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  • Elliott the Eagle

    Elliott the Eagle is our mascot here at Eagle Rise Real Estate, LLC. Every week, Elliott flies around the Greater Eastside area, South King County and sometimes beyond. His goal is to find different places in this amazing community that we live in to highlight and explore. You never know where he might end up each week!

    So, where has Elliott the Eagle landed this week?

    August 19, 2020
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    The Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point - Issaquah, WA

    Elliott was so excited because he was able to see his friend Rosey "fly" off of Poo Poo Point in Issaquah. She soared high above the trees and even soared by a friend of Elliott's who was also gliding above.

    Located off of Issaquah-Hobart Rd, Poo Poo Point is perched high above on West Tiger Mountain. On a beautiful, clear day you are bound to see either a lone paraglider gliding along above the trees or a whole bunch of them soaring through the air. 

    If you cut across the field where the paragliders land, you arrive at The Chirico Trail which will take you up all the way to the top where you might be able to see a paraglider launch off of the mountain. 
    The hike has moments where it is steep in many places but it is worth making the effort! It boasts a stunning view where you can see for miles and miles. 

    Something to keep in mind, especially on sunny days; Parking is sparse. Although there is a parking lot, it gets full fast. There is parking down the road in places as well as a $5.00 parking on the opposite side of the road at a private residence. Parking along the road is not allowed.

    If you are interested in taking a tandem paragliding ride like Elliott's friend Rosey, visit Tiger Mountain Paragliding at 
    f you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at Debbi@EagleRiseRealEstate.com.

    July 29, 2020
    Bridle Trails State Park

    July 16, 2020
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    Boehm's Candies - Issaquah

    Elliott the Eagle swooped down to Issaquah and landed at Boehm's Candies on Gilman Blvd. He loves chocolate and had heard about this special gem of a chocolate shop. He was not disappointed! In 1942, Julius Boehm opened up his chocolate shop in the Ravenna area in Seattle after immigrating from Austria. In 1956, he then moved his shop to its present location nestled in the Issaquah Foothills. This means that it has been making delectable chocolates for 63 years here in Issaquah! The current owner, Bernard Garbusjuk, trained and worked alongside Julius Boehm until he took over for him 35 years ago which means the care and traditions of Boehm's have been carried on continuously throughout the years. This is very evident when you visit this charming candy shop.

    Debbi volunteered to join Elliott and be the official taste-tester for Eagle Rise Real Estate. She of course had a really hard time choosing her favorite. However, she did say that the truffles were "to die for and melted gloriously in her mouth." (true quote)

    Boehm's Candies offer self-guided as well as guided tours that show the process of how their tasty chocolates are made. Just a bit of warning: taking the tour will make you even more hungry for their chocolates! Yum!

    The pristine grounds also boast parklike areas as well as the High Alpine Chapel, which is a replica of a 12th-century chapel located in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Such a beautiful location for a small wedding!

    For a wealth of information on Boehm's Candies, visit their extensive website. They have information on their history, tours, chapel, and classes. Boehm's history is really worth reading about. Most importantly the website tells you how to order their delicious chocolates and candies! With over 100 chocolates and candies, there are a lot to choose from!


    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.

    June 18, 2020

    Denny Creek Area - Snoqualmie Pass

    Elliott the Eagle really wanted to head to the mountains and so he headed up Snoqualmie Pass. Even though it was a bit wet on the day he went, he still felt it was worth it. He ended up at the South Fork Snoqualmie River right at the start of the Franklin Falls Hike. The river is extra full right now due to the rain and the melting snow, and the river crashing over the beautiful, smoothed-out rocks was an incredible sight. He wasn't actually able to do any of the nearby hikes this trip up but has done all of them in the past. The hikes right along there are the Franklin Falls Hike, the Denny Creek-Melakwa Lake Hike, and the Wagon Road Trail Hike. The Franklin Falls Hike is fairly easy and follows the cascading river ensuring some great views and opportunities for some amazing pictures. Being only a 2-mile roundtrip hike, it is quite family-friendly. The Denny Creek-Lake Melakwa Hike is fantastic too. The first part of the hike leads you up to some natural rock waterslides which are fun to slide down. Just be sure to wear an old bathing suit or shorts since two of Elliott's friends had the back end of their shorts ripped out last time they slid down the rocks! The second part of the hike is a lot more rigorous and not for the faint of heart. It is not really ready for hiking yet due to a lot of snow higher up. Those who have attempted it recently recommend waiting longer before attempting unless you have snow gear such as poles and spiked shoes. It is worth waiting for! Finally, The Wagon Road Trail Hike is an easier 2-mile hike roundtrip. If you want to follow a piece of history this is the hike for you. If you keep your eyes peeled you will see old wagon ruts and remnants from where the pioneers came across in their wagons.
    Here are links for these amazing hikes.
    Franklin Falls: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/franklin-falls
    Denny Creek: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/denny-creek
    Malakwa Lake: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/melakwa-lake
    Wagon Road Trail Hike: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/wagon-road-1

    Keep in mind if you choose to head up to check the river out that the bathrooms at the head of the Franklin Falls trail are closed. 

    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.
    June 11, 2020
    Newcastle Beach Park - Bellevue

    Now that parks are opening up again, Elliott really wanted to visit one on the water. This week he chose to visit Newcastle Beach Park located off of Exit 9 of I405. It is a fantastic park for all ages and is very family-friendly. Although the playground and covered eating area are not open yet there are still plenty of experiences to have here. The expansive grassy field is perfect for badminton or volleyball. You could even bring your croquet set or bocce ball and enjoy some outdoor recreation time. Elliott saw a couple of teens tossing a frisbee around and wanted to join in. The sandy beach area has a contained swimming area that looks like it would be fun to swim at in warmer weather. It even has an outdoor shower to rinse off in which is always great after swimming in a lake! Elliott wasn’t sure about when or if the lifeguards are going to be on duty, so that is something to verify for yourself. There is also a path through the woods on the south side of the park. And the best thing yet? Bald eagles are frequently spotted here so Elliott was happy meeting some new friends!

    For more information visit: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/parks/parks-and-trails/parks/newcastle-beach-park

    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.

    May 28, 2020
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    Squak Mountain State Park - Issaquah

    What a beautiful, sunny day! On one of Elliott’s exploring flights, he spotted a gem nestled at the base of Squak Mountain. Located on May Valley Rd, Squak Mountain State Park is made up of 13 miles of hiking trails exploring over Squak Mountain (the mountain in between Tiger Mountain and Cougar Mountain). Apparently, a favorite trail is the Bullitt Fireplace Trail which leads up to a stone fireplace which is all that is remaining from the 1952 home of the Bullitt Family. Elliott was not able to travel there yet, but he is looking forward to doing it soon. There is also a .3 mile interpretive walk called the Pretzel Tree Trail. It follows Field Mouse who discovers the importance of ecosystems. Elliott stopped in Issaquah and picked up some amazing tacos and brought them to the park and utilized one of the picnic tables before his hike. He hopes that you can also enjoy this park and its trails.

    A couple of things to keep in mind: Because this is a state park, a Discover Pass is necessary. To purchase a Discover Pass visit https://discoverpass.wa.gov/133/Where-to-Buy. Also, the bathrooms were not open when Elliott was there.

    If you have suggestions where you would like to see Elliott the Eagle travel to next please email us at debbi@eagleriserealestate.com.

    May 21, 2020