The Views at Washington Pass

After our glorious morning hike to Blue Lake to see the larches, Adrienne drives us a short distance to Washington Pass for more gorgeous mountain views. Unlike Blue Lake, the views at Washington Pass are only a short walk from the parking lot. The larches here in Washington are alpine larches. They only grow at high altitudes….

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The Larches! The Larches!

Are you ready for Larch Madness?! I’m going to tell you about a place straight out of a fairytale, but you have to promise to keep it between us, OK? Roughly 3 hours northeast of Seattle lies one of the least visited national parks in our country – the North Cascades National Park. Carved out by…

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A Beautiful Wedding on the Beach

It’s a beautiful day for a wedding! After our morning dive, it’s time for the main event. The reason we’re all on this island. The Wheeler-Jones wedding, of course! The wedding is at Sunset House, about halfway between West End and West Bay. Fortunately the water taxi is only $3 per person and drops us…

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It’s Time for Turtles!

Today’s post is all about the turtles! I don’t really know why I find these guys so appealing, but any time I see one while diving, I just want to swim along with it, wherever it may go. We see turtles on four of our dives. Below is a selection of my favorite photos. There…

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Wreck Diving – Spooky or Intriguing?

You better check yourself before you wreck yourself! Yes, I think I’m hilarious. Today I’m sharing photos from our wreck dives. We end up diving 2 wrecks in Roatan – El Aguila and Prince Albert. During my planning for this trip, I read through 100 Diving Sites: Underwater Paradises Around the Globe for any recommendations of must-see dive…

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Diving Roatan’s Spectacular Reefs

It’s time to dive under the sea! I’ve been undecided on how to share photos taken on 10 different dives with you. I have nearly two-thousand pictures split between my trusty GoPro and my new Canon D30 waterproof camera. Our dive master Fernando, called me the paparazzi. Yep, I sneakily stalk fish and other sea creatures in…

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Relaxing in Roatan

Our first full day in Roatan dawns bright and sunny. And thank goodness – it’s our only day with no plans! We have a lot of diving in the days ahead, a wedding and a sailing trip, so it’s good to have one day where we can just relax and do nothing. After breakfast, we…

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Caribbean Vibes in West End

I know you probably won’t believe me when I tell you this, but it’s been almost a year since I’ve had a real vacation. I’m really looking forward to a few weeks off in Central America. I have done quite a bit of traveling this year, but some of it was for work and the rest was…

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How/Why – El Salvador

I know, I know. I skipped over all the fun Honduras posts. And I promise I’ll be sharing them shortly. But I’m just too excited to share my favorite El Salvador photos, and why I chose to go to this surprisingly fun country. Why El Salvador? As I mentioned before, Honduras was basically chosen for…

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How/Why – Roatan, Honduras

I’m so excited to share some of my favorite photos from Roatan, Honduras with you! I also want to share a bit more of my thought process around why I choose the locations I do, and how I plan my trips there. Obviously as I mentioned in my trip announcement post, I chose Roatan because…

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Elephants in Thailand

It’s taken me a long time to write this post as I have a lot of mixed feelings about this part of our trip to Thailand. Elephants are my favorite animal and have been for as long as I can remember (since I was 2, according to my mom). But despite that love, my direct…

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Rainier Reflections – The Agony and the Ecstasy

Yeah OK, so I steal Irving Stone book titles for my blog. And I can’t promise I won’t use any more. But if you ever see me title a blog with “Clarence Darrow for the Defense”, you’ll know I’ve run out of ideas. Climbing Mt Rainier is by far the hardest physical and mental challenge…

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