Carter Falls at Mt Rainier

We got one of a rare nice day in Pacific Northwest. So we took advantage of beautiful weather to take a short trail walk at Mt. Rainier National Park. The trail is head is right a few drive after Longmire Visitor Center. This is relatively short with roughly 3 miles round trip trail with elevation about 800ft. Most of the hike is under shady wood line. So it is kind of a good escape from the heat. As soon as you start of the trail, there is a river cross via a fallen log at Nisqually River. Then basically you will be ascending to the falls. Per sign at the trail head, the distance to waterfall is only 1.1 mile but some people say it is actually 1.5 miles. If you have more energy, you can definitely keep going to another waterfall called Narada Falls by hiking extra 1.7 miles. This is relatively easy hike that any age of people can do it. For some this can be a good picnic spot to sit out by the river and enjoy the magnificent of Mt. Rainier while listening the sound of Nisqually River.

 

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Franklin Falls, Washington

 

 

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It has been a while from my last post. I just would like to share a short family friendly hike close to Seattle. For some, this might not even be considered as a hike. It might just be called a trail walking. Anyway, it is a 2 miles round trip trail with only 400 ft of elevation gain. But this is definitely a popular hike and the crowd can be pretty big during the weekends. So if you decide to go there during weekends, you might need to get there early to fight for parking spot. After all, it is a good trail and you can get close up to waterfalls.

Snowshoe at Mt. Rainier National Park

IMG_3785Over the weekend, we took a short day trip to Mt. Rainier of Washington State. Mt. Rainier is a trademark of Washington State. It is an active volcano with 14,411 ft elevation. It is also the highest mountain in Washington State. Living in Washington State, it is fortunate to see snow year round at this mountain. Climate at Mt. Rainier changes in different season. During winter, you would see snow covering all the areas. There is even area that the park is set up for snow play and ski area for some ski enthusiastic. There are couple trails that you can enjoy snowshoeing too.

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Short Trip Across the Border – Vancouver Canada

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A couple weeks ago, I took a family trip to Vancouver, Canada. Last time I had been to Vancity was during the winter Olympic which I only have a vivid memory left. Last trip was just a day trip for me. This time we wanted to explore more about the Vancity with some influences from some of Vancity based TV shows such as Flash, Arrow. Anyway, this trip was a two days one night trip. Of course, it was not enough time to explore everything in Vancouver. Since we are in Ski Season and we have never been to ski resort, we decided to visit the famous Grouse Mountain. As for second destination we decided to explore 1,000 acres public park; Stanley Park . Other than those two destinations, we had some walk along the boardwalk and Gastown where there is an active steam clock.

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The One Place Where Snow Falls Every Night

As part of holiday series, this week I am going to post about The One Place Where Snow Falls Every Night. We are in the winter and holiday season. Yet we haven’t really seen snow yet in Seattle area. Of course, Mt. Rainier does offers snow everyday throughout the year. However, we don’t want to miss out holiday spirit, jingle bells song, and St. Nicholas of the holiday season. So where do we go to enjoy snow and holiday spirit at the same time? Continue reading

Very Local Holiday Event – Festive Fun in Puyallup

As we are still in holiday season, I decided to write another post about Holiday. Last week, I blogged about Christmas Lights event at Warm Beach, WA. This week, I am going to post about a local Christmas event in Puyallup, WA. The event is held at Sunrise Village Shopping Mall in Puyallup. As Christmas is the time for family, this is definitely a family friendly event with a lot of activities for kids. The best thing about this event is it is a free event. Yes, there are a lot of activities and you will not have to pay anything for any of those.

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The Lights of Christmas

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As we are in Christmas time and holiday season, I decided to take a break from my Home Sweet Home series. Instead I will write about my visit to a local holiday event. As we are in December, people are decorating their houses with lights everywhere. There are numerous ticketed lights events throughout Pacific Northwest. Of these many choices, I decided to visit “The Light of Christmas” at Stanwood, WA.

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The event is held at Warm Beach Camp and this is more than a decade old annual event since 1997. The camp is located 1 hour north of Seattle. This is ideal family event for holiday season. There are more than 1 millions light displays. Every year, event organizers start to set up lights in September for this magical lights experience. The general admission for ticket is $16 per adult and it is free admission for children under three. $16 might seem a little expensive but I would say it is totally worth it. If it still deems expensive, visitors can visit “Pay what you can” nights. The schedule of those nights can be found on their website every year. Continue reading