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Neve Camp | North Cascades Backpacking

Neve Camp | North Cascades Backpacking

Over the river and through the woods to Neve Camp we go! Located just 2.5 miles down Thunder Creek trail in North Cascades National Park, Neve Camp (pronounced nev-AY) is a backcountry backpacking adventure that doesn’t require much effort. Sure, it’s not for everyone – being such a short hike and all. But it was perfect for Tove and me over Memorial Day weekend. We’re beginners when it comes to backpacking, so Neve Camp was a great place to get our feet wet. Although it’s less than three miles from Colonial Creek Campground (where you park for this backpacking adventure – map), you still feel like you’re out in the wilderness. The path down to Neve Camp is well off the main trail and it sits right along Thunder Creek (the video above shows that it runs more like a river than a creek). There is only room for five tents at Neve Camp, and the designated camping spots are spaced out so it doesn’t feel crowded at all....

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Franklin Ghost Town | A Trip Back in Time

Franklin Ghost Town | A Trip Back in Time

It’s not everyday you get to take a walk back in time, but that’s what happens when you visit Franklin ghost town just outside of Black Diamond. Located 37 miles from downtown Seattle (map), Franklin was a once bustling coal mining town. The community was established in the 1880s (before Washington was even a state), and it survived until mining jobs dried up there in 1919. The land was most recently mined between the late 1940s through 1971. If you’d like to know more about the history of Franklin click here. The most infamous moment happened on August 24, 1894, when 37 workers suffocated in mine fire. It’s still one of the deadliest mine disasters ever in the state of Washington. All that’s left in the area now is Franklin ghost town, which is an overgrown, green hillside with several ruins. There is a parking lot near the site, which costs $5 per vehicle. It’s then a short trek up the hill (past the yellow gate at the end...

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Seattle Whale Watching | Puget Sound Express

Seattle Whale Watching | Puget Sound Express

Whales are truly amazing mammals, and we’re fortunate enough to have them in the Northwest. The only problem is: you rarely get to see them from shore. But spotting these stunning creatures is made much easier on a Seattle whale watching trip with Puget Sound Express. Puget Sound Express launches its Seattle whale watching tours out of Edmonds (they also host whale watching trips out of Port Townsend), which is technically 18 miles from downtown. It’s the only half-day (4-5 hours), guaranteed whale watching trip in Seattle. Yes, you are guaranteed to see whales – or – your next trip is free. Seattle whale watching tours typically take you to the San Juan Islands or through the Straight of Juan de Fuca to find orca, gray, humpback, and/or minke whales, but if you’re extremely lucky – like we were on our tour – you can spot whales right outside of Seattle. On our Seattle whale watching adventure (in early May), we found orca whales no more than 15 minutes...

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Isernio’s Sausage with Acorn Squash and Onions Recipe

Isernio’s Sausage with Acorn Squash and Onions Recipe

We love to try different restaurants around Seattle, but we also really enjoy cooking at home. This delicious dinner is a play off of a Martha Stewart Living recipe we love. Instead of using uncooked Italian sausage, we tried fully cooked Isernio’s sausage – a local company from Kent. Isernio’s offers three different types of fully cooked sausages: Sweet Italian Chicken with Parmesan, Apple Chicken, and Caprese Chicken with Mozzarella, Basil & Sun Dried Tomato. For this tasty recipe, we used Isernio’s Sweet Italian Chicken with Parmesan, which is made with fennel, sweet bell peppers, and shreds of Parmesan cheese. Isernio’s Sausage with Acorn Squash and Onions One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreHow Much Time 10 minutes prep 30 minutes total What You Need 1 package Isernio’s Sweet Italian Chicken with Parmesan sausage (four sausages) 1 acorn squash, halved, seeded, and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices 1 red onion, cut into 1/4 inch wedges 3 tablespoons olive oil Coarse salt and freshly ground...

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Isernio’s Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage

Isernio’s Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage

We’re all looking for ways to make life easier, right? I’m especially slow in the kitchen, so any assist I can get is helpful. That’s why I really enjoyed experimenting with Isernio’s fully cooked chicken sausages. We were recently contacted by Isernio’s – a local company from Kent – to try their new fully cooked chicken sausages. There are three different types: Sweet Italian Chicken with Parmesan Cheese, Caprese Chicken with Mozzarella, Basil & Sun Dried Tomato, and Chicken Apple. All flavors use chicken that is raised with no antibiotics, 100% vegetarian fed, and certified humanely raised and handled. Since the sausages come fully cooked, they are extremely easy to use and it helps save a bunch of time. It’s so simple, we actually tried three different preparations and recipes in a single week. We added the Sweet Italian Chicken with Parmesan Cheese to one of our favorite recipes (that usually asks for raw sausage). We simply roasted the sausages with the other ingredients to heat them up for serving....

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