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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Where to Stay in Yosemite National Park

There are countless ways to slice and dice a travel budget. Thanks to Brian’s work travel we are usually able to use his reward points for airfare, hotels and rental cars, which can account for a significant portion of a trip’s expenses. With those items out of the way, the bulk of our expenses tend …

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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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A Long Weekend in Lake Chelan

We have heard from so many people about Lake Chelan and the surrounding area. It seems like its everyone's favorite summer getaway-- many people have a second home there or schedule an annual vacation rental. We certainly appreciate the appeal of spending summers on a lake. Brian's family owns a cottage on Lake Erie where …

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Winter Weekend in Friday Harbor

Fall is my favorite season, and it always seems to fly by in a whirlwind of activities-- tons of family and friend birthdays and anniversaries, several holidays, hunting season, and the general flurry at work as everyone prepares for a strong ending to the fiscal year. As much as I love the beautiful and crisp …

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The Bavarian Wonderland of Leavenworth

Our first trip of 2016 was to Leavenworth, Washington, to see the little Bavarian town in the snow and Christmas lights! We stopped in Leavenworth for a day back in the spring when we drove out here from Ohio and I had been wanting to go back--especially when I found out they set up a Christmas …

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