Hiking Mount Si: Lessons Learned

Usually I am the one pushing my husband to get out of the house on the weekends. It's not that he's not adventurous, it's just that after traveling for work all week, he usually needs a break on the weekends. He was a trooper for my birthday, completing his travels and then turning around and …

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Hawaii: Oahu’s Southern Shore

Our last full day on Oahu we drove along the southern shore to experience a few natural wonders both on land and in water. After incredible days exploring the North Shore, Waikiki Beach, downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and more, it was finally time for a low-key day. We set out while it was still dark …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Sunset on Mauna Kea

After an incredible four days on Hawaii's Big Island, exploring the Kona Coast, the green sand beaches and southern most point of the U.S., Volcano National Park, Hilo and the eastern shore, and the island's northern cattle country, I took a moment to appreciate how much we had experienced in such a short time. Seeing first-hand …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Volcano National Park

We spent our first day on Hawaii's Big Island acclimating, exploring the Kona Coast, touring a coffee plantation, and seeing one of the few green sand beaches in the world. I wasn't sure how anything else could top it, but I quickly learned that the Big Island had a lot more to discover! Our second …

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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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Driving Through the North Cascades Pass

After our awesome motorcycle trip around the Olympic Peninsula for my birthday, I wanted to get back on the road for another long weekend trip on the bikes. Brian spent some time making sure they were still in good order, and I researched and booked a Labor Day weekend getaway to Winthrop via the North Cascades …

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Hiking in Wallace Falls State Park

We didn't get to ride our motorcycles at all in 2015 due to Ohio weather, our move to the Pacific Northwest and  weather in Washington. Brian spent a ton of time getting them ready for this year-- there's a lot that needs checked and refreshed when they've been sitting for more than 12 months-- but his …

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State Parks on Whidbey Island

We had beautiful weather during my parents' visit and spent most of our time outdoors. On Saturday we got an early start and enjoyed what was left of the Skagit Valley tulip festival before exploring some of the other towns throughout Skagit County. There were lots of people with similar plans and we had had enough …

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Weekend on Orcas Island

Long before we moved to the Pacific Northwest friends were telling us we needed to check out the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. Right before the holidays I came across something online about winter getaway deals for the islands-- they obviously get tons of traffic during the summer, but many places offer …

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