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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A Day at Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest

We spent two nights in Forks at the beginning of our motorcycle trip around the Olympic Peninsula so we would have plenty of time to explore La Push and its beaches as well as Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest. It was great staying in the same place a couple of nights so we could off load a …

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The Beaches at La Push

Each day of our recent motorcycle trip around the Olympia Peninsula included something new--something we had never seen or done before. After arriving by ferry in Kingston and riding a ways, we made a quick stop for gas and brunch in Port Angeles. We popped in Cock-a-Doodle Doughnuts to snag a snack from among the last remaining …

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Mercer Island and Luther Burbank Park

We had another weekend of fantastic weather in Seattle, and our activities were perfectly aligned with a day at the beach and a day at Seafair. All of our worldly possessions are in storage so we had to make a quick Walmart run to collect beach towels, sandals and picnic snacks in preparation for our …

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