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Driving the Cascade Loop

Driving the Cascade Loop

October 16, 2017 |  Category:   Seattle & the NW travels

This summer in Washington, we took a road trip on a route called “The Cascade Loop”, a 440 mile drive through some of the most diverse landscapes in the Northwest Washington. Leaving from our stay in Lummi Island, we headed towards North Cascades National Park with a few planned stops along the way before lodging for a night roughly halfway through our drive near a town called Winthrop. Our first stop: Diablo Lake. Seeing photos of the mesmerizing green-blue color of this expansive lake doesn’t really prepare you for what it looks like in real life. The color is indescribable——a brilliant turquoise that gets its hue from glaciers that are ground into a fine powder by rocks and suspended on… CONTINUE READING

An evening at The Willow’s Inn

An evening at The Willow’s Inn

September 25, 2017 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

There are certain meals in your life that will always be remembered (a milestone birthday at Eleven Madison Park a number of years ago comes to mind, for example). It's not necessarily a fancy meal at a restaurant that makes an evening memorable–—so many factors can make a meal special, but this summer we were fortunate enough to dine at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Mark's family had been talking about this restaurant for years, and we decided that this summer would be the year that we finally make a reservation. While the food was spectacular, the location was equally special, and the company even more so. It's the sort of trip that our family will… CONTINUE READING

The Charm of Quebec City. Like Europe, but closer

The Charm of Quebec City. Like Europe, but closer

April 23, 2017 |  Category:   travels

Quebec City has always been one of the places from my road trip travels during college days that I’ve always wanted to return to. It was just a short visit the last time I was there – a pit stop on our way towards a much longer camping trip somewhere in the woods along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, but what I do remember was that the city totally charmed me. The weather during our stay was cold and wet; old snow was still shoveled into piles along the sidewalk. It was a pretty shocking change to go back to winter weather from the previous day when we drove through Vermont in near 80 degree temperature. But there’s something… CONTINUE READING

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

October 19, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

When we visited Letchworth State Park earlier in the year, we could only imagine how beautiful it must be in the Fall when the leaves turned golden. We didn't return to that particular park on a recent trip upstate, but New York in the Finger Lakes region is so abundant with gorges and waterfalls that visiting all the state parks in the region will keep us busy for years. About 4 hours north of NYC, just south of Seneca Lake, is Watkins Glen. The centerpiece of the park is the narrow gorge which was carved by glaciers. Waterfalls cascade down in a series of pools and the gorge trail is an intricate walkway of stone steps and bridges along the… CONTINUE READING

Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the US

Cape Flattery, the most northwestern point in the US

September 21, 2016 |  Category:   favorite posts life Seattle & the NW travels

It often starts with a photo. A photo of a place that seems so unreal, I need to see it for myself. And sometimes, that is how I plan our summer trips back to Washington. Luckily for us, there is so much to see in the Pacific Northwest that our annual summer trips to visit family don’t feel the same every year. It’s enabled us to travel affordably and still feel like we got away. And Cape Flattery? It’s one of those places that we keep saying we should visit, even when we lived in Washington. But honestly? I’m not sure I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger. There’s something about having lived through all the… CONTINUE READING

Sunset at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Sunset at Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

September 14, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

As much as we can try and document certain places for the benefit of others to enjoy (or for ourselves to remember later), photos often fail to convey the beauty and thrill of an experience. I think a view might be better appreciated when you work for it by hiking miles or straight up a side of a mountain – it’s a reward. But let’s talk about this view! I loved this sunset hike on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. In a last minute change of schedule, we decided to drive here for the sunset rather than hiking the ridge in the morning, mostly because we wanted to participate in the stargazing program after sundown. Aside from a few… CONTINUE READING

The gorges and waterfalls of Letchworth State Park

The gorges and waterfalls of Letchworth State Park

May 16, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

I can only imagine how absolutely stunning this park would be in the Fall when the leaves are at its peak glory. Because of our seasonal school and business schedules, we always seem to travel upstate to visit family when its cold and bleak. When we left the city for Spring break at the end of April, the trees had just burst with green seemingly overnight, but as we drove further north, it was like turning the clock back on time into winter. The trees became bare again and the unseasonably cold weather and perpetual gray skies didn’t help. I kept exclaiming in the car how brown everything was. But this view right here, the middle falls of Letchworth State… CONTINUE READING

The Tides may be changing again

The Tides may be changing again

April 6, 2016 |  Category:   life outings travels

There is nothing like discovering a special new-to-you place for the first time and tucking it away as a memory to pull out on days when things seem rocky. It was a cold Easter weekend when we took a spontaneous road trip to Boston. Didn’t think we’d be heading to the ocean on this trip, but my cousin must share a fondness for drives and views like I do because she suggested this park near Rockport, Massachusetts. I like the ocean in any form, but I like rocky, dramatic beachscapes the best. We didn’t stay too long because of the wind and cold, but long enough to get our fill of ocean air. The waves were really rough that day.… CONTINUE READING

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

January 25, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

January, so far, has started off quite busy. 3 weeks into the new year and it’s already been a full month of travel. A week and a half after we landed from Seattle, I got back on a plane to the West Coast, this time to San Francisco. I’ve never been much of a conference attending person, even during the height of the blogging years, but last week I flew to San Francisco to attend a live stream video conference called SummitLive. I’ve been meaning to write more about my “other life” as a community and growth manager at the tech start up I’m working at. If you’ve stuck with me through this blog for the past few years, then… CONTINUE READING

The Northwest in Winter

The Northwest in Winter

January 9, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

2016. Sounds like a date in the future, doesn’t it? This is what I would have thought when I was a kid. We spent a week in between Christmas and New Years in Washington, the first time we’ve spent the holiday season anywhere other than NYC in nearly 20 years ago. I’ll admit, getting on a plane was the last thing we wanted to do after Christmas, but once we got there (and after we got acclimated to the cold, which was a sharp contrast to the freakish 70 degree weather we had around Christmas here in NY), we were happy for a change of scenery. Visiting a city in a different season that you’re otherwise familiar with is almost… CONTINUE READING

seize the weekend. Magic in the Berkshires.

seize the weekend. Magic in the Berkshires.

October 24, 2015 |  Category:   favorite posts life seasonal travels

Sometimes it takes a little effort to find magic. In a totally spontaneous moment, we decided to drive up to Massachusetts last weekend without a real agenda. We just wanted to get in the car to see where it would take us. We were lucky to find a last minute room at an inn – using credit card points no less – so we didn’t think twice about booking the trip. The Northeast had a brief weekend cold blast (by contrast, it was in the 70s much of this week), so we piled winter coats, hats and gloves in the trunk. As we continued to drive North, the change in the trees became more vibrant and I felt this need… CONTINUE READING

Hawaii, childhood, and the threads that connect us

Hawaii, childhood, and the threads that connect us

September 24, 2015 |  Category:   favorite posts travels

So many photos I know, but it’s been almost a month already since our trip and we’re fully entrenched back in Brooklyn life. Looking at these photos now make our time in Hawaii seem like a dream. Isn’t that a funny thing? In many ways this Hawaii trip brought us full circle. We brought the girls to the hotel where we got married in Kahala and had afternoon tea service much like we did the day before the wedding. That hotel lobby is as grand as ever and this might have been the best tea service I’ve had any where yet.… CONTINUE READING

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