Washington Hikes: Ebey’s Landing

A few years back we visited Fort Ebey with my parents as part of a day-long adventure on Whidbey Island. As we were exploring the area around the fort, we ended up walking along a trail that offered spectacular views over the Sound and Olympic mountain range. Ever since we’ve been saying that we should …

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Washington Hikes: Talus Loop Trail

The stars finally aligned again last weekend and we were able to head outdoors to enjoy some more trail time Saturday morning. We had a few other plans Saturday afternoon so we decided to stick with a reasonable morning hike near Snoqualmie and North Bend, which is only about an hour drive from our home. …

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Travel 2018: Weekend Warriors

I know we're already through the first quarter of 2018, but it's taken me that long to organize our major travel plans for this year. Not that other things won't pop up along the way, but I usually like to head into a new year with a good idea of our time off/holiday schedules, important …

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Washington Hikes: Rattlesnake Ledge and East Peak

We tend to go hiking as a couple, mostly because we're amateurs and don't want to embarrass ourselves and hold back our friends who are extremely proficient. Lately we've been doing more hikes and getting in better shape so when our friends recently asked if we wanted to go hiking together, we finally said yes! …

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Washington Hikes: Lake 22

My evenings and weekends have been subsumed by my studies, making weekend getaways more challenging this year. To combat cabin fever, we’ve been spending more time hiking, which has proven to be the perfect weekend activity—a good amount of time being active outdoors but without taking up the entire weekend so I still have time …

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2017 Travel Recap

This ended up being an interesting year for travel in our household. On the professional side of things, Brian traveled more this year than any other. While the airline and hotel points are great for stretching our travel budget, it’s felt a little like we’re back to the long-distance relationship we maintained the first six …

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Washington Hikes: Sugarloaf and Mount Erie

Last Friday after dinner, I spent some time looking through my 'backpack' on the Washington Trails Association website to see what local hikes I had saved. There were a couple within an hour or so drive from our house that we were considering, but while I was opting for those with some mileage, Brian was …

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