I love Olympia. I love the gorgeous parks both inside and outside the city limits. I dig downtown (controversies and all). I covet the proximity to remote mountain trails, the salt water of Puget Sound, the Pacific Ocean, fresh water lakes and rushing rivers. I swoon over Washington’s little towns and jump at the chance for a family getaway to one of the surrounding larger cities (Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland).

Olympia-based adventures, and other explorations in the Pacific Northwest, are what I look forward to on a daily basis. I have two little kids (my salmonberries) and I think Oly is one of the best places we could ever call home.

Upon meeting a stranger in a park or hosting a guest in my home, I develop an itinerary to match all their Northwest curiosities. Undoubtedly, this wondrous spot has something for everyone. I strive to expose visitors, my kids, and myself to unique sites, flavors and experiences.

This blog focuses on the local gems Olympia and the Pacific Northwest has to offer families, while maintaining awareness that we are living on just one tiny part of the globe (note there are many international travel notes on this site as well). The blog is biased–it reflects my personal opinions, random thoughts, ideas and stories of experiences with my family. It’s intended to help locals and visitors discover obscure places near and far, partake in good finds, spark new interests, and explore.

Question & Answer

Q: How do I contact you?
A: I welcome comments, input and questions. If you’d like to contact me, please use the comment box below.

Q: The artwork on your banner is awesome. Did you do that?
A: The artwork on my banner is awesome and no, I did not draw it. My dad is an accomplished graphic artist. I told him what I envisioned, and he exceeded my expectations in capturing the images I wanted to display.


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