Rocky Mountain National Park: Trail Ridge Road

These crazy times of COVID-19 have inspired us (and many other people) to prioritize visiting the National Parks and enjoying the great outdoors. One of my favorite Christmas gifts - my annual America the Beautiful National Parks Pass - has come in especially useful this year. As planned, we kicked off the year visiting new …

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Driving to the Top of Pikes Peak

For our seventh wedding anniversary, we spent a weekend in Colorado enjoying time together in the great outdoors. In addition to spending a couple days in Rocky Mountain National Park, we drove to Colorado Springs to check out the infamous Pikes Peak. When we arrived mid-morning, traffic was already lined up to enter Pike National …

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Grand Teton National Park: Teton Park Road Loop

I'm not sure what part of experiencing Grand Teton National Park was my favorite. Seeing the mountain range with the most gorgeous blue sky backdrop, glimpsing a mama grizzly bear with four cubs running along behind her, spotting a cow moose lumbering into a marshy woods. This park was everything I hoped it would be …

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How to Spend a Rainy Day in Vancouver

We love Vancouver, British Columbia, and I couldn't believe it had been about six months since I'd last visited. We decided to make it one of our January adventures and booked a night in Gastown for a brief weekend getaway. As it turned out, the weather was crummy across the region so we certainly weren't …

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Washington Hikes: Tubal Cain Mine

Our first hike of the new year was a memorable one, replete with snow, history, ferry rides, and a kitchy burger joint. When we took a bike trip around the lower Olympic Peninsula last fall, I pulled a number of possible hikes we could do along the way. We ultimately landed on hiking Mount Walker, …

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