This Weekend: Get Out and Smell the Flowers!

I’m sure many of you are  as excited as I am about the extra day in our weekend this coming Monday! With that in mind, I encourage all of you to get out and enjoy the last bit of sunshine we are going to be having on Saturday and Monday before the grey clouds come in, and our grass starts turning green again. I know many of you are going out of town, and because of the holiday there is not much going on, so I’m going to try something new this Saturday – it’s called Saturday Freestyle.

Saturday Freestyle is all about doing things you always want to do, but never take the time to accomplish. This includes going out to that new dog park you have been meaning to go to, visiting that new bar/restaurant you’ve heard rave reviews of, or even running the trails at Point Defiance!  This is a time to just get out of your shell and appreciate the fact that we live in a location where, in less than an hour, you can be at the base of Mount Rainier hiking, or at Owen’s beach renting a sea kayak to explore the waters of the PNW.

I’m really just throwing ideas out right now, but I have always wanted to ride the ferry from Steilacoom to Anderson Island and check out what’s over there. It’s one of the things I have not had the chance to experience, and I always find myself wondering what type of hole in the wall pub I can find, or whether there’s a sweet mom and pop dinner somewhere out there with the best BLT I have ever had… You get the idea; go out and have fun!

For those of you looking for structured fun, I found a few things for the weekend: you've got a chance to get in touch with your inner botanist and to get out of your summer “rut.” Call it two different takes on the birds and the bees...


Saturday September 5th, 2015

Get out of the Rut presented by Northwest Trek

Since I had so much fun with last week’s write up on Northwest Trek, I decided they deserve some more love for the awesome events they put on each weekend. This Saturday through Monday at NW Trek you can get a bit of a lesson about the birds and the bees - metaphorically speaking... Learn all about how sheep, deer, elk, and moose compete for the love and affection of their hopeful mates. This should be really interesting because, again, this is something that many people would never think about, let alone have an opportunity to see and experience – which is super cool.

For more information on this, visit Northwest Trek’s website. This shindig gets going around 11am for those that hate to be late, and continues until 5pm.


Sunday September 6th, 2015

Garden Tours presented by the Point  Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

For most of us, when you think about the zoo, you think about the giant polar bear playing with his ball in the water, or the majestic tiger sitting perched on his high rock overlooking the spectators as they gawk and take pictures. However, on the first Saturday of every month, Point Defiance Zoo’s Horticulturist gives an in-depth tour of why they chose the flowers and plants in each habitat, and how that plays into the animals’ natural surroundings. Go to these events and get some knowledge about how the small things like flowers and plants play into the big picture of keeping the animals happy and healthy.

This month's garden tour is all about the birds and the bees - literally; the theme is "Grow Wild - Attracting Backyard Wildlife," and it's all about how to attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other animals to your garden. You can take home some useful knowledge from the experts, and enjoy all the zoo has to offer - including the polar bears and tigers.

For more information on this event go to their website. This exploration starts at 10am sharp right inside the zoo gates, so you will need to pay the $15 for adults and $11 for children if you would like to attend.


Thank you for reading my weekly blog! If you have any events that you would like to see on my board please send them to and I will be sure to check them out. Again, I really enjoy writing this for you all each week and I hope you are already looking forward to next week’s shenanigans.

Your “Weekend Sherpa”,


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