Location Scouting in Astoria, Oregon : Day 2

On Day 2, I awake and am further impressed by the universe, the sun, the little corner of the Earth I call home, the Pacific Northwest, the town of Astoria, and this hotel/hostel. The rooms have such an amazing natural light that keeps me slow and sleepy and a lazy morning finally leads Brian and I to breakfast at the Columbian Cafe. Continue reading “Location Scouting in Astoria, Oregon : Day 2”

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Location Scouting in Astoria, Oregon : Day 1

A few weeks ago we were making dinner at my house and Gabrielle mentioned that her boyfriend, Ben, was coming to visit. We decided to do something special, get out of Seattle, and take a weekend road trip.

We considered a few destinations, but finally settled on Astoria, Oregon. Continue reading “Location Scouting in Astoria, Oregon : Day 1”

#TBT Euro-trip 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

It’s not everyday that your sister invites you to travel Europe with her and offers to pay most of the expense. But it was one day, in 2015, and I could not answer anything but “yes.” We flew into London and then journeyed down to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. I flew home, she continued onward. These are some highlights from our visit: Continue reading “#TBT Euro-trip 2015 (Part 1 of 2)”

Exploring : Route 66 (Part Two)

(for part one, click here)

One day I was watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians (philosophy and critical analysis to be blogged one day soon) and Kris Jenner mentioned that at the end of family vacations she always asked everyone what moment was their “peak” and what was their “pit.” Inspired, I asked my father and sister the same question at the end of our journey. Funny enough, I’ve already forgotten what everybody’s “pit” was because those are the moments that matter the least – but we could all agree that the “peak” was our visit to the City MuseumContinue reading “Exploring : Route 66 (Part Two)”

Exploring : Route 66 (Part One)

Ever since I was a kid, my dad has been taking me on road trips. He loves driving; I love maps and scenery; we both love exploring and learning about the world around us.

We decided to take what’s often lauded as “the ultimate road trip” in a rather impromptu way. My dad was in Ohio for business and I had just received a work schedule that cut my hours to less than 20 a week. By switching a couple shifts, I was left with a large swath of days off and I booked a one-way ticket to Chicago. We’d meet there and then drive back to the west coast via the storied highway 66. My sister, Madison, liked the idea too and joined us.   Continue reading “Exploring : Route 66 (Part One)”

Landscapes I Have Recently Seen

The Top o’ Mt. Erie (Anacortes, WA)

Kiket Island (Washington’s newest state park)


That’s the Deception Pass bridge in the distance.

Father’s Day Road Trip to Okanogan


Baker Lake, along Highway 20

Recreating the “Sound of Music”


Exploring ghost towns along the WA-Canada border


Checkin’ out these beautiful blondes…


Hike to Goat Peak Lookout


Another bad jump/frolic photo.

Dog Blog Post

I’ve recently adopted a wonderful dog I’ve named Aoife (AY-fuh). She’s the sweetest, nicest, most well-behaved animal I’ve ever encountered. She’s the best puppy anyone could ask for and so now I present to you some pictures exemplifying her cuteness:


First day meeting new friends!


Hanging out at Lake Chelan


Loving those car rides!


Exploring the woods


At the summit of our first “big” hike (Little Mt. Si)


Photoshoot in the front yard