Happy 10th Birthday, Heather’s Compass!

I can't believe it, but Heather's Compass is officially 10 years old! Thank you to those of you who subscribed or stumbled upon posts and took time to read about some of the amazing places in the world that I have been lucky enough to explore and experience solo and with family and friends. Much …

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Washington Hikes: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

The weekend after my master's degree classes ended (HOORAY!) we set out mid-morning for one of the longer bike-and-hikes we've tackled in a while. Our destination: Lake Serene. By the time we arrived parking at the trailhead was scarce and I was glad we were on our bikes and able to sneak into an available …

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Washington Hikes: Heybrook Lookout

We set out Saturday morning to tackle a new hike near Steven's Pass on the western side of the Cascade Mountains called Heybrook Lookout. This short but steep hike to the lookout ended up being about 2.5 miles roundtrip with 992 feet of elevation gain. You better believe our hearts were pumping after that mile …

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Motorcycling on Whidbey Island

Our first motorcycle trip of the new year took us to nearby Whidbey Island via the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry. The beauty of taking the bikes on the ferry is that you get to skip the line—both the line to purchase tickets as well as the line to board the ferry. Bikes are typically lined up in …

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Washington Hikes: Big Four Ice Caves

We started our new year with a hike to the Big Four Ice Caves near Granite Falls, Washington. We learned about the ice caves shortly after we moved to the Pacific Northwest, but unfortunately because a woman died there when tons of snow and ice collapsed at the mouth of the cave. My public service …

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2018 Travel Recap

This year was full of adventures-- both happy and sad. We had some incredible times traveling with and to see family and friends, we explored more areas by motorcycle than in any year prior, we visited nine states, Brian got to experience his first overnight train ride, and I went on two solo adventures. We …

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Things to Do in Tacoma, Washington

I’m embarrassed to say that despite living in the state of Washington for three years we have not made the hour-long drive south to explore Tacoma. When I saw Fleetwood Mac was going on tour and performing at the Tacoma Dome, I booked us amazing seats relatively near the stage for the concert and roundtrip …

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