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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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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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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Ballard Farmer’s Market

A few weeks ago, my friends Adrienne, Suzie, Amy (who I climbed Kilimanjaro with last year) and I got together to celebrate Amy’s recent engagement. We had brunch at the always delicious Volterra in Ballard, followed by a walk through the Ballard Farmer’s Market. It’s a perfect morning without a cloud in the sky. People…

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Birthday on the Beach

Last week we celebrated the birthday of my friend, former roommate and current travel partner Adrienne. We’ve been to Costa Rica, Morocco, Thailand and Cambodia together! It was a beautiful day as we’ve had an unseasonably warm spring here in Seattle, so she decided she wanted to spend the day at the beach. It turned…

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