Rainier Training Hike: Rattlesnake Ledge

Last week I told you that one of my New Years Resolutions is to summit Mt Rainier. Well this past weekend I took the first steps (literally – haha) to make that happen! I started the new year out with the first of many hikes in my attempt to get ready for the real deal…

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2016 Travel Plans

As you all can probably tell by now, I kind of like to travel. I’m always planning trips a year or two out, trying to fill my calendar up with foreign locales. People sometimes ask how I decide which place to go next. Honestly, at this point I kind of wait to see what falls in…

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2016 New Years Resolutions

I can’t believe it’s the new year already! I swear time just needs to slow down. I spent last night at my friends Keith and Lara’s house playing Exploding Kittens. It’s hysterical and worth playing if you haven’t yet. Every year I make resolutions for the new year. I know some people disagree with the concept…

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2015 Year in Review

2015 has been quite a year! There has been so much that has happened to make this a good one. For the last several years, I’ve kept a list of things that made my year great, partly to help me remember the good things, partly to remind me of all I have to be grateful for….

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2015 Book Review

I love to read. So much. I remember in second grade, challenging one of my friends to a reading competition – who could get through all 56 Nancy Drew Detective mysteries first. I have no idea who won. As I got older, I would secretly read by a nightlight in my room, long after I…

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Tree Lighting in Leavenworth

I’m going to take a break from Dubai to tell you about my trip this past weekend to a little town about 2.5 hours east of Seattle called Leavenworth. Washington has a weird thing for theme towns. Growing up, we would go camping near the town of Winthrop, an old west styled town with false…

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Abu Dhabi for a Day

The city of Abu Dhabi is located about an hour and a half by car from Dubai and worth a day trip if you have the time. Originally we were going to take a taxi for about $200 round trip/$100 per person as we didn’t know another way to get there, but as we’re walking…

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Dune Bashing the Arabian Desert

Every time I tell people I went dune bashing in Dubai, their first question is always, “What is dune bashing exactly?” The best way I can describe it is that it’s similar to off-roading, but instead of driving a pickup through the mud, you’re riding in a 4×4 SUV, driving up and over sand dunes…

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Lost Chambers Aquarium

Are you sick of looking at aquariums? If I show you more photos of one, will you scream? Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short. After our full day splashing around the Aquaventure Waterpark, and a tasty but slightly expensive (even with a buy one, get one free coupon from the Entertainer book) dinner at Ronda Locatelli,…

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Adventures at Aquaventure Waterpark

Are you ready for a day of good old-fashioned water slide fun? Cuz I totally am! There are several water parks in the city to choose from, and we have a buy one, get one free Entertainer coupon to Wild Wadi which would save us about $30 over going to the Aquaventure park. But I really…

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The Burj Khalifa

I love being up high. As a kid, I was always climbing trees. When I was maybe 12 years old, I fell out of one from about 15ft up. Thankfully, some branches slowed me down and I only had the wind knocked out of me. For my 18th birthday, I convinced my dad to take…

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

Dubai is well known for many things. Lamborghini cop cars. Tall, modern skyscrapers. Extravagant everything. But what I didn’t realize is how much they love their aquariums. They seem to be everywhere! One of the first things I want to do upon our arrival (after sleeping off the long flight) is check out the Burj…

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