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Cascade Loop

September 28, 2017

Visit the American Alps…and that’s just one section of the Cascade Loop! The Cascade Loop is a scenic drive that covers 440 miles through nine distinct regions in Washington State. You’ll encounter pristine lakes, like Ross Lake, pictured above, breathtaking mountain passes, dense alpine forests, wide open valleys, and glacier-clad peaks, giving rise to the nickname, […]

Run Like a Girl Bellingham

September 12, 2017

Coming October 7, 2017. Tiaras and tutus are optional! Run Like a Girl Bellingham is a non-competitive (read: fun!) event supporting Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower young girls. It’s mostly women but the guys are welcome too in this half marathon or 10K over the Interurban Trail, often referred to as Washington’s Big […]

Galloping Gertie Half Marathon

August 8, 2017

Coming August 12, 2017. Do you know Gertie? Galloping Gertie is the nickname for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington that famously swayed, twisted, and collapsed into Puget Sound back in 1940 on a particularly windy day. The bridge has since been rebuilt (and is structurally sound now!) and is the location of the Galloping Gertie […]

Omak Stampede

August 7, 2017

Coming August 10, 2017. A weekend of western entertainment! It’s the 84th Annual Omak Stampede in the heart of the picturesque, high desert valley of north-central Washington state. Expect parades, carnival games, and the ever-popular bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bull dogging, steer wrestling, and barrel racing. Plus, celebrating Native American culture, the Indian Encampment and Pow Wow, sponsored […]

Ellensburg Rodeo

July 25, 2017

Coming September 1, 2017. Dust off your cowgirl hat, put on your chaps, and get ready for the Ellensburg Rodeo! Known as the most centrally located city in the state of Washington, Ellensburg has hosted the Rodeo since 1923. It is the largest in the state with over 600 contestants and prize money in excess […]

Hiking Washington’s History and Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities

July 14, 2017

Girl power: in 1876, Clara McCarty was the very first graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. Just one of the many nuggets of information packed in these two books by Judy Bentley: Hiking Washington’s History and Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities. Hiking Washington’s History weaves historical highlights and slices of what life was like for both […]

Tour de Lavender

June 27, 2017

Coming August 5, 2017. Cycle the sweetest smelling tour around! It’s the Tour de Lavender in Sunny Sequim (pronounced: “skwim”). Known throughout Washington as one of the few areas in this often rainy state that experiences sunny skies, a mediterranean climate, and low rainfall, Sequim also is well known for its fields of lavender, rivaling those […]

Twilight Half Marathon

June 22, 2017

Coming July 8, 2017. If you’re not a morning person, here’s a race for you! It’s the Twilight Half Marathon held in Vancouver, Washington (yes, Washington, right near the border of Oregon). Sleep in, take it easy, have a nice lunch (maybe at the Portland Saturday Market just a short drive away), stretch, and be ready […]

Festival of Sail

June 12, 2017

Coming June 15, 2017. Ahoy, maties! It’s the Festival of Sail at Foss Waterway in Tacoma, Washington. Watch the parade of more than 25 ships sail into Puget Sound, get the chance to step aboard these impressive historic tall ships, and even set sail on them for the day. And just for the fun of […]

Women’s Transformational Kayak Journeys

June 7, 2017

Coming July 28 and August 11, 2017. Find your focus with Women’s Transformational Kayak Journeys. A 3-day trip starts from Bainbridge Island and travels across the Rich Passage in Washington’s Puget Sound to Blake Island. You’ll set up camp on Blake Island and enjoy kayaking, yoga, walking explorations of the island, beach art, delicious organic food, […]

Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails

June 6, 2017

The only nationally designated salt water trail in the US. It’s the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, a collection of 12 trails that wrap around 371 miles of shoreline in Washington State. Each trail is not more than 15 miles long, making them the perfect length for a day trip. Experience outstanding natural beauty with views of […]

2017 Swim Defiance

May 26, 2017

Coming June 3, 2017. It’s Swim Defiance…not defiance as is bold disobedience, but Defiance as in Point Defiance, an area in Tacoma, Washington. But you will need a little (or maybe a lot!) of boldness to complete this 5K open swim in the chilly waters of Commencement Bay. (Water temp is estimated at 56-60 degrees F.) […]

