Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Hey Brook Lookout

One of our fall hikes from last year - Hey Brook Lookout ... a short and sweet one.




The trail starts right off the highway. The minute you enter the cool mossy forest, you will forget the busy highway behind.




Round trip of 2.6 miles ..with a decent elevation gain but definitely a kid-friendly !






67 foot 'Hey Brook' lookout perched on 1700 foot ridge ... this ones served to monitor and alert forest fires in the area.


small details ... 



seven sets of these stairs leading you atop the lookout



My little girl happily climbing down and not one bit tired !




The serene view of the skykomish valley ( the picture does no justice to this !)
The telescopic view of Bridal Veil falls lured us for another hike but we decided to table that for the coming summer :)

On the map:


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For more information visit :
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heybrook-lookout


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

North Creek Conservation Area

Another quick and super easy outdoor escape - this one is technically a park with lovely play area for the kids. In addition it houses a small wet land conservation area which is great for a short walk and of course an easy escape from the cities hustle-bustle.


An interpretive board walk
The boardwalk provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the rich diversity of a wetland environment. A great way to introduce the concept and science of wetland to children.




On this easy 3/4 mile trail, it is typical to see and hear birds. I understand there is also some wildlife which we have not had a chance so far.

On the map:


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Information Courtesy:
http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks/Park_Information/Park_Directory/Regional_Parks/North_Creek.htm

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Paradise Valley Conservation Area - WA

An easy quick outdoor escape ... this conservation area is 793 acres located south of Paradise Lake road near Woodinville, WA. 


Canopy of tall trees
 Majority of the site is covered with trees and wet land areas.


Christmas spirit of the hikers



The site offers several miles of hiking and biking trails. Some of these trails are also open for horses !

wooden trail



Frosted leaves - typical scene in winter days
For more information, visit :
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/paradise-valley-conservation-area
http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/Parks/Park_Information/Park_Directory/Regional_Parks/paradisevalley.htm

Photographs by: Anupama Puneeth


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Journey into 2014


Wishing 2014 takes you on adventurous journey, to great places, making wonderful memories !
Have a great new year.

Photograph by: Anupama Puneeth