BUZZKILL WARNING 2015 – But Keep Loving America

“Weeee just wanna celebraaaaate.” WAIT! did you bring yer creepy mannequin to the park to make an example out of them?!!??!?!?!?! Nooooooooo!!!!!!

Ohhh, that’s an example of what COULD happen in meat-space. Gotcha.

  • Don’t hold explosive in kitchen-gloved hand.
  • Don’t stare into angry-hellfire cup of coffee.
  • Don’t leave watermelon out for government employees.

Check. We all understand this, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight? Great.

*Please also remember to not bring your fireworks or creepy mannequins to any King County Parks this holiday weekend. We can’t replace our parks, your mannequins or your fingers.

Hugs from your favorite non-nanny agency.

What’s this?!? You say you’re not bummed about the fireworks/mannequins ban, but still want to celebrate in a county park? Shucks. We have a solution for you! Well, not us, but the amazing City of Carnation [love these guys + they were judged best tasting water in King County] and the Carnation 4th of July Committee. Turns out, they put on a little 4th of July Celebration, and we host the parking, seating, and a few other shenanigans.

So why don’t you come on out to Carnation, and Tolt-MacDonald Park, to celebrate our independence with one majorly awesome day this July 4th? Yeeeeeee Hawwww,’Merica and all that!

See you Monday.

East Lake Sammamish Trail is Officially Open!


The E.L.S.T. is open people. You may again ride from the north end all the way in to Issaquah. Thanks for your patience during construction and now please enjoy a weekend ride on the east side of the lake. Keeping in mind of course that everything south of Inglewood Hill is still soft surface, BUT THAT NORTH END IS BUTTER!

Summer Adventure Alert: Snoqualmie River Floating.

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In the words of Modest Mouse: we’ll all float on; and in the words of Kourtney Kardashian: literally. But actually, come on out to Fall City Floating on the Snoqualmie River at King County’s Fall City Community Park and get your float on. Floaters can either rent a tube or bring their own. The leisurely float begins a half mile from Snoqualmie Falls, continues down the scenic Snoqualmie River and ends at Fall City Bridge. A shuttle transports floaters up the river. The 4 mile float is currently taking 4-5 hours so make sure you allocate sufficient time to meander down the river. Fall City Floating is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9am to 8pm and accepts both reservations and walk-ins. Check out the Facebook page for more information or the float Snoqualmie blog for history and general info. Oh! One more thing: THERE IS A GROUPON.

This is a great summertime adventure, but as with all water fun, you have to be extra careful. Rivers can be especially dangerous because they pose threats such as logs, rocks and inconsistent water flow. Seattle-King County Public Health’s water safety page recommends that river users:

  • “Wear a PFD (personal flotation device)”. Safety is stylish!
  • “Do not use alcohol or drugs when recreating on the river”. This means no more canoozing (drunk canoeing) or floatoozing- okay I made that one up, but you get the idea.
  • “Watch children closely when they are on or near any type of water; stay close enough to reach them immediately”. Those little buggers can disappear – quick!
  • “Choose safer swimming options with lifeguards present, such as a beach, lake or pool”. Lifeguards provide safety and a great view ;).

We’ll all float on…safely.

Summer Hike Idea: Margaret’s Way

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On National Trails Day (June 6), King County Parks and the WTA unveiled the new Margaret’s Way hike in the Issaquah Alps. The hike is a short 15 minute drive from Seattle. To access the hike from I-90, take exit 15 signed Lake Sammamish/Renton Highway 900. Turn right onto Highway 900/Renton-Issaquah Road and go south for 3.3 miles. Turn left into a driveway off the side of the road and park in one of the 24 parking spaces. Click here for a map. Hikers begin their trek by walking up the short access road to the trail head. From there, the hike meanders up the Cougar/Squak Corridor through big leaf maples, mossy overgrowth and large cedars. The trail technically finishes at Five Corners but hikers are encouraged to continue onto Debbie’s View; a picturesque sight of Mt. Rainier. At around 5.5 miles round trip and with an elevation gain of 1500 ft., this is an excellent day hike. So come check it out for a fun summertime adventure!