You know those wooden “Life is better on a boat“ signs? I’m not sure who spoke this phrase first, but growing up I probably would have given credit to my Dad. His childhood was spent visiting various lakes in California, spending ample time in the water and learning the ins and outs of owning and maintaining a boat. A wife, three daughters, three son-in-laws, and a grandson later, his love for boating and life on the water became integrated into all of our lives, becoming an activity that brings us together from different cities and states, to detach from the habitual groove we’ve created and… View Post

Camping at Palouse Falls  A few weekends ago, 4 friends and I spent 4+ hours in a cramped car full of camping gear and food on the road to Palouse Falls State Park.  With 3 California natives on the trip and only 1 solitary Washingtonian (who hadn’t been there either) we were eager to visit a new spot in our state. Truth be told, it’s really easy to stick to western Washington for mini road trips and weekend travels. We’re really spoiled with our access to islands, the Puget Sound and mountain ranges. After what seemed like forever in a car,… View Post

On our return flight from South America, both Jared and I remarked at our enthusiasm to spend the next few weeks at home.  With nothing on the calendar for a month, I mentally started filling up our open future with domestic dreams. At the top of the list was cooking all the “Foodie” recipes I had pinned, reconnect with our Seattle community, initiate Spring cleaning, and fix  up our guest bedroom.  The weather in February and March is notoriously dreadful so I came to accept that much of my time would be spent indoors and imagined cozy hours at  spent drinking coffee and reveling in a slower… View Post

We’ve made it through our first week back from South America.  Both Jared and I had to hit the ground running and it seemed to make the transition back to reality a little easier. Or at the least, we didn’t have time to dwell on the ending of our travels and sink into post vacation blues (…if you’re currently suffering from said sickness, check out my tips on how to bounce back quickly). I’ve been reflecting on our time away and each memory fills me with more gratitude for our safe, transforming and positive travel experiences.  Today I’m sharing my top 10 highlights from our 3 week trek around Chile & Argentina, in no… View Post

Packing for an exceptionally long flight? My travels have taught me what to include on my carry on to keep me occupied and comfortable for long hours in the air. Before my trip to Boston last month, I hadn’t endured a long flight for months.  To get from West coast to East coast is about 6 hours, plus a 3 hour time difference to adjust to.  I considered this practice as we prepare for a much longer flight to Santiago, Chile (approximately 17 hours of travel with a layover) in a few days! I thought about the carry on items that will ease the pain of crossing… View Post