Washington State Fair 2014

September 10, 2014

The Palouse provides stress free wandering

July 22, 2014

This Weekend Wanderer heads for Palouse Falls State Park, but as all true wanderers know, it is not the destination, but the wandering that counts.

On the way, you need to cruise the back roads and small farm towns of Palouse country to melt away your stress, so load the kids in the minivan or SUV and get going.

To get to Palouse country from Issaquah, of course you’re stuck on Interstate 90 to Moses Lake. I-90 is a familiar run; even so, there are a couple of things to note: The snow shed you always looked for as a kid so you could tell dad to “honk the horn, honk the horn,” near Lake Keechelus, has disappeared to make way for highway improvements.

By Joe Grove Above, Palouse Falls is the star attraction at the Palouse Falls State Park.

By Joe Grove
Above, Palouse Falls is the star attraction at the Palouse Falls State Park.

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Tulip festival offers fun daytime getaway

May 6, 2014

WEEKEND WANDERER

I’m not a gardener.

You most certainly won’t find me in the yard cutting grass, or crouched near a patch of soil pulling weeds and planting flowers.

Imagine my parents’ surprise then, when I suggested we head north for the final weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A line of still-blooming purple tulips is bordered by the stems of now fallen blooms of the Tulip Town garden during the last weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on April 26.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A line of still-blooming purple tulips is bordered by the stems of now fallen blooms of the Tulip Town garden during the last weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival on April 26.

Flowers have never really been my thing, but after my April 26 exploration of the blooming tulip fields, I certainly have a new appreciation for the beauty of all things flora.

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Follow the sun to Sun Lakes/Dry Falls

May 14, 2013

WEEKEND WANDERER

Weekend Wanderer set out mid-April for Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park, about a 200-mile drive from Issaquah. The clouds hung low over the mountains on Snoqualmie Pass, barely shielding their beauty, like the sheer nightgown of a bashful bride.

Somewhere near Easton, the sun began its struggle with the clouds to dominate the sky. It won east of Ellensburg.

The Soap Lake sculpture ‘Calling the Healing Waters’ is the center piece of the world’s largest human figure sundial.

The Soap Lake sculpture ‘Calling the Healing Waters’ is the center piece of the world’s largest human figure sundial.

Why Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park? Start with the name, sun, and add camping, swimming, fishing, golfing, sightseeing and a place to research your kid’s science project on Washington archeology.

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