Monthly Archives: November 2011

Black Friday – Take the Hertz Trail

We decided to stay far from the malls and busy shopping centers this Black Friday, so we took a hike instead! An easy 6.2 mile round-trip walk following the shore of Lake Whatcom, the Hertz Trail was our walk of choice.

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The trail follows the old railroad grade that was once used to haul coal from of the Blue Canyon coal mine. One of my favorite hikes!

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Hike Between Storms

With the weather map showing one rain and wind storm after another coming our way, nice days for hiking seem far and few between. With an afternoon of calm between the storms, our local Whatcom Creek Trail seemed the perfect outing.

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Anacortes Hikes – The Tommy Thompson Trail

Hike three of the day in Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail. A former Burlington Northern Railroad grade that was last used by the late Tommy Thompson, a narrow gauge railway creator who dreamed of running his train along the Fidalgo Island shoreline, the Tommy Thompson trail leads you over Fidalgo Bay along a trestle and ends at Marches Point Road. With distant views of Mount Baker on a clear day, depending on where you access the trail, it is a very easy six to eight mile round trip walk.

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Anacortes Hikes – Cap Sante Marina and Lower Cap Sante Trail

Who can resist the waterfront when spending the day in Anacortes? Our second walk that day was around the Cap Sante Marina and the lower portion of the Cap Sante Trail.

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Anacortes Hikes – Loop Trail around Little Cranberry Lake

Three hikes in one day makes for a pretty spectacular time in Anacortes, Washington. Add fish and chips for lunch from the local bowling alley, San Juan Lanes, and a huge rootbeer float from Fidango Drive-In, and suddenly three hikes becomes a necessity in order to ward off all those extra calories. Our first hike, part of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, was the Loop Trail around Little Cranberry Lake. Getting its name from the wild cranberries that grow on the many grassy bogs, the trail hugs the shore of the lake and is an easy hike under two miles in length.

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