With only 48 hours in a weekend, and probably 16 or so of those dedicated to sleeping, there isn’t much time left for travel or adventuring. One of the major perks of living in the Pacific Northwest is it’s accessibility to nature. Without spending all day in a car, driving a few hours in any direction from Seattle will lead you to National Parks & Forests, alpine lakes or at the coast and put you in full weekend warrior mode.  While I don’t want to spend the majority of my time IN a car, a few weekends ago I was reminded of the comfort… View Post

When the flu kept my friend from hitting the trail with me this weekend, I decided to hike it anyways by myself. I thought of it as a one-on-one date with nature, something I haven’t done in a long time. I arrived at Annette Lake trailhead early, laced up my boots and hit the dirt. Within the first .2 miles of this hike, I had stopped and spent at least 5 minutes fiddling around with my camera settings, trying to get the best shot of the waterfall rushing underneath the bridge I was standing on. Already, this hike was a departure from… View Post

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