Afternoon at Elandan Gardens

On our way to Bainbridge Island from Gig Harbor during our recent Labor Day motorcycle trip, we made a stop at an unusual roadside attraction Brian found near Port Orchard called Elandan Gardens - home to hundreds of different types of Bonsai trees! Bonsai, the Japanese art of growing miniature trees, is a process that produces exceptional …

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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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Seattle’s UPS Waterfall Garden Park

Did you know the United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square in 1907 by two teenagers? That it was known as the American Messenger Co. until 1919 when its headquarters relocated to California? Me either! Not until my mom stumbled upon an 'only in your state' article that featured a few historical gems …

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Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg, Germany

This time last year I joined my husband in Hamburg, Germany for a week while he was at a work conference. It was my fourth time in Germany but only the second time I've ever traveled with him for work, and the first time I was really exploring the Schleswig-Holstein region of the country. I’ve …

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