Both real and virtual...
The Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group: This is a fantastic organization working on restoring salmon habitat and the riparian environment in the Skagit River watershed.
Mesa Verde National Park: (CO) is one of my favorite places on earth. When I taught in Colorado, my 4th graders and I would spend a week down there every spring. If you ever get a chance to go there, you won't regret it. Don't forget to ask me for directions to the "secret, hidden" kiva before you go.
Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms: Don't miss this weekend every autumn.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Who hasn't heard of this festival? I even met a couple from Holland a few years ago who came to the festival to see if our tulip fields were truly as amazing as they had heard. And, yes, they were amazed!
The University of Wisconsin: The original UW. Go Big Red!Columbia College: One of my almae matres. (Keep in flight with John H. White.)Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin: Our older son is a sophomore Red Hawk, studying biology and chemistry and playing soccer.Skagit Valley College: Our amazing local community college.McIntyre Hall: The best performing arts center in the Pacific Northwest.Devil's Lake State Park: (WI) I still remember my first to Devil's Lake, and that was almost 50 years ago. (Mr. Hunter, you are O-L-D.) I think this was the first place I truly experienced what I thought to be wilderness. Over the years, I have taken countless trips to Devil's Lake with friends and family and solo to camp, climb, hike, swim, and canoe. For me, Devil's Lake instilled a true love of the environment, nature, the silent sports, and the outdoors.Kettle Moraine State Forest: (WI) Some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest can be found at "Kettles". Be sure to stop by the General Store and have Sprecher Root Beer after your ride.
Dick's Drive In: The PNW classic drive-in restaurant that serves world class burgers, fries, and shakes. Just read the kids' reviews below...
Raygen: "Dick's Drive In is the best place ever!"
Aurora: "Their food is so cool! I love it!"
Lane: "Amazing! Just amazing burgers!"
Brent: "I wish I could eat at Dick's Drive In every day."
Chas: "These are the best burgers in the universe!"
Kat: "Dick's makes the most wonderful milkshakes I have ever tasted!"
Maxwell: "6 out 5 stars!"
Izzy: "Forget 5 Stars! Dick's burgers are 100 Stars!"
Teagan: "What's Dick's Drive In?" (Will she find an answer to that all-important life question?)
Teagan: "Just fabulous! Absolutely fabulous!" (Which all-important life's question will Teagan answer next?)
Charlotte: (LC Class of 2016 and Brooks's older sister) still holds the 5th grade record of eating 4 Dick's Burgers on our way home from the Museum of Flight.