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Swan’s Trail farm

Still-life of Honeycrisp Apple

Fall is the perfect time to take a day trip to pick apples, partake in Apple festivities and celebrate the harvest. Washington state produces almost 60% of the nations supply of apples.

Apple picking starts from mid September till October. Washington being famous for home grown apples, there are many nearby places around Seattle for Apple picking.

It was Sunday and the weather was in our favor, sunny and bright.  We drove  to  Snohomish, Swan’s trail farm 25 minutes from Bothell. The farm has corn maze, pumpkin patch, kids play zone, farm animals, of course apple orchard with Honey crisp, Gala and Jonagold varieties, fresh bakery outlet and much more.

Entrance of Swan’s trail farm

At the entrance of the farm there is an old truck and a tractor giving rustic look to it. The greenery around them made these objects stand out. Kids were having fun around it. Being Sunny afternoon I grabbed a shady place and did a quick sketch of it. These old farm vehicles attracted kids and people to click pictures. Later, we took the trail to pick apples. I remembered my childhood days of apple orchard visited in Shimla, India. Our daughter was super excited to pluck the apples. It was her second visit to this farm, so she was the guide for each event out there. Trees were fully loaded with red apples and indeed they were sweet and juicy. The freshness of picking an apple straight from the tree and eating it, is simply delightful! All of the juice drips down your chin and it tastes quite different from a store bought Apple.

We sat in a high wagon, with bales of hay as chairs, which was something completely different. The wagon took us back to the entrance of the farm.

It was amazing to walk in the farm and pick apples of our choice. There were few cherry trees too.It was great fun to sketch those red Gala apples in the beautiful serene nature.

Gala Apples

Along with apples we enjoyed roasted corn and fresh farm fries with cheese and, of course apple cider. There was also  a pumpkin patch  and it was fun to walk around in the pumpkin fields.

Entrance to Pumpkin Patch

After spending a relaxed afternoon, we headed home. It was great family time together and a wonderful, fun-filled afternoon! We were ready and rejuvenated to face Monday!!

Stevens Pass


Its Friday again! Now that the weekend is finally here, we are ready to kick back and relax. The very thought of not waking up to an alarm is so delightful, isn’t it? You certainly need to rest after working hard all week long. We too had tranquilizing Saturday morning and suddenly to make it more merrier we planned for long drive through the woods and destination was Stevens Pass.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating, there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. – John Ruskin

Being fascinated by the word ‘Snow’ since childhood, seen and fantasized only in stories, cartoons and movies,  Seattle gave us the exposure of Snow flurries too. Though city doesn’t adore heavy snowfall but nearby surroundings does. 60 miles from Seattle 1 hour 30 minutes drive take you to Skiing mountain i.e. Stevens Pass. Its about experiencing the mountains in their natural state and a heart-thumping passion for powder and gravity. Our reverence for nature runs deep. At Stevens, learning the terrain and the sport is a lifelong adventure.

With all winter and rain gears, we were set for adventure of skiing and beautiful scenic drive. Listening to the melodies of Bollywood singers the commuting of U.S. Highway 2 was amazing. The greenery of forests and high peaks of mountain drag to nature’s beauty. There is so much more to these mountains than rock, slopes and snow. Stevens magnetism makes you explore all the avenues. The play with white powder, making snow man and trying skiing is memorable. Apart from skiing areas the snow on trees and surroundings was soft as if white tiny granules blanket covering it. It was amusing to walk on the white surface, getting legs sink into. The reflection of blue vault of heaven was seen on the snow. Though the snow was cold as it bit our fingers and cool breeze kissed our cheeks, but it was fun.

All skiing equipment’s are available on rent. The Lift to the peak of mountain visualizes the luscious dark green trees and pure white snow underneath the blue sky. Night Skiing can also be enjoyed.

The peace and serenity at pinnacle relaxes the soul completely. The scenic tour of mountain with lift (cable car) is worth taking.  After enjoying the deep powder of Stevens Pass, relaxing in a retreat as picturesque as these surroundings is enthralling. The Lodges at the base provides delicious hot grills and pizzas. The barbecue smell at the outdoors catch your taste buds. Indeed its an altogether different adventure with ‘Snow’.


19 March 2016 – Snow Condition

Experience the quieter side of Stevens Pass and a historic beautiful setting of classic skiing, skate skiing or snowshoeing. Surely a place not to miss in Washington.