Hiking Dirtyface Mountain

We have always enjoyed spending time outdoors and have really enjoyed tackling progressively more challenging hikes since moving to the Pacific Northwest. When we moved here from Ohio, we were excited to spend more time in the mountains, which we simply didn't have the opportunity to explore back at home. What I didn't anticipate is …

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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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A Day Along the Columbia River Gorge

My parents have come out to visit a couple times since we moved to Seattle and most recently bought round-trip flights to Portland for a long weekend visit. We made arrangements to join them Saturday and Sunday to see some new sights in town as well as the surrounding area. Brian headed down earlier in …

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Ports of Call: Port Angeles and Port Townsend

I couldn't believe how quickly our motorcycle trip around the Olympic Peninsula flew by! From exploring La Push and its beaches to hiking Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest to discovering Cape Flattery and the Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway, we experienced so many incredible, new places and made incredible memories. By our last day, however, if …

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