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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Roadtrip to the Grand Coulee Dam

The Grand Coulee Dam has been on our to do list since we moved to Washington. It became of even greater interest to me when my employer was acquired by Kaiser Permanente and I learned more about one of KP's co-founders--the industrialist Henry J. Kaiser--who built the Grand Coulee Dam (and the Hoover Dam, and …

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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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Things to Do in Twisp, Washington

The second morning of our Labor Day weekend getaway in the North Cascades we woke up decently early, walked around Winthrop and then drove over to Twisp for breakfast. I originally came across Twisp when I was looking for nearby quilt shops participating in the Row by Row patterns my mom was collecting. Unfortunately the …

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Wild West in Winthrop, Washington

We headed to Winthrop and the North Cascades National Park for Labor Day weekend, exploring as much as we could of the surrounding area during our long weekend getaway. Winthrop was our base once we got to the eastern side of the mountains, and while we didn’t spend a ton of time there, we did …

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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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Road Trip: Leavenworth

The last stop on our road trip west was a little Bavarian village called Leavenworth on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington. We decided to spend the late afternoon and evening there so we would be refreshed the next morning for our final drive to Everett, Washington, and our temporary housing. After the …

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Road Trip: Glacier National Park

After spending the night in Missoula, Montana, we set our sights north and headed for Glacier National Park. The day was cloudy but the temperature was decent and the traffic was light so we made good time getting to the park. We took the eastern road around Flathead Lake to avoid the traffic, and I …

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Road Trip: The Wild West

We woke up early in Rapid City and although there was still snow, there was sunshine! Who-hoo! We grabbed breakfast and some coffee to go and headed toward Wyoming, which is possibly my husband's favorite state. We wanted to make it to Missoula, Montana, by dark-- a full day of driving that still left us …

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