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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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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Washington Hikes: Heather Lake

During dinner with our friends last weekend, we started talking about upcoming plans and realized we all had a portion of the following weekend free. After some discussion, we decided we should meet up Saturday morning and go hiking! They are way more experienced hikers than us so I was a little worried we would …

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Trains and Treats in Snoqualmie and Issaquah

I've been wanting to explore the Snoqualmie/ Issaquah area for quite some time. While we've taken friends and family to the falls, we never seem to be in the area long and we really haven't spent any time in either town. Fall seemed like the perfect time to check out both places, with the leaves …

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Fall Fun: Picking Our Pumpkin

My parents have really lucked out with Seattle weather--nearly every time they come, the weather cooperates and we have an awesome time exploring the outdoors and new areas of the Pacific Northwest. I was a little nervous when they booked their most recent trip for the last weekend in September. The weather starts to turn …

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Pike Place Market Charm: We Were Here

Long before our first visit to Seattle, I had heard about Pike Place Market. I don't remember how or why. It's certainly one of the more highly promoted attractions in the greater Puget Sound region so I may have simply read about it in one of my travel magazines at some point. When we moved here, …

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Wine and Cider Tastings in Port Townsend  

During our anniversary weekend away in Port Townsend, we had lovely fall weather perfectly suited for an afternoon drive through the region’s wine and cider trail. I didn’t realize there were so many cider manufacturers on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, but there were many more than we could visit on our trip! …

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Breweries and Bands in Port Townsend

There are so many things we enjoy doing during our travels—from trying new foods to exploring the outdoors to learning local history and more. One way we love to experience a place is by finding the local music scene. Whether it’s in our own back yard or in another country, stumbling upon live music and …

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A Morning in Port Townsend

Due to Brian’s crazy travel schedule, we ended up piecing together several experiences throughout the month of September to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. One of those getaways took place the weekend following our anniversary, which we spent exploring Port Townsend and the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Although billed as a weekend getaway, …

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