White Sand National Park
United States

Hiking, sledding and just in awe at White Sands

I was nervous sliding down that first sand dune. While I won't knock something until I try it, I tend to be a scaredy-cat when I think I could get hurt. Example: It took me until I was 22 years old to ride a roller coaster at Disneyland. Turns out I love them. (I even… Continue reading Hiking, sledding and just in awe at White Sands

post travel, United States

72 hours in the Southwest — lots of driving and very worth it

I'm no stranger to long road trips. Or, lots of driving done in a short amount of time -- as was the case last weekend. Bryce and I had planned a few months ago to do a Southwest road trip. We would hit up White Sands National Monument Park, Roswell and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.… Continue reading 72 hours in the Southwest — lots of driving and very worth it

Fushimi Inari
japan

Kyoto: Sloshing about at Fushimi Inari

Being from Seattle, we scoff at people who use umbrellas. We don't need umbrellas! Yes, it rains but it's usually just an off-and-on type of rain, or a light drizzle. Nothing our rain jackets, or even a hoodie, can't handle! However, I was grateful I brought my grandmother's umbrella with me on our trip to… Continue reading Kyoto: Sloshing about at Fushimi Inari

Pacific Northwest, post travel, seattle

Seattle snow days, sort of

There seems to be a trend where I go on vacation and come home to Seattle snow. Last year it was after our three-week honeymoon in New Zealand. I arrived back home to snow-covered streets and multiple more snow days that followed. That time, Seattle received more than a week of "significant" snow. I was… Continue reading Seattle snow days, sort of

japan, post travel

Japan: bullet trains, family time, good food and lots of walking

I've been back home in Seattle for four days and am still trying to recover from my jet lag. I enjoyed a fantastic two-week vacation in Japan visiting family and also exploring new places. Isn't that the best though? When you get to see family and also see new cities you have never been to?… Continue reading Japan: bullet trains, family time, good food and lots of walking

post travel, travel

2019 Travel Year in Review

I won't bore you with all the itty-bitty details, but this past year was pretty great travel-wise! January-February: Three-week honeymoon in New Zealand. We book-ended the trip with stops in Hawaii before and after, which nicely split up the travel time from Seattle, and allowed us to visit family. New Zealand is AH-MA-ZING. We drove… Continue reading 2019 Travel Year in Review

seattle

Home for the holidays, and feeling rushed

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and there are so many "holiday things" I haven't had a chance to do this season. I didn't run through Candy Cane Lane all lit up. I didn't go downtown. I didn't even take a walk in my neighborhood at night to rate all the Christmas lights! And, as much as… Continue reading Home for the holidays, and feeling rushed