National Park Service – Senior Pass $ increase

Those of you age 62 and over, the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime senior pass will increase from $10 to $80 on August 27, 2017. Now is a great time to get your pass. Anytime and any amount is always beneficial to our beautiful parks and land.  For more information…

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/senior-pass-changes.htm?utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=senior_pass

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm#CP_JUMP_5088578

17 for 2017

What to do in 2017?  Anything that will calm your heart and bring you peace, laughter, and joy.  In other words, Rock it!  Below are 17 options within four hours reach of the Seattle area.

  1. Hike the waterfall trails along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. It just celebrated its 100-year anniversary.
  2. Try one (1) new restaurant each month of the year
  3. Walk along the sandy, rocky beaches of Dungeness Spit, view lighthouse
  4. Visit and buy from a local farmers market
  5. Whidbey Island…stay at the Inn at Langley #pnw
  6. Attend four (4) fairs or festivals that you didn’t last year
  7. Lake Chelan ~ wine tasting #wawine
  8. Celebrate someone’s 50th – bingo karaoke? sky dive? trip to Paris?
  9. North Cascades Highway ~ the most beautiful place on earth
  10. Take the ‘Mount Rainier’ Gondola at Crystal Mountain ~ think ‘this year’s holiday card photo’
  11. Spa treatment at Whistler BC
  12. Port Ludlow and Fort Worden State Park.  Try the Ludlow Falls Interpretative Trail, Around-the-Bay Trail, Murhut Falls Trail
  13. Go Mariners, Rainiers, Aquasox and Bells!
  14. Visit Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve
  15. Run or walk a 5K or 15K ~ support a cause important to you or your like-minded friends
  16. See La Traviata, Luzia, or other to bring a little culture #hallelujah
  17. Hike the Washington State coast ~ http://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/16-best-hikes-washington-coast  #outdoorproject

Beauty of June

June is a month of many…

  • Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival, June 17-19
  • Fleur de Lis Festival & Art in the Vines, Westport, June 26
  • Inspiring Beauty: 50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair, Bellevue Art Museum, through August 14th
  • See the Afrodisiacs perform at Tulalip Resort Casino, Thursday evenings
  • Farmers Markets abound
  • Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Northwest African American Museum, through September 4th
  • Drive Hwy 20 and beauty surrounding the North Cascades National Park
  • Seattle PrideFest, June 26
  • Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age, Bellevue Art Museum, through June 26th
  • River Rafting in eastern Washington
  • Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration, Leavenworth, June 16-19
  • America’s Classic Jazz Festival, Lacey, June 23-26
  • Cool Desert Nights, Richland, June 23-26
  • Taste of Tacoma, Tacoma, June 24-26
  • Explore the many cuisines, specialty restaurants, bakeries and bars on Capitol Hill, Seattle. Too many to name. Someday.

Summer Guide

The Seattle Times does a great job of compiling their annual Summer Guide that showcases the many things to do in the Puget Sound area .  Whether it be a favorite picnic spot, weekend-by-weekend events, festivals, concerts, farmers markets, 4th of July events, and more… you’ll be sure to find a variety of fun events that support your local community or are ‘within 4 hours reach’.  Check out the sampling here:  http://www.seattletimes.com/category/summer-guide/

It’s May so Let’s Play

So many fun things to do in May.

  • SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival, May 19-June 12
  • 18th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour, May 7-8 and May 14-15
  • Savor Spring Food, Wine & Spirit Tour, Camano and Whidbey Islands, May 14-15
  • Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle (Ballard), May 11-14
  • Windermere Cup Regatta / Opening Day of Boating Season, Seattle, May 7
  • Go to a car show in Monroe or Downtown Everett
  • Penn Cove Water Festival, Coupeville, May 14
  • Nordstrom Beat the Bridge Run/Walk, Seattle, May 15
  • 8th Annual Flower Festival, Pike Place Market, May 7-8
  • 71st annual ’49er Days Celebration, Winthrop, May 7-8
  • Spring Release Weekend, Walla Walla, May 6-8
  • Apple Blossom Festival, Manson, May 13-14
  • Untapped Blues and Brews Festival, Kennewick, May 13-14
  • Play Ball!  Check out a Seattle Mariners game
  • Rhododendron Festival, Port Townsend, May 16-21
  • Artisan Food Festival, Port Townsend, May 28
  • Roots and Vines Festival, Yakima, May 14
  • Northwest Folklife Festrival, Seattle, May 27-30
  • Juan de Fuca Festival, Port Angeles, May 27-30
  • Summerfest, Long Beach, May 28-30
  • See a movie… like Captain America – Civil War
  • and more…