When Injury and Travel Plans Collide

When Injury and Travel Plans Collide

It’s early Thursday morning, three days before my husband and I leave on an adventure to road trip Portugal, and I’m getting my head scanned for a “slow bleed” in my brain. Everyone is in on the rush job since I injured myself only two days prior, from my naturopathic doctor to the tech performing the scan. Upon leaving each appointment, they tell me “you’re going to have a wonderful time on your trip.”

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Hike the Harmony Trail in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Hike the Harmony Trail in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

The Harmony Trail was an unexpected short hike which made an excellent addition to our unexpected day at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At just under two miles round trip it's a relatively easy hike down to to the edge of Spirit Lake. The history of what happened to Spirit Lake during the 1980 eruption is simply fascinating and of all the points of interest in the park - this one captures my mind the most. 

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My Travel Essentials

My Travel Essentials

As I started packing for the trip about a week prior to take-off, I found myself packing in an entirely new way than in the past. Specifically, I've been packing based on what my travel essentials are versus what I think I'll need for every single day of the trip. Instead of planning each outfit to wear, I just bring my best tried and tested travel gear. It's been remarkably less stressful to pack this way since it's just a matter of bringing the best of the best. 

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One Day of Easy Camping Meals

One Day of Easy Camping Meals

For weekend camping trips within a few hours of our home base, I believe there's no reason to both overcomplicate and skimp on meals. All you need is a cooler with ice packs and you can bring just about anything, except ice cream I suppose. I'm also a big fan of doing as much prep work as possible at home to make meal preparation at camp much easier. This includes baking any goodies, washing all the produce, and preparing condiments and sauces.

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Trip Video: Oregon Coast Challenge

Trip Video: Oregon Coast Challenge

 After almost thirty years of living on the west coast, I'm happy to finally say I've driven every mile of it's coast line in the continental United States - at least in terms of major road ways. So now that I've seen it all, I feel I can safely say that the Oregon Coast may just be the very best part. From the amazing views at Cape Perpetua to my new favorite coastal beach, Hug Point - there's a whole lot to see. Certainly enough to deserve more than the day we were able to give it. 

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Listen: Podcasts for Creatives Who Live To Wander

Listen: Podcasts for Creatives Who Live To Wander

This month and last month have been a bit travel dry for me - a number of northwest road trips, but no grand adventures. To keep my spirits up and to motivate me to continue to pursue my path as a creative who lives to wander, I've gotten back into listening to podcasts. I listen on my way to and from work and often on lunch breaks when I need to get my head back into the creative world which makes me so happy. 

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Photo Essay: A Visit To the Kenai Peninsula

Photo Essay: A Visit To the Kenai Peninsula

In the past four years I've flown the route from Seattle to Anchorage at least eight times but until this past month, I had never made it down to the Kenai Peninsula. While I've driven the Seward Highway down the Turnagain Arm on every visit from March to July - I've never driven past the turn to the Portage Glacier and Lake. On my latest trip, I planned ahead to make it happen.

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Trip Video: Kauai

Trip Video: Kauai

It seems like I've either been on the road or involved in something as all consuming as moving since February. Time has just whirled by and our weeklong getaway to Hawaii's Garden Isle seems like far more than seven months ago. Despite the time and the rather soggy weather we encountered, Kauai unexpectedly became one of those special places to me. The north shore town of Hanalei Bay ranks up there with Encinitas, California and Kaiteriteri, New Zealand as one of those places I've visited and immediately felt right at home. 

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