• Floats for the Fight: Wilkeson Handcar Races

    Washington state is filled with small towns that were once booming logging, coal mining and railroad towns. One of our favorites, Wilkeson, is just 5 minutes down the road from us in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Along the route to the Northwest entrance of Mount Rainier, Wilkeson has a population of 486 full time residents and relies heavily on the support of tourists who travel through the town on their way to hike along the Carbon River or Mowich Lake. One of the best weekends to visit Wilkeson is during the annual Handcar Races. On the third Saturday in July of every year local teams race railroad handcars on an…

  • Enumclaw Series: Introduction

    “Enumclaw may come across as a cow town if you’re just passing through, but its much more diverse and sophisticated after a closer look”. That’s what Enumclaw’s resident brewer, Eric Brandjes, was quoted as saying in the February feature article in Sunset Magazine’s Where to Go This Weekend series about the town that Belinda and I have been known to paint blue on more than one occasion. In fact, Enumclaw is such a fun community, full of small town charm, that when we decided to put down our roots, we decided Enumclaw was a place we wanted to call home. Belinda and her hubby  recently purchased an older craftsman home…