Category Archives: Rivers and Lakes

The Methow

I find it interesting that we call our area “The Skagit” and just over the ‘hill’ you have “The Methow.”  It is the same terminology:  it describes an area of great diversity, not a single place or town or famous … Continue reading

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Alger Alp via Squires Lake Park Trails

Alger Alp, also called Old Baldy by the locals, is a lowland peak that is part of the Chuckanut Mountain system, east of I-5.  It is composed mostly of Chuckanut Sandstone and shale.  It has been logged at least once, … Continue reading

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Squires Lake Park and Trail

What a close place to hike, did not know how I missed it!  Just, literally, 2 minutes from I-5 in the very fringe of north Skagit County.  This County Park is a hidden gem!  The Park is jointly managed by … Continue reading

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Baker River Trail, #606

This hike is not far from Highland Garden House, but is a world away!  After driving 48 miles on paved roads, you do another 5 miles of pretty good gravel/dirt/dust/washboard to get to the trailhead and the end of the … Continue reading

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Working Waterfront 1900/Playing Waterfront 2015

The Mount Vernon, WA waterfront on the Skagit River in 1900 shows off the heyday of the riverboat era.  Three sternwheelers in this one photo. Same view, more or less, in 2015, showing the new Riverwalk and Flood Wall. ’til … Continue reading

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Grandy Lake

Grandy Lake is a ‘hidden gem’ Skagit County Park.  It is right along the road to the Baker Lake area, which sees a lot more visitors.  Me included.  But taking the time to stop and wet the little kayak for … Continue reading

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Antiquing in Snohomish

Just down the Freeway or via the bucolic SR 9 is the historic town of Snohomish.  You may have heard that Port Townsend is the B and B Capital of the Northwest, well, Snohomish is the Antique Capital of the … Continue reading

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Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse

Took a sunny February Sunday and made a little visit to our neighbor town to the south, Snohomish.  Looking for a lunch spot and just picked Fred’s from a multitude of choices, and what a lucky choice!  Nice pub-like atmosphere, … Continue reading

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Then and Now – Flooding and Flood Wall

In celebration of our annual Flood Awareness Week, I am publishing a little post about our new Flood Wall.  To the left is a photo taken from the Division Street Bridge of our waterfront area during the November 1995 flood.  … Continue reading

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Oso Slide and More

Now that SR 530 is open again between Arlington and Darrington we decided to take a little drive and see what the slide looks like in person.  The highway does go right through the slide area and looks like an … Continue reading

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