Lake Valhalla – Smithbrook Hike Report – September 8, 2021

Our hike to Lake Valhalla provided outstanding views and opportunities to sample huckleberries and alpine blueberries along the way. There were streaks of color from fall foliage throughout the hike. It was evident that summer is coming to an end and autumn is on its way. The bold and brilliant berries on the Mountain Ash…

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Urban Walk – Seattle – April 14, 2021

What a perfect Pacific Northwest day … Mt. Rainier was out in her glory – so majestic! We headed out from University Village in Seattle toward Union Bay Natural area which is considered one of the best bird watching sites. The area features several ponds, beautiful vegetation, a variety of waterfowl, turtles, and birds. We…

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Lime Kiln Trail Hike, March 10, 2021 Trip Report

Lime Kiln Trail hike

It was a beautiful, sunny, crisp day for CAI/PNW’s first hike of 2021 after a year of dealing with Covid-19 and not being able to hike together. A portion of the trail goes along the historic Everett/Monte Cristo Railroad, built in 1892-1893 and abandoned in 1933. Continuing along the trail, it makes a slight rise…

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