A Day at Channel Islands National Park

On January 31, Seattle-area news outlets reported that there had been 28 rainy days in Seattle throughout the month, tying records set in January 1953 and 2006. We’re pretty accustomed to clouds and rain after having lived here almost five years, but even this was a bit much for me! I don’t mind the rain …

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Opt Outside: Exploring the National Parks

Last year I asked for an annual U.S. National Parks Pass for Christmas, and it ended up being one of the most useful things I could have put on my list! I wanted to make the most out of having it. As we were plotting our travel plans for the year, we prioritized destinations where …

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Weekend in Yosemite National Park

Shortly after we moved to Seattle my mom sent me a link to a YouTube video about visiting Yosemite National Park in the off-season in order to experience a phenomenon called frazil ice. Frazil ice occurs when mist freezes--streams end up looking like they are flowing with slush rather than water. Obviously there are other …

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Things to Do Near Whitefish, Montana

We had an amazing long weekend in Montana, taking the overnight train to Whitefish from Everett, Washington. There are tons of things to do near Whitefish, including: Exploring Glacier National Park via Going to the Sun road Taking in the scenery along route 2 Hiking and admiring wildlife in Many Glacier Driving to Waterton, Alberta …

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Going to the Sun Road: Driving Through Glacier National Park

When we planned our long weekend in Glacier National Park, we were incredibly disappointed to hear that Going to the Sun road was going to be closed during our visit due to active forest fires. We had to quickly switch gears and research other things to do and were bummed to miss an experience that …

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The Road Less Traveled: Driving Route 2 Along Glacier National Park

If you’re considering a trip to Glacier National Park, I absolutely recommend you experience Going to the Sun road in both directions—there is a reason it’s one of the top things to do when you visit the park. However, I also recommend you consider experiencing the park from a road less traveled—U.S. highway 2. We …

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Hikes, Waterfalls and Bears—Oh, My! in Many Glacier

During our recent long weekend in Glacier National Park, we spent time driving to the various areas within the park, covering to some degree the north, east and southeast sections of the park. Unfortunately the western side of the park was fairly inaccessible due to active wildfires, but we were thrilled they had opened Going …

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A Day at Crater Lake National Park

We spent Labor Day weekend completing an awesome roadtrip down the Oregon coast to Crater Lake National Park and north through Bend and Mt. Hood before returning to Seattle. I already detailed a few of the stops we made the first-leg of our journey and wanted to dedicate a little more time and attention to …

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Wildlife and Glaciers in Glacier Bay, Alaska

On day three of our Alaskan cruise, after our day at sea and day in Juneau, we had already made up our minds that we much preferred the days in port to the days cruising through the water. Originally I thought seeing Alaska from the water would be an interesting perspective, but we weren't close enough …

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Labor Day Drive Through the Mountains

We spent an incredible Labor Day weekend exploring the North Cascades Pass, Winthrop and Twisp. Our last morning we woke up early, grabbed some coffee and breakfast to go from a little stand across the street from our hotel, and set off for our drive back through the Northern Cascades and home to our beloved cat. …

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