pre travel, travel

Packing woes

There are two things I obsessively check the weather for: an upcoming marathon and upcoming travels. They are kind of one in the same. I usually start checking two weeks prior to my departure, which I know is too early since weather patterns can obviously change that far out. But, I must know what conditions… Continue reading Packing woes

Pacific Northwest

Snapshots of Camano camping

Grey skies, but moments of sun breaks. No rain. Spotting a pod of small dolphins! Next to the beach. Walking a loop trail that eventually returned us to our campsite. Tall evergreen trees. "Is that an island? Or is that a boat?" "What?" "Over there." *Unsure ... but eventually we agree that it's a very… Continue reading Snapshots of Camano camping

Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver
canada

The trip where everything just worked out

I'm a runner who is trying to remember what it's like to be an uninjured runner again. For me, that meant signing up for a race, setting a race goal, training for the race — and then running the race. I chose the Seawheeze Half-Marathon in Vancouver, Canada. I was more worried about getting to… Continue reading The trip where everything just worked out

canada, travel

In the nick of time

I kept refreshing Google maps on my phone. We would be cutting it very close. We were driving from Sea-Tac Airport to the Vancouver Convention Center, a 160-mile drive, in Friday afternoon rush hour. I know, not the best idea. But, Bryce's flight from a work trip had him landing at Sea-Tac just before 3… Continue reading In the nick of time

new zealand, Uncategorized

Random thoughts on running and recent travels

[Written last night at 9:45 pm] I'm running a half-marathon in another country — yes, Canada — in three days. I love running in Vancouver, BC. It's the main reason I signed up for this race. Oh, and redemption. But, I have a running blog to write about that. It's safe to say that a… Continue reading Random thoughts on running and recent travels

Cape Lookout State Park
Pacific Northwest

To the Oregon Coast!

"Maybe we'll find some sand dollars," I said to Bryce as we left out campsite and walked to the beach. It was around 7:30 in the morning and while it wasn't exactly low tide, the tide was still fairly low. We were camping at Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon Coast. I had spent… Continue reading To the Oregon Coast!

Tillamook Creamery
Pacific Northwest

Will travel for cheese

"Are you lactose intolerant, Kristin?" As I have gotten older, I am asked this question more frequently. (Most recently, even from my own brother!) There's no way I am lactose intolerant. I eat yogurt with granola for breakfast almost every day. I drink a glass of milk with dinner when I'm at my parents' house.… Continue reading Will travel for cheese