An Afternoon on Coronado Island

It's become a bit of a joke in our family that no vacation is complete without Brian squeezing in a boat ride! He got his wish once again during our anniversary adventure in San Diego as we caught the roundtrip Coronado ferry for an afternoon on the island. The ferry was traveling back and forth …

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Things to Do In and Around Denali National Park

We spent Labor Day weekend driving from Fairbanks to Denali National Park and then onto Anchorage before flying back to Seattle. Although this added some expense - one-way rental cars are not cheap! - I'm glad we did it this way so we had the opportunity to experience both cities and the very different experiences …

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Summer Afternoon in Sisters and Bend, Oregon

After our late morning hikes around Smith Rock State Park, we were ready for lunch - and Brian had researched the perfect spot in Sisters, Oregon! Sisters, Oregon A short and speedy ride from the park, we arrived in Sisters to find an extremely popular downtown strip. We quickly turned off the main drag and …

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Places to Eat and Drink in Penticton

During our motorcycle trip through the Okanogan Valley, we spent a couple of nights in Penticton right in the middle of wine country. In addition to enjoying time outdoors, both downtown and in the surrounding area, we spent some time sampling regional wines, brews, and cuisine. Because we only had a day and a half, …

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Train Travel: Railroads and Rail History in Portland

One of my favorite ways to experience Portland is to visit via train. A 3.5-hour Amtrak ride from Edmonds to Portland and we have a weekend getaway without the hassle or cost of driving in crazy traffic and fighting to find parking in a city that’s completely walkable/trolley-able! On our last trip to Portland we …

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