Whidbey Island One Day Road Trip

Looking for a trip to somewhere but are short on time?

Whidbey Island Road TripWe can’t always carve out a week or even a whole weekend to go road tripping, but the Washington State Parks have put together a one day road trip that  will show you some sights that you might otherwise never have stopped and seen.

Whidbey Island One Day Road Trip

True to the point of this blog, this tour takes you to places right here at home that many people have never stopped to look at.

The Adventure…
Itching to get out of the city this weekend, but don’t have enough time for a full weekend getaway? No sweat. We’ve got the perfect day all planned out for you – complete with fresh salt air, three parks and a great hike.

The day starts early on a (fingers crossed) clear, sunny day. You’ll hop on the 9 a.m. ferry for a quick ride, with views of the Cascade mountain range all the way to Whidbey Island where you’ll find three beautiful waterfront State Parks – Fort Casey, Fort Ebey and Deception Pass. Each park offers unique, gorgeous landscapes and different activities, from exploring the old military structures at Fort Casey to beachcombing at Fort Ebey to kite flying and hiking at Deception Pass.  Read More…

My one addition to this might be to stop at Penn Cove and dig a few clams for dinner the next day (if the tides cooperate).  Just make sure you have a cooler, some tools and your license in the car when you head out!

 

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2013 UFO Fesitival in McMinnville, OR

UFOs and Aliens in McMinnville, OR?

McMinnville, OR UFO fest

If you are in the Northwest, plan to attend the UFO Fest in McMinnville, OR

Are you a fan of UFOs and aliens?  Then you should really take a trip to the McMinnville UFO convention that is held in May every year!

On May 17 and 18, 2013, McMenamins hosts the 14th Annual UFO Festival with a parade, speakers, vendors and LOADS of people dressed up in all sorts of outfits.

About the UFO Festival
The McMinnville UFO Festival began as a way to honor the famous 1950 Trent sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed a UFO.  One of the earlier UFO case with photos, they have put together a PDF detailing the history of the Trent Sightings that you should take a look at.  Trent UFO Sightings PDF

Make your reservations early!

There aren’t a lot of places to stay in McMinnville so if you want to stay in town, you will want to book early!

 

 

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Washington State Wild Horse Monument

If your are headed east on I-90 stop and see the Wild Horse Monument!

Horse of the Wild Horse MonumentPerched high on a bluff over the Columbia River gorge, just a few miles before the turn off to the George Amphitheater is a often missed monument to the wild horses that once roamed across the plains of Washington State.

The monument is actually a series of wild horses cut from 1″ thick steel that is entitled Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies created by David Govedare, symbolically re-creates the Great Spirit turning loose a herd of wild horses above the Columbia River’s Wanapum Lake.  The whole monument actually stretches for 200′ across the top of the hill overlooking the river and the town of Vantage.

Wild Horse Monument viewIt is only accessible from the eastbound lanes of I-90 and with a short hike.  A short but robust scramble, the trail is only one mile round trip with a 150′ elevation gain.  The trip is definitely worth it, as the view from the top is majestic.

So next time you get ready to head east, plan on an extra hour, bring some hiking shoes and stop and see the Wild Horse Monument.  It is a link to a wilder time before farms and development gobbled up the wide open spaces that you really should stop and give thought to.

 

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Fremont Oktoberfest 2011 Drinking Festivities

Yes, it is the Fremont Oktoberfest not Octoberfest!

Server pouring beer at the Fremont Oktoberfest

Thousands of gallons of beer on tap at the Fremont Oktoberfest.

Every Fall, beer lovers at the Fremont Oktoberfest and at festivals across the globe, pause from their busy lives for a couple of weeks to give thanks to Crown Prince Ludwig for marrying Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810.  The Prince was nice enough to invite everyone to the festivities (drinking) and it became an annual event dubbed Oktoberfest.  I can only assume that lots of beer was consumed at that first party considering it was in Bavaria.

Now each year millions of people across the globe raise their beer glasses high, celebrating BEER!  Glorious, glorious BEER!

In that tradition, every fall the Fremont Chamber of Commerce puts on the very cool Fremont Oktoberfest  with brewers from across the region (and country) attending and representing their particular brewed craftings.  This year there were over 40 breweries in attendance at the beer garden and I did my best to sample them all. Read more »

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2011 Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl

Pumpkin Hurl = Screaming Pumpkins of Doom!

Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl TrebuchetFall is the start of the corn maze and Pumpkin season here in the Northwest and my favorite event of the season is the Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl. If you have watched the Pumpkin Chunkin shows on TV, this is very similar, just smaller and more home town.

The star of the show is always Tre Barbaric which broke the distance record in 2007. With a hurls of over 1800 feet, the Pumpkins are literally screaming as the arm of this massive 58′ tall trebuchet comes around and releases its unprocessed pie filling down range.  The only thing missing is a wide screen play back of the splatter at the end. Read more »

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