Roadtrip Part 1 – Snoqualmie Falls and Iron Horse Tunnel

This past weekend we were able to take some time for a family roadtrip to Snoqualmie before all the craziness of (home) school started. Our first stop was Snoqualmie Falls, WA. It is such a beautiful sight. Our two youngest have never been and it’s such a short and easy walk from the parking lot to see it. It’s definitely a “must see” stop on I-90.

If you want to get in a little more exercise there is a trail down to a lower view point you can hike down about .70 mile (1.4 miles roundtrip). My husband and I did this about 2 years ago. It was fun and easy going down the trail but coming back up was a feat for someone that doesn’t get much exercise. We chose to skip it on this trip.

Our next stop was to the Iron Horse Tunnel. It was so much larger than I thought it would be. It was literally cool. Dress warm if you do choose to visit.

We only walked in about 100 yards. It gets eerily dark the further you go in. Definitely not for those afraid of the dark. Even with a flashlight I felt like I needed to look at every nook and cranny to make sure there wasn’t anything waiting for us.

I do have to admit. It would be neat to bike ride through it. It’s a little more than 2 miles long and it’s very well maintained. Be prepared with good lighting and light, reflective clothing whether you are walking or biking in the tunnel.

Snoqualmie Falls

Iron Horse Tunnel

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Family Day Hike – Theler Wetlands

It was quite a rainy and cloudy weekend. We were happy we chose not to go camping but we were also looking for something fun to do outdoors with the kids. We decided to check out Theler Wetlands in Belfair, WA. I’ve never been and neither has our 2 younger children but my husband has been there. It was fairly quiet with a few families and individuals out walking or jogging the trails. We decided to take just a short tour around a small part of it to accommodate our 5 year old and myself (*wink – it’s been a while since I’ve done any exercise.)

 

It was neat trail. Perfect for families with small children. Lots of different trees and plants. There were art and informational kiosks about native species along the way.  There was also a big skeleton of a whale hanging from the ceiling of a shelter.

 

We were able to walk down a wooden pier and see the wetlands up close. It was low-tide so it was especially cool to see how deep the crevices ran in the marsh.

Someday I’d like to go back to extend our walk in towards the river side and hopefully catch some shots of birds with my camera. There’s no cost and no pass required to go on a hike there but there is a donation box to help with the upkeep and storm clean up.

The two pictures above are of the same gate just taken from different angles.

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A Visit to Lynch Creek Dahlia Farm – FOTD

I’ve always dreamed of having a flower farm. We’re about 20 years past when we should’ve started one. It would’ve been crazy to start a farm with my husband’s past work schedule and little ones in tow. So the dream never came to fruition. We are very fortunate to have farms that we can visit in the area. We can just enjoy what our local farms produce and the little flowers I grow in our garden.

We absolutely enjoyed our visit to Lynch Creek Dahlia Farm. It’s a cute 3 acre farm full of color. There were so many varieties of Dahlia to choose from. You can pick your own flowers or you can purchase already-made bouquets. It was so fun to pick our own flowers. It was really hard to stop picking and clipping. I loved it! We shared what we brought home with our neighbors.

Here are some photos of the lovely Dahlias growing at the farm.

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Lynch Creek Dahlia Farm

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Hillside Collage of Roses

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Here are a few photos from our recent trip to the International Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The roses were spectacular!!! Even our little one enjoyed taking the time to smell a few roses here and there7-2-2017 Rose Garden Artsy IMG_5932

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