Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Before you start your hiking, you'll want to be sure and have binoculars. Bring your own, or check them out from the visitor center, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Binoculars are important; they will allow you to enjoy close-up views of the many species of dabbling and diving ducks that stop to feed in the wetlands or the several species of raptors, such as owls, harriers and kestrels, that survey the fields for prey. There are several hiking options in the refuge, but the most exciting is the Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail. This trail starts at the visitor center and is accessed by walking one-half mile on the Twin Barnes Loop trail. After half a mile of hiking along an old boardwalk that sits just above the wetlands, hikers will reach a fork for the Twin Barns Observation Platform.
Opportunities for fresh air exercise and exploration abound with a wealth of natural beauty and wildlife throughout all of our ocean beaches. Ocean Shores is one of the more popular destinations! Once you bring your family to this sandy paradise your will see why so many active families decide to travel here.
You can move from one fun activity to the next just as easy as walking down the block. Kids will find plenty to do from playing mini golf to racing go karts, visiting a video arcade, riding bikes, digging in the sand... well... you get the point. Ocean Shores has activities to keep families happy. And it's a great escape for couples too!
Mt. Rainier is more than just a beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest scenery. There are things to entertain the adventurist in everyone! From beautiful scenery & hiking to a train ride on Board the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad. There is surely something that will get everyone out enjoying nature. Follow the link to read about the top 10 activities to do at Mt. Rainier!
Photo Courtesy of Tugboat Annies in Olympia, WA.
No matter if you are young, old, experienced or new to sea kayaking, the Pacific Northwest offers some of the most beautiful water, abundant wildlife, untamed lands and historically rich destinations to be found. With an abundance of beautiful waterways you may have a hard time deciding where to start! We decided to narrow it down to two of our favorites. If you are looking for a relaxing stroll around Bud Bay inlet Tugboat Annies may be the perfect choice for you. You have the opportunity to see the wildlife & Burfoot park & Boston harbor are both nearby if you need to get out and stretch your legs. And as someone that gets hungry easily you have a top notch restaurant to enjoy after returning your rental for the day. If you are wanting to get up close and personal with an orca whale, spot a bald eagle or head out on an overnight excursion Kayak Nisqually- Puget Sound Adventures has something for everyone. Affordable pricing options and rave reviews make this group another must see when heading out on our PNW waters!
Photo courtesy of Run Amok Irish Running Club
Our group is not comprised of any avid marathon runners, but we do like to get out, support local causes in the community and have fun! We have participated runs where attendants are throwing colors at you, turning you into their own personal piece of art to benefit runs to help support local causes and groups in the community, It doesn't matter if you are at a marathon with some of the best runners in Washington or at a small benefit run. The running community is full of others pushing you to get active & be the best version of yourself. Run, walk or stroll everyone is welcome & there are options for everyone and their comfort levels!