Places to Eat in Monterey, California

After a fun morning completing the 17-Mile Drive, we headed a very short distance north to Monterey for lunch. It was a beautiful and sunny day as well as a holiday so I shouldn’t have been surprised by all the traffic and people, but it was nuts! We drove around for a while looking for …

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Planning to Visit Japan

We've been trying to plan a trip to Japan for several years now. This fall the stars aligned and we are actually making it happen! Brian visited Japan in 2014 for work, traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto, Utsunomiya, and Nagoya. He came back raving about the experience—the architecture, the cuisine, the hospitality, and the efficiency and …

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Shucking Oysters at Taylor Shellfish Farms

When we first moved to Washington, my work colleagues helped me construct a list of must see/must do places and experiences to help introduce us to the Pacific Northwest. Several of them recommended Chuckanut Drive, a beautiful road that winds along the coast where the Cascade Mountains meet the sea. We’ve completed that drive multiple …

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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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Things to Do in Downtown Indianapolis

After 18 months of working and going to school full time I FINALLY completed my master’s degree at Purdue University! I went back and forth about walking at commencement—it seemed kind of silly, especially since I completed the degree virtually—but I really wanted to see campus, and I wanted to mark the accomplishment. #BoilerUp! While …

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Places to Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Spokane

We met my parents in Spokane for the weekend to explore both downtown as well as the surrounding area. As you may have gleaned from our past adventures, one way we love to get to know a new place is through its food scene, checking out the local hot spots for food and drink. Spoiler …

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A Morning in Port Townsend

Due to Brian’s crazy travel schedule, we ended up piecing together several experiences throughout the month of September to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. One of those getaways took place the weekend following our anniversary, which we spent exploring Port Townsend and the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Although billed as a weekend getaway, …

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