Muir Woods and the California Coast

We met my in-laws in San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend and decided to split our time between sightseeing downtown and driving along the California coast. We ended up spending two days along the coast, making our way north to Novato for the night via Muir Beach and Muir Overlook and then retracing some of …

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Sightseeing in San Francisco

We met my in-laws in San Francisco for Memorial Day weekend, flying direct from the relatively new Paine Field in Everett, Washington. (This airport is only 15 minutes from our house and has revolutionized our west coast travel!) My in-laws were at the tail end of an impressive roadtrip, having flown into Vegas and traveled …

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Weekend in Yosemite National Park

Shortly after we moved to Seattle my mom sent me a link to a YouTube video about visiting Yosemite National Park in the off-season in order to experience a phenomenon called frazil ice. Frazil ice occurs when mist freezes--streams end up looking like they are flowing with slush rather than water. Obviously there are other …

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Where to Stay in Yosemite National Park

There are countless ways to slice and dice a travel budget. Thanks to Brian’s work travel we are usually able to use his reward points for airfare, hotels and rental cars, which can account for a significant portion of a trip’s expenses. With those items out of the way, the bulk of our expenses tend …

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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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Travel 2018: Weekend Warriors

I know we're already through the first quarter of 2018, but it's taken me that long to organize our major travel plans for this year. Not that other things won't pop up along the way, but I usually like to head into a new year with a good idea of our time off/holiday schedules, important …

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A Weekend in Wine Country: Jack London State Historic Park

As part of our weekend in Sonoma wine country, we wanted to enjoy the sunshine as much as the wine. The area around Sonoma is beautiful and we spent some time hiking, exploring downtown Sonoma, and of course visiting a few wineries along the way. Our second morning we slept in and then headed to Jack …

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A Weekend in Wine Country: Sonoma Wineries

Obviously a big part of our weekend in Sonoma wine country was actually going out to several wineries and trying some wine! From previous wine tasting experiences, we know 3-4 wineries in one day is our limit. We always share tastings so it ends up being a reasonable amount to taste, but our palates seem …

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A Weekend in Wine Country: Things to Do in Sonoma

The last time we were in California wine country was in 2010 and it was only for one day. We flew into San Francisco and drove to Seattle, exploring everything we could along the way. One of our first days we took a tour through Napa Valley, enjoying how different the wineries were from one …

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