Entry to Washington State Parks free on August 25

An ocean view from Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) Get out and explore on Wednesday, August 25, when Washington State Parks celebrates the National Park Service's birthday with free entry to parks that charge entry fees. The free access is for day use only. After August 25, three more … Continue reading Entry to Washington State Parks free on August 25

Washington Trails Association publishes new hiking safety guide

Image by LUM3N from Pixabay The Washington Trails Association (WTA) has published a new free online hiking safety guide geared toward new hikers. It also provides a great refersher for hikers with more experience. "Safety Essentials: A Toolkit for Hikers" focuses on five important things you need to know for an enjoyable, safe hike: Make … Continue reading Washington Trails Association publishes new hiking safety guide

Timed tickets required to visit Multnomah Falls starting July 20

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area east of Portland (photo by Cheryl Landes) The U.S. Forest will start requiring visitors to Multnomah Falls to purchase timed tickets online starting Tuesday, July 20, to reduce congestion at the falls and on Interstate 84, the main road to the parking lot. Tickets are … Continue reading Timed tickets required to visit Multnomah Falls starting July 20

The Trustees of Reservations rejuvenates its annual hiking challenge in Massachusetts

World's End, a Trustees of Reservations property in Hingham, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) The Trustees of Reservations has relaunched its annual hiking challenge after a one-year break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Hike Trustees" program, which started in 2016, encourages people of all ages to record their hikes at the Trustees' properties in … Continue reading The Trustees of Reservations rejuvenates its annual hiking challenge in Massachusetts

Free admission at five Mass Audubon sites this week for Winter Recess

Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) Check out five Mass Audubon sites this week for free. A different property is featured each day. Although admission is free, reservations are required because capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The featured properties are: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln on Monday, February 15Broadmoor … Continue reading Free admission at five Mass Audubon sites this week for Winter Recess

Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Piper's Creek at Carkeek Park in Seattle Photos by Cheryl Landes From November through January, the salmon return to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle after a long journey at sea. The journey marks the end of their life cycle and the start of a new one as they lay eggs in the creek. By the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle