Vancouver: VanDusen Botanical Garden and Kitsilano Beach Park

When one of my good friends said she was going to be in Vancouver for a work conference, I requested time off from work and planned a day trip to go see her. Brian was traveling for work so I thought it would be a fun solo road trip! We love Vancouver and have enjoyed …

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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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Local Adventure: West Seattle

For the past three years we’ve been talking about getting over to West Seattle to check out Alki Beach and the many foodie spots our friends and work colleagues have recommended to us since we moved to Seattle. That’s a crazy long time, but we just haven’t been able to make it a priority! To …

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Sandcastles and Sea Views in Long Beach, Washington

When my mom mentioned that there was some sort of sandcastle building competition held in Washington each year, I had a couple of reactions. First, I had a hard time believing there was a beach somewhere in the state that offered enough viable sand for this activity. While I love the rugged Pacific Northwest coast, …

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Hikes and History of Long Beach, Washington

There are so many things to learn when you move somewhere new, and among them is the geography. I'm guessing many people have heard of Long Beach. I certainly had. I just assumed that when people here in Washington were referring to it, they meant the one in California. In my defense, a ton of people …

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Hawaii: Oahu’s Waikiki Beach

We had an incredible four days exploring Hawaii's Big Island. We were on the move each day, staying in different towns each night, and experiencing the island's variety-- in landscape, activities, people, sites and more. During the second half of our trip to Hawaii we visited Oahu for three days and took an opposite approach, staying …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Green Sand Beaches and the Southern Point of the U.S.

After an incredible morning exploring the Kona Coast, we continued our drive south toward Volcano Village, where we were planning to spend our second night on the Big Island. It was incredible how much the scenery and geography changed as we continued south and into the areas more recently shaped by volcanic activity. The lush, …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Along the Kona Coast

We started off 2017 with a bucket list trip to Hawaii. We only had about a week so we limited ourselves to visiting two islands-- the Big Island and Oahu-- knowing we wouldn't get to fully experience either place in our limited amount of time. We flew into Kona late on a Friday night. The …

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