Rainier Training Hike: Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls is a hike I did a lot in my early days of hiking. When I lived in Mukilteo, the Stevens Pass corridor was a lot closer and it’s where I spent much of my outdoor time. Now living in Seattle, I don’t get out there as much, so it was a nice change…

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Oregon Coast: Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda

When most people think of Oregon, the beach probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The Pacific Northwest isn’t known as a tropical paradise, but our beaches definitely have their own appeal, and those who venture out here, even during the winter, are rewarded with some incredible views. One of my favorite beaches…

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Oregon Coast: Lincoln City to Depoe Bay

Do you ever just want to get away from it all? Throw your stuff in your car and drive to the beach for a few days? I did that very thing last weekend. My friend Adrienne has family friends with a condo on Cascade Head near Lincoln City on the Oregon coast, and they have graciously…

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Munich – The Capitol of Bavaria

You may (or may not) have noticed my lack of posts lately. As you probably know, my hard drive crashed a few weeks ago, and I sent it in to a clean room to extract the data. Well, unfortunately, that didn’t work. The disk is scratched and they were unable to retrieve my pictures. I’m completely…

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Dream Destination – Peru

Since I’m currently in the middle of a digital dilemma with a lot of my photos out of reach and new ones not yet able to be loaded, today I am going to tell you about a bucket list destination I’ve been wanting to take for ages but haven’t been able to fit in yet…

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Rainier Training Hike: Little Si

Winter isn’t necessarily the best time of the year to go hiking in Washington. It’s cold, wet, and sometimes there’s even snow on the trails closer to the city. But it also means there’s less (not none, just less) people out on the trails. After our last hike up Rattlesnake Ledge, Lori and I want…

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Spice Girls in Las Vegas

Once again, I’d like to apologize for the quality of photos in this post. These were taken waaaaay back in 2007, before I upgraded to a digital camera. How did we ever manage before we had unlimited space and we could see the shots we got, right after we took them? Confession – I didn’t want…

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The Perils of Having Dogs

This is a story of what not to do with your external hard drive that has every picture you’ve taken on your travels for the last 11 years on it. A few months ago, I had my hard drive sitting on my coffee table. My dogs, darlings that they are, managed to knock it off….

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UAE Breakdown and Travel Tips

I really enjoyed my time in the United Arab Emirates. Those seven days just flew by. I went into this trip expecting there to be a lot of downtime, relaxing on the beach, floating in the water and catching up on my reading. Little did I know exactly how much there is to do! We…

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Dubai Nights – Beaches, Souks and Other Miscellany

Well, here we are. My last post on Dubai, except the final breakdown tomorrow. Today I want to share with you all the various photos that I took that didn’t seem to fit with any other post so far. There are quite a few, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the show… While Dubai is…

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Ski Dubai – Skiing in the Desert

Have I convinced you that Dubai is one of the weirdest cities yet? No? What if I tell you about the time I went skiing – in the middle of the desert? Cuz let me tell you, that was weird (and cool!). Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates. Walking through a mall,…

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Behind the Scenes – Making a Cookbook

I promise I’ll be back next week to wrap up my time in Dubai, but first I want to tell you about a project my friend Suzie is working on! Suzie and I have been friends since we were 4 years old which means we’re coming up on 29 years of friendship. That’s insane! 5…

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