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April Adventures in Joshua Tree

April 5, 2017 in California / Travel

Two years ago while making our big move from Austin to L.A., we stopped for the night right outside of Joshua Tree. Our intention was to do a short hike there the next day and then finish our drive to our new apartment in El Segundo, but after 12+ hours of driving and a rather uncomfortable sleep, all we wanted to do the next day was press on to our new (and first!) home together.

Ever since then, I’ve been meaning to come back to Joshua Tree. It’s always seemed like one of California’s less “popular” parks, standing in the shadow of places like Yosemite and even Death Valley. Finally, we had a reason to come back to Joshua Tree (our friend’s wonderful wedding!) and do a bit of exploring.

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Tiny Hikes: Squak Mountain Central Peak

January 4, 2017 in Outdoors / PNW / Travel

My family didn’t have a lot of traditions when I was growing up. Sometimes my mom would try to get us to go around the table at Thanksgiving and say one thing we were grateful for, which nobody took very seriously (sorry, mom). The traditions Daniel and I have created so far have sprung up organically from things that we loved doing last year and want to do again, like our snowy New Year’s Day hike up Squak Mountain.

We picked the Central Peak trail last year because of the lack of high snow drifts and the avalanche danger that comes with it. There was a bit more snow at the peak this year, about 3-4 inches, which made the trek even more fun.

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Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory

November 29, 2016 in PNW / Travel

Vancouver is another place that lingered on my weekend trip list for far too long. Unfortunately for us, it decided to pour rain during our entire trip, scrapping most of the amazing, mostly outdoor suggestions I’d received from friends. One place that didn’t show up on my initial list ended up being one of my favorite places: the Bloedel Conservatory.

Combine beautiful palm trees, humidity levels not seen outside of the tropics, and tons of tiny finches running around and you’ve got an experience that feels decidedly like the opposite of what you’d expect during a Canadian winter.

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Four Tips for Airbnb Travel with a Dog

October 31, 2016 in Travel

Like a lot of people, I’ve wanted a dog ever since I could remember. For my fifth birthday I asked for “a puppy or a kitten.” I mean, I didn’t want to be picky. It’s good to leave your options open.

My parents were not pet people for reasons I couldn’t figure out until I realized how often we traveled and how expensive and time consuming it can be traveling with an animal. Almost every airline has a pet fee (if they allow pets at all) and it’s harder to find a hotel (pick two: clean, affordable, centrally located).

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Tiny Hikes: Trek to Snow Lake

October 26, 2016 in Outdoors / Travel

We didn’t get out this past weekend because we were moving our stuff a mile up the road to a new little townhouse in Capitol Hill. Here’s a little flashback to our hike to Snow Lake last month!

Snow Lake is the perfect hike if you want to stick close to Seattle and want a lot of bang for your buck. It’s not long or steep compared to some alpine lake hikes (looking at you, Rachel Lake!) and you’re treated to a beautiful lake view after just about two miles. What’s not to love?

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