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.)The Seattle Kraken: We have faith in newest team in the NHL.Western Washington University: My oldest son is a Political Science major and Spanish Minor at WWU.Linfield University: My younger son is at Linfield studying psychology and playing soccer. Go Wildcats!Washington Rush Soccer Club in Everett is is a fantastic soccer club. Our younger son played on Rush B'03.They won the 2019 San Diego Surf Cup, the 2019 RCL Division 1 League Championship, and the 2020 Washington State Cup Championship.Skagit Valley College: Our amazing local community college.McIntyre Hall: A beautiful performing arts center in Mount Vernon.Devil's Lake State Park: (WI) I still remember my first outing at 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.Crested Butte, CO: One of my favorite places to ski, fish, hike, and ride.Kettle Moraine State Forest: (WI) Some of the best mountain biking in the Midwest can be found at "Kettles". top 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! I give Dick's burgers 100 Stars!"
Teagan: "What's Dick's Drive In?"
Charlotte: (LC Class of 2016) still holds the 5th grade record of eating 4 Dick's Burgers on our way home from the Museum of Flight.