Washington Hikes: Narada Falls

During our recent trip to Mt. Rainier we decided at the last minute to check out Narada Falls on the recommendation of my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. They had visited Mt. Rainier during their time here and said it was a nice, quick stop on the way out of the park. They were right--the falls is …

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Washington Hikes: Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls

The weekend after my master's degree classes ended (HOORAY!) we set out mid-morning for one of the longer bike-and-hikes we've tackled in a while. Our destination: Lake Serene. By the time we arrived parking at the trailhead was scarce and I was glad we were on our bikes and able to sneak into an available …

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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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Washington Hikes: Teneriffe Falls

We talked all week about hitting the trail on Saturday morning but it wasn’t until Friday night that we realized we hadn’t actually decided where we wanted to hike! Planning out our hikes in advance is not a reflection of my need to be constantly organized, although it certainly eases my mind to have a …

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Washington Hikes: Cherry Creek Falls

The last time my parents visited I spent some time on the Washington Trails Association website looking up nearby hikes. If you have any interest at all in spending time on the trail anywhere in the state, you HAVE to reference this website during your planning. It’s so well-organized, has so much great information, and …

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Seattle’s UPS Waterfall Garden Park

Did you know the United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in Seattle's Pioneer Square in 1907 by two teenagers? That it was known as the American Messenger Co. until 1919 when its headquarters relocated to California? Me either! Not until my mom stumbled upon an 'only in your state' article that featured a few historical gems …

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Hawaii’s Big Island: Exploring Hilo

As part of our perimeter tour of Hawaii's Big Island, we spent a leisurely day driving from Volcano Village to Waimea via Hilo. We heard Hilo, and the Big Island in general, referred to as 'old Hawaii,' and it was certainly the experience I had in my mind. Laid back, welcoming and beautiful. After sleeping in …

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Exploring Olympic National Park

When we hit the road for our cross-country trip to our new life in the Pacific Northwest, it was with the knowledge that we had the support and love of our family and friends--and that they were coming to visit! We hosted my in-laws for a couple of weeks in early September and then welcomed …

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Motorcycle Diary: Local Trip to Chagrin Falls

Is there anything more amazing than looking across the couch at your significant other on a beautiful, cool Sunday morning--coffee and book in hand, cat rolling around on the floor--and realizing you have nothing to do that day? Bliss. Of course, I can only handle that feeling for a little while and then I feel compelled to …

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