2018 Travel Recap

This year was full of adventures-- both happy and sad. We had some incredible times traveling with and to see family and friends, we explored more areas by motorcycle than in any year prior, we visited nine states, Brian got to experience his first overnight train ride, and I went on two solo adventures. We …

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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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Roadtrip: The Oregon Coast

We had an amazing motorcycle trip planned for Labor Day weekend that involved riding from Seattle to Abbottsford, British Columbia, over to the Okanogan Valley for a day of wine tastings around Penticton, and then a loop down through Winthrop and over the North Cascades pass to return home. Unfortunately by Labor Day the West …

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Places to Eat and Drink in Portland

There are countless places to find good food and spirits in Portland—each time we go we discover a few more. Here are a few from our last trip to add to your list the next time you visit! Breakfast Broder Nord I don’t remember where I heard about Broder Nord, but I haven’t met a …

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Train Travel: Railroads and Rail History in Portland

One of my favorite ways to experience Portland is to visit via train. A 3.5-hour Amtrak ride from Edmonds to Portland and we have a weekend getaway without the hassle or cost of driving in crazy traffic and fighting to find parking in a city that’s completely walkable/trolley-able! On our last trip to Portland we …

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Exploring Portland: Aerial Views

During our last trip to Portland we finally got around to checking out the Portland Aerial Tram that takes passengers between South Waterfront and Oregon Health & Science University's campus on Marquam Hill. We ended up taking the streetcar to a stop close to Moody and Gibbs and then walking over to the lower terminal. …

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A Morning in Astoria, Oregon

We met my parents in Long Beach, Washington for a weekend of hikes, history, sandcastles, and occasional sun, and concluded our visit with a half-day adventure across the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon. I had never been to Astoria and didn’t know what to expect. My parents picked up some tourism brochures and on one …

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