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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2016 Craft Projects

Call me a nerd. Call me crafty. Call me whatever you want. The truth is, despite how much I love traveling, I also love domestic hobbies as well. Cooking, gardening, binging on Netflix, and various craft projects. And when I can combine my domestic hobbies with my love for travel, that’s even better! Sometimes that’s…

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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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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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Stairway to Helens

Since we’re on the topic of climbing mountains, now seems like a good time to share my hike up Mt St Helens with you! Back in 2011, Amy (who I climbed Kilimanjaro with) and I did our first big climb together. Little did we know what we would later go on to accomplish. I’m pretty sure…

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Rainier Day 4: My Personal Summit

I’m just starting to doze off when suddenly the lights come on and Dave cheerful tells us it’s time to get up and get ready for the summit! He even gave us an extra 15 minutes to sleep, it’s 11:15pm! We have one hour to get ready, hot water is being brought in for coffee…

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Rainier Day 3: Paradise to Camp Muir

Much to my relief, our third day of the climb dawns cloudier and cooler than yesterday. After my ordeal last night, I couldn’t be any more grateful. I wake up still feeling weak, and I’m wondering if I’ll even be able to make it to Camp Muir, let alone anywhere on the upper mountain. But…

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