Pacific Northwest

Not too far, but far enough

Birds chirping at 5 in the morning that wake you up. The evergreen trees swaying in the wind. Clear blue lakes and rivers. Mountains beyond mountains. The sound of laughter nearby. It looked like I could have been home in Seattle, or just outside of Seattle. But, in fact, I was more than 300 miles… Continue reading Not too far, but far enough

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New Zealand: feeling kind of at home

Are you tired of hearing about New Zealand? I hope not because I have so many more thoughts and stories to share! Despite being on the other side of the world, New Zealand felt familiar to me. The country's time zone is "so far away" from us -- Pacific Standard Time here in Seattle --… Continue reading New Zealand: feeling kind of at home

Pacific Northwest, pre travel

Just like that, from summer to winter

Within a week I went from being in upper 80 degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures in Colombia to snowy trails in the Pacific Northwest. Just like that, from summer to winter. No, it's not snowing in Seattle. Yesterday I dragged Bryce with me to go on a "short nature walk" that turned into a five-mile hike. After… Continue reading Just like that, from summer to winter

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Being a holiday tourist in your hometown

A few weeks ago if you had asked me if I had done any "Christmas activities" my answer would have been "no" followed by a long sigh. (I love Christmas and everything about the holiday season — with a hard exception for eggnog). To make sure I efficiently and effectively got into the Christmas spirit,… Continue reading Being a holiday tourist in your hometown

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Home is where the rain is

I'm from Seattle.  As the years pass by, this phrase has more and more clout for me. There is constantly construction going on downtown. More and more transplants arrive in droves to work at Amazon, or the next up and coming start-up. There are just fewer and fewer Seattleites in Seattle. It's a known fact.… Continue reading Home is where the rain is