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Tagged With: Washington

In Search of the Best Mocha Latte

God must love us because he gave us the coffee bean.   We Pacific Northwesterners love coffee. After all, Starbucks was founded here in Seattle in 1971. Thanks to our obsession with the delicious brew, there are now 23,000 Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, with 560 in Washington State! Seattle boasts 142 alone. That is one for … Continue reading »

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Keeping the Family Tradition

Congratulations Elijah! Elijah kept the family tradition alive by winning the 2016 Great Kilted Run in Seattle last Sunday! He took first place overall, not bad for 14 years old. His older brother, Aaron, won the same race back to back in 2012 and 2013. Elijah wants to win the race again to at least … Continue reading »

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The Great Kilted Run 2016!

Calling all Highlanders! It’s back! After a two year hiatus, the Great Kilted Run has returned to Seattle. Start warming up, iron your kilt, and get in the Highlands spirit for August 28th! This unique 5K is held in Magnuson Park near Sandpoint just north of the University of Washington. The Wild Smithberrys have run … Continue reading »

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The Owl Whisperer

Volunteering is good for the community and you. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~Anne Frank For the past month and a half I have been volunteering weekly at the Northwest Raptor Center in Sequim. In these weeks I have rocked owls to sleep, … Continue reading »

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Top 10 Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest!

“In Washington for the next three weeks, hopefully I don’t go insane from boredom!” That’s an actual post by a friend of mine from the Academy, disagreeable about their summer training assignment. As a Midshipmen, once a summer it’s required we are stationed with a ship for four weeks with an enlisted “running mate” in … Continue reading »

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Mount Ellinor and Mountain Goats

The Wild Smithberrys summited Mount Ellinor! Why? Because it’s there. This Sunday we decided to go on a family hike up into the magnificent Olympic Mountains on another family adventure. Since the weather was cool and dry, we decided on a more strenuous climb. Plus, my wife really wanted to see the much adored, and … Continue reading »

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Spring is Here!

Spring means long walks in the woods! Spring is here! The apple and cherry trees are already blossoming around Seattle and the weather is getting warmer. We did not have much of a winter anyway. I know people from the north eastern part of the country probably do not want to hear that. They are … Continue reading »

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Ape Caves

Entrance to the Ape Cave Everyone always asks, “Why are they called Ape Caves?” Keep reading and I will try to explain. Our Boy Scout troop just returned from another camping expedition! We try to go camping every month: rain, shine, snow, or heat. The boys are usually up for getting out in the wild … Continue reading »

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Horseback Riding the Cascades

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELIJAH! Horseback Riding at Eagle Creek Ranch We have always believed that birthday should be about experiences, not objects. So, we usually try to find activities to give each other for birthdays gifts as a way to celebrate another age milestone. Our youngest son, Elijah, just turned 13 (another teenager in the family!). … Continue reading »

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Running Away Together for a Weekend

Roche Harbor – A Step Back in Time Day 2 3/4 We left one historical site on San Juan Island and headed for another. One of the many joys of visiting the San Juan Islands is the feeling of being in another world or era. Even though modern cosmopolitan Seattle is less than two hours … Continue reading »

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