Maritime Gig Festival and Blessing of the Fleet

May 25, 2017

Coming June 3, 2017. Small town charm at its best! It’s the annual Maritime Gig Festival and Blessing of the Fleet in Washington’s Gig Harbor, named one of Smithsonian Magazines Top Five Small Towns. This two-day event features a festive parade, classic car show, local food, live entertainment, and a family fun run. Stroll along the picturesque waterfront […]

Vashon Sheepdog Classic

May 10, 2017

Coming June 8, 2017. Have you heard…or should we say herd?! It’s the Vashon Sheepdog Classic! Take a ferry over to Vashon Island, just 20 minutes west of Seattle, to watch a unique competition that celebrates the abilities of our four-legged friends as they compassionately herd sheep through a series of courses designed to show off their skills. This popular […]

Northwest Maritime Center’s Race to Alaska

April 14, 2017

Coming June 8, 2017. Push your limits on the water. It’s the Race to Alaska (R2AK) hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center. Start in Port Townsend, Washington and travel 750 miles to Ketchikan, Alaska. No motors – just human or wind power. No support – nobody following along with a food drop, no pre-arranged help, […]

Riverdance Soapworks

March 21, 2017

Your multipurpose outdoor body care solution! Our friends at Riverdance Soapworks have some fantastic products that are hand crafted in Washington State that will be your one stop answer when you’re doing your TrailblazerGirl thing. When hiking, The Other Walking Stick will serve as your insect repellent and antibacterial and deodorant and moisturizer and more. It comes in […]

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

March 20, 2017

Coming April 2017. Happy first day of Spring! Celebrate Spring with the beauty of millions of colorful flowers at the Tulip Festival in Washington’s Skagit Valley. This area, just about an hour north of Seattle, is awash with blooms in April (though some of the daffodils are starting to peak out right now). The local tulip growers […]

Urban Trails: Kitsap

February 9, 2017

A pocket-sized resource filled with treasures! The Urban Trails: Kitsap is your guide to 36 trails in the Key Peninsula, Kitsap Peninsula, and Bainbridge Island areas of Washington State. This guide has two missions: (1) to promote fitness and get you outside and (2) to promote the local parks, preserves, and trails in urban areas. […]

Snowshoe Routes: Washington

February 2, 2017

Get out and explore! For those of us here in the Pacific Northwest or planning to visit, we have found an excellent resource to help you do this. The most current edition (3rd Edition) of Snowshoe Routes: Washington is loaded with invaluable information to assist you in making the most of the winter weather in the […]

Mount Rainier: Ranger Guided Snowshoe Walks

January 12, 2017

If you can walk, you can snowshoe! So said a ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. And yes, it was true, if you can walk, you will certainly enjoy snowshoeing, especially if it’s at Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the state of Washington and the fifth national park in the United States. During the […]

Rain Run

January 10, 2017

Coming January 21, 2017. Now’s your chance to splash through the puddles! It’s the Rain Run held in, where else, but the Pacific Northwest! This half marathon is a pleasant (albeit wet!), flat, out-and-back course along the Sammamish River Trail, between Redmond and Woodinville, just east of Seattle. This is a boutique event that is limited […]

Gig Harbor Turkey Trot

November 23, 2016

Coming November 24, 2016. Awarded one of the best small towns in America, Gig Harbor hosts a popular Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Before you settle down to partake of your turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, work off some of those anticipated calories with a 5K or 10K race. The course takes you along […]

2016 Maris Farms Haunted Woods

October 5, 2016

Now through October 31, 2016. This one’s for you thrill seekers! The Maris Farms Haunted Woods in Buckley, Washington, a little over an hour south of Seattle, is a “tour of terror” that includes a cast of creepy, scary characters that jump out at you. Trek through a half mile corn maze only to be […]

Mud & Chocolate Weekend

September 22, 2016

Coming November 5-6, 2016. Calling all chocolate lovers! It’s the Mud and Chocolate Weekend at the Redmond Watershed Preserve! If you’re a Chocoholic, there’s a 4.5 mile run on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. The course takes you through the wide dirt trails surrounded by an old growth forest of Hemlocks and Douglas Firs, […]