Northwest Trek: Experience Washington’s wildlife in the outdoors

By Washington, Our Home|April 23, 2014|Family, Mt. Rainier, Recreation, Western Washington, Wildlife|0 comments

In a split second, I knew it was a bald eagle as it shot by about ten feet overhead. I had never been that close to one in flight before. The unmistakable white markings, yellow beak and talons and gargantuan wingspan that easily distinguished it from the more common ravens and falcons in Ocean Shores were clearly visible just before it disappeared over the roofline as quickly as it had materialized.

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Charter fishing the waters off Westport

By Washington, Our Home|August 4, 2013|Family, Fishing, Pacific Ocean, Recreation, Western Washington|0 comments

For Fathers’ Day 2013, my dad had gotten the two of us a fishing excursion on Westport Charters in Westport, WA. Father’s Day is in June, but we had to take our trip in early August thanks to the Legislature being unable to complete its business in three consecutive sessions (yes, it still smarts). I had been looking forward to this trip for two reasons: I was anxious for some

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Ascending Saint Helens, Part 3 of 4: More than a mountain

By Washington, Our Home|August 27, 2012|Family, Gear, Hikes, History, Mt. Saint Helens, Recreation, Western Washington|1 comments

I was almost five years old when I rode on my father’s back during a hike on Mt. Rainier one sunny Saturday afternoon. During that walk, he paused for a moment while viewing the distant, lofty, snow-capped peak to the southwest, speculating aloud on the possibility of one of the 18 volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain Range ever erupting. It was May 17th, 1980, and the next morning the world

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Ascending Saint Helens, Part 2 of 4: Rock-hopping at the jetty

By Washington, Our Home|August 21, 2012|Family, Gear, Mt. Saint Helens, Pacific Ocean, Recreation, Western Washington|0 comments

After deciding to climb Mt. Saint Helens in early 2012 and committing myself by actually purchasing the permits back in February, Dad and I had been training for the climb for months as the ascent date approached. It wasn’t until August finally arrived that we fully realized the gravity of the task we were about to undertake and upon reevaluation, found ourselves lacking in several training areas. When deciding to

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Ascending Saint Helens, Part 1 of 4: Gaining in elevation

By Washington, Our Home|August 20, 2012|Eastern Washington, Family, Gear, Hikes, Recreation|0 comments

It was early February of this year when I decided I was going to climb Washington State’s Mt. Saint Helens and peer into the mile-wide crater of the active volcano. As a native Washingtonian, summiting every snowcapped peak in the state had been on my bucket list for longer than I can remember. Years ago, I asked my father – another native Washingtonian with a love for the outdoors –

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Flag Day parade in Ocean Shores

By Washington, Our Home|June 12, 2012|Family, History, Pacific Ocean, Western Washington|0 comments

You don’t see a whole lot of Flag Day parades anymore these days. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find half a dozen people who even know what Flag Day is. For those still wondering, Flag Day is a United States commemorative day (not yet an official holiday) that falls every year on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of

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The Power of the Pacific Ocean and the Passage of Time

By Washington, Our Home|May 25, 2012|Ocean, Western Washington|1 comments

We began building our Ocean Shores home in 2008.  When we moved our borrowed 5th wheel trailer to the construction site in October of that year, we started daily beach walks.  The beach nearest our home is part of the Oyehut Wildlife Recreation Area, managed by the WDFW as a subunit of the John’s River Wildlife Area nearer to Westport, Washington. Almost immediately upon taking these walks, we started seeing

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Gone But Not Forgotten: Ocean Crest Restaurant in Moclips, Washington

By Washington, Our Home|November 22, 2011|Ocean, Restaurants, Western Washington|2 comments

Moclips has been a community for a long time.  It was only incorporated, though, in 1905 with the final nails being driven by the Northern Pacific Railroad.  It became a resort community and had local industries such as lumber mills and canneries.  Over the years Moclips suffered setbacks from fires and storms, finally sustaining about 600 people. Just south of the town of Moclips, Washington, along the rugged Pacific coast,

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Sea Lions vs. Surfers On The Washington Coast

By Washington, Our Home|November 12, 2011|Ocean, Western Washington|1 comments

Sitting Log at the North Jetty in Ocean Shores, Washington Linda and I try to walk on the beach every day. We tell ourselves that it is exercise, but really it’s just taking advantage of where we live (Ocean Shores, Washington). We have different beaches that we can go to, so we don’t see the same thing every day. What we have discovered is that you CAN go to the

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A trip south to Tokeland

By Washington, Our Home|October 23, 2011|Ocean, Western Washington|0 comments

One out of the way (REALLY out of the way!) location in Washington State is Tokeland, situated on a peninsula by the north shore of Willapa Bay near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean. Named after Chief Toke, of the Shoalwater Bay tribe, and probably NOT after the slang term for smoking marijuana, the community has about 150 resident souls brave enough to weather the… well, actually the weather.  The

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Another day in Ocean Shores

By Washington, Our Home|October 18, 2011|Ocean, Western Washington|0 comments

Yes, I blog about Ocean Shores a lot. My parents live there, so what can I do? We drove over on Saturday afternoon and dad made a great dinner of sausage, sauerkraut, apples, bacon, and rolls. Delicious if you like sauerkraut. While we could have gone to the beach before sundown, we were very tired from a trip to Point Defiance Zoo that morning, so we opted to stay home

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Family reunion in Moses Lake

By Washington, Our Home|August 2, 2011|General|0 comments

Okay, not IN Moses Lake exactly, but right on the edge of it. It was our annual Ebel-Fenton-Campbell-Zandofsky (Hankins-Schab-Sherbahn) reunion and we held it at Pier 4 Sunrise Reports, a perfect spot for such an event. After last year’s reunion in Packwood – which many family members couldn’t attend due to distance – I worked with a few cousins to make sure we had it in more of a centrally

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Ocean Shores, and the short drive to Quinault

By Washington, Our Home|October 17, 2010|Ocean, Western Washington|1 comments

Last weekend was my parents 40th anniversary, so Kelly, Parker and I spent the weekend at their house in Ocean Shores. I realized that I’ve never written about Ocean Shores in this blog, and it was about time I did. I guess we travel there so much, it’s lost some of its initial charm. Ocean Shores is a little less than two hours west of Olympia. To get there, you

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