pretty awesome. I want to say that the blue lights are in honor of the Seahawks beating the Vikings earlier this week, but I can’t say that for sure.

Northwest Pearls: Gasworks Park

A lot of the old machinery that was used to manufacture gas is still on the property. We walked around the park and enjoyed the view before going back to our car and getting some warm tea.

Have you been to Gas Works Park? What do you think?