Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley

After our morning exploring Silver Falls State Park, Emma and I have some free time to explore. So what do you do when you find yourself with nothing to do in wine country? Visit wineries, of course! Fortunately for us, the Willamette Valley is filled with them. Our first stop is Bethel Heights Vineyard. While…

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Rescue Diver Course Review

I remember way back in 2007 when I got my open water dive certification, looking at the hierarchy of dive courses and thinking, “I have absolutely zero interest in becoming a rescue diver. I just want to dive for fun.” Flash forward ten years and here I am, a newly certified rescue diver. In a…

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Silver Falls State Park

Back in August, I had a chance to spend some time in Salem, Oregon visiting my friend Emma for the weekend. When I would mention this to friends and coworkers, I was universally greeted with the same response – “Why would you want to go there?” It’s an understandable reaction. Salem isn’t known for being…

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An Afternoon at the Japanese Gardens

These last couple months have been excellent and extremely busy. I’ve been knocking out life goals left and right, and things show no sign of slowing down. I spent the month of September in the Balkans, exploring a part of the world I’ve long been interested in seeing (posts coming soon!). Last weekend I completed…

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Diving the Edmonds Underwater Park

A few weeks ago, my friend Marissa over at Postcards to Seattle and I got Nitrox certified. It’s something I’ve been interested in doing for awhile since being able to use Enriched Air allows you to dive for longer and you’re less likely to feel fatigued when you’re done. Plus, the course only takes a…

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Seattle to Portland Day 2 – Centralia to Portland

Once again we’re up at 4am to get ready for day 2 of the STP. Despite our early night, I have little interest in getting out of bed. Everything hurts and I am so tired from cycling 100 miles yesterday. But I’m not going to get back to my own bed by staying here, so…

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Seattle to Portland Day 1 – UW to Centralia

If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest, chances are good you’ve heard of the Seattle to Portland bike ride, or STP. Every year, 10,000 people hop on their bikes and ride the 200+ miles to Portland, Oregon over one or two days. If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever…

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Deception Pass Sunshine Bliss

Here’s a “fun” fact for you – Seattle has had 9 days of sunshine since the first of October. Nine. Out of 178. And So. Much. Rain. Does that sound depressing to you? Because it has been for me. Now if you’ve read this blog at all in the past, you probably know I don’t like…

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not going to lie, spending New Year’s Eve in Havana, Cuba was definitely not my worst decision ever. It has been an absolute blast! From riding horses in Vinales to walking along the Malecon in Havana, Cuba is a photographers dream. For New Year’s Eve, Maggie and I went to Plaza Vieja, bought a…

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Best of 2016

One of my favorite ways to end a year is to remind myself of all the things that made that year great. I’ll be honest, 2016 has been a rough one for me, both personally and because of what is happening around the world. It leaves me feeling conflicted. How can I be unhappy in…

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Merry Christmas 2016

I just wanted to stop by real quick and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! Currently I’m packing for my upcoming trip to Cuba (more to come on that soon), finishing some last minute present wrapping and furiously cleaning my house from top to bottom before the dog sitter comes to stay….

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2016 Book Review

It’s time for my annual (two years in a row makes it annual, right?) list of books that I read this year, and my personal review of each. I had a goal of reading more this year, but instead, I actually read less. It’s a bit disappointing since reading used to be such a large…

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