Washington Hikes: Rattlesnake Ledge and East Peak

We tend to go hiking as a couple, mostly because we're amateurs and don't want to embarrass ourselves and hold back our friends who are extremely proficient. Lately we've been doing more hikes and getting in better shape so when our friends recently asked if we wanted to go hiking together, we finally said yes! …

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Washington Hikes: Lake 22

My evenings and weekends have been subsumed by my studies, making weekend getaways more challenging this year. To combat cabin fever, we’ve been spending more time hiking, which has proven to be the perfect weekend activity—a good amount of time being active outdoors but without taking up the entire weekend so I still have time …

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2017 Travel Recap

This ended up being an interesting year for travel in our household. On the professional side of things, Brian traveled more this year than any other. While the airline and hotel points are great for stretching our travel budget, it’s felt a little like we’re back to the long-distance relationship we maintained the first six …

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Washington Hikes: Sugarloaf and Mount Erie

Last Friday after dinner, I spent some time looking through my 'backpack' on the Washington Trails Association website to see what local hikes I had saved. There were a couple within an hour or so drive from our house that we were considering, but while I was opting for those with some mileage, Brian was …

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Washington Hikes: Heather Lake

During dinner with our friends last weekend, we started talking about upcoming plans and realized we all had a portion of the following weekend free. After some discussion, we decided we should meet up Saturday morning and go hiking! They are way more experienced hikers than us so I was a little worried we would …

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Trains and Treats in Snoqualmie and Issaquah

I've been wanting to explore the Snoqualmie/ Issaquah area for quite some time. While we've taken friends and family to the falls, we never seem to be in the area long and we really haven't spent any time in either town. Fall seemed like the perfect time to check out both places, with the leaves …

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Fall Fun: Picking Our Pumpkin

My parents have really lucked out with Seattle weather--nearly every time they come, the weather cooperates and we have an awesome time exploring the outdoors and new areas of the Pacific Northwest. I was a little nervous when they booked their most recent trip for the last weekend in September. The weather starts to turn …

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Pike Place Market Charm: We Were Here

Long before our first visit to Seattle, I had heard about Pike Place Market. I don't remember how or why. It's certainly one of the more highly promoted attractions in the greater Puget Sound region so I may have simply read about it in one of my travel magazines at some point. When we moved here, …

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