Kili Training Hikes: Tiger Mt

Way back when I was 19 or 20 years old, I started to get into hiking. My family was more into team sports and car camping, so we didn’t do much hiking growing up. The first trail I ever did was Tiger Mt, specifically West Tiger 3, in what is known as the Issaquah Alps….

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Kili Training Hikes: Bandera Mt

One of the pros of living in the Pacific North West is easy access to great hiking with beautiful views. One of the cons is that everyone has easy access. Even the tucked in, out of the way places see major traffic on beautiful weekends in the spring and summer. This Saturday, Amy and I hiked…

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Snowy Aspen

Back in 2012 I took nearly 10 weeks off from work to travel to various destinations around the US and the world. It wasn’t taken all at once, but spread out over the entire year, ending with a month in India for a friends wedding. The first trip was to Aspen to visit my friend…

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The Amazing Race

When you travel the world, you get to try a lot of new things, most you wouldn’t ever get to do at home. It’s part of the allure of seeing what’s beyond your backyard. Being able to literally put your hands on history is an incredible and life changing experience. But while being a tourist…

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Kili Training Hikes: Mt Si

Last weekend I did a training hike up Mt Si. For those who aren’t from this area, Mt Si is considered by most of the city as the hike to do to be able to call yourself a real hiker. It’s only about 45 minutes from downtown Seattle and at 8 miles RT and 3100′ elevation,…

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb

I’m home and finally caught up on both work and sleep. The last week in Sydney was packed! Tuesday night we had dinner with the entire Australian Finance and HR teams which ended up being a late night of eating and drinking. We went to a place called China Doll, a modern Asian food restaurant…

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Fantastic Views of the Blue Mountains

Tara, Aarron and I woke up really early Sunday morning to catch the train out to the Blue Mountains. Aarron had planned a great day for us, seeing the Three Sisters, riding cable cars, and having high tea at the Hydro Majestic hotel. When we arrived in Katoomba, we let all the backpackers who were…

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Getting Sunburned at Manly Beach

Another weekend in Sydney is in the books, and sadly, it’s my last. I leave on Friday, but not before a long (and by long, I mean short) week of work, and a bunch of fun activities planned for the evenings. But I’ll update you on those after they happen. This weekend I got one…

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My First Week in Sydney

Sydney has to be the most American foreign city I’ve ever been to. It’s like a cross between Seattle and San Diego, with a bunch of London culture thrown in to keep it interesting. I’ve only been here a few days but it feels like years. It’s a very different and fun experience. My flight…

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Do You Come From The Land Down Under

I don’t often travel for work. I’ve been to Chicago twice for training and that’s it. Those trips were both great and I enjoyed them, but I just found out today that I’ll be heading to Australia at the end of next month to help with an audit for two weeks!! I’m kind of freaking…

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Heartbreak at Super Bowl XLIX

It’s taken a few days to process, but I think I can finally talk about it without crying. That Super Bowl. What a way to go. I don’t want to get into all the shoulda, coulda, woulda. I just want to talk about how great the experience was otherwise. I mean, I went to the…

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