March 04 2015
Written By
Josey Orr
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Pathfinders: Great Wild Open

Our Pathfinders series is a collection of guest posts from Adventurers all around the world. If you'd like to contribute, please send an email to Today's post is by our friends at Great Wild Open.

There are some days (unfortunately) where there isn't enough time to get a hike in. Maybe you have friends or family in town who might not want to commit to a hike but want to experience a glimpse of the outdoors here. Maybe you just want to get out for a drive and see something new. Here's a trip we like to take for a number of different reasons and we'd like to share it with you.

I met our friend Mary at Analog Coffee, we were both running a bit late on this morning. With 3:00pm deadlines to be back in the city we were restrategizing our excursion for the day, having to shelve our longer hike for another time. Sitting in the car with the doors open and maps out I asked if she’d ever been to Eagle Falls, “you know, out on Hwy 2? You pull off the freeway and it’s right there?” “Never been.” She put the wind right back in my sails, and I guided her out to Eagle Falls. We had just enough time to take a drive out there, stop for food at one of my favorite BBQ places in Washington, and be back by our deadline. One of our favorite activities to do is to take people to places they haven’t experienced before, and I’d been long overdue for a hang out at Eagle Falls. It was one of those grey sky days without the rain and Eagle Falls was snow free. Without sun Eagle Falls’ color’s stay in hues of deep blue-greens, and in the isolated pools muted orange/greens. Bleached rocks with washed out moss colors clinging to the sides separate the waters from each other. While climbing around, Mary told me she felt inspired to return for a new photography project. It’s a thrilling feat to help someone see something new that inspires them to take on their own project. Elated, I told her I couldn’t wait to see what she had in mind!

Eagle Falls or Mile Marker 38 depending on who you talk to is directly off Highway 2 below an unmarked turnout. Standing at a closed gate for the Deception Falls trailhead 5 years ago, another disappointed hiker gave us a tip to check this place out on the way back to Seattle. We’re glad we did, Eagle Falls has become one of our staples. During the summer it's one of our favorite swimming holes and cliffs jumping spots. In the winter it's a fun excursion without needing to head out with tons of gear, and it's one of our favorite places to take friends to. What we think makes this a great stop is that in a small amount of space there is so much going on!

We can’t stop eating at Old School BBQ when we’re in the area. It sits outside the Reptile Zoo in Monroe. It’s not necessarily a restaurant but that’s one of the things we love about it, one bus prepares your food the second one is to eat in. A couple originally from Texas runs the operation, and they’ve always been a joy to talk to. The food is mouth watering and we wish it was closer. If you haven’t been and enjoy BBQ we’d stop, make sure to check out the second bus set up for eating. The majority of the time I’m eating the kid’s brisket--you know--trying to enjoy within moderation.

See you guys out there!


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