15 December 2010

To the “Valley Isle”

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Long before finding ourselves living on the West Coast, we’d been discussing the idea of visiting places along the Pacific Rim. It wasn’t very long after we moved into our Seattle apartment that we started thinking of destinations to try. It turned out that our first excursion was Maui. Our eleven […]

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30 April 2010

Seven Days, Four Seasons

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We’ve had ourselves some dramatic weather swings here in Yosemite, experiencing multiple seasons in a single 96-hour period. We arrived to a granite valley lit up by a bright and warm sun, followed by temperatures that cooled fairly significantly by the next morning. That by itself is pretty standard fare […]

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26 April 2010

Hiking Vernal & Nevada Falls

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What a day! Two years and two days into this lifestyle . . . and nothing could have prepared us for the sights and sounds we experienced today. We woke to some gloriously blue skies this morning and knew right away that we’d be spending as many hours as possible […]

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14 April 2010

We All Have Our Quirks

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We all have little quirky behaviors. But until you spend two years with someone almost 24/7 in 80 square feet, you don’t always notice these things. For instance: before we came out on the road, I never knew that when TJ gets really stressed out, he has this quirky little […]

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4 April 2010

Happy Easter, Jackrabbit!

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Today’s Easter Sunday, and we spent our morning taking a long walk on the connecting trails here at McDowell Mountain where we’ve been staying for quite a while now. What a sight: we came to a curve on the path and right there—three adult black-tailed jackrabbits and a baby happily […]

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30 March 2010

Oh, Owl!

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Some of you may know by now that we’re really loving all-things-bird. More and more each day, we’re trying to spend time just quietly observing these wonderful creatures. Take a look at the notes we’ve made in one of our most prized possessions, the National Geographic Field Guide to the […]

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19 February 2010

Hiking the Mesquite Flat Dunes

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We hiked the dunes at Mesquite Flat in Death Valley. The access to these dunes is right near our campground at Stovepipe Wells, you can see the dunes from our campsite. Each morning the dunes would glow in golden hues as the sun’s first light came across them. We’ve hiked […]

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21 September 2009

Hiking Mount Rainier

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Hiked the Burroughs Mountain trail in Mount Rainier National Park yesterday. Still struggling to find words that appropriately capture all the beauty we saw: the snow and ice, the clouds, and the glaciers flowing down “The Mountain” from peak to base. Any day that ends with spotting a herd of […]

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17 November 2008

Hiking the Narrows

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Today we hiked the Narrows in Zion National Park. This hike is 90 percent in the river so you will be wet. We rented some water proof pants and river shoes and took a walking stick as we were told hiking it without these would be very difficult and since […]

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15 July 2008

Hiking with Grizzlies

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We went on a great hike in Glacier National Park with a guy we met who was staying a few campsites away (Hey Jim!) Jim is on his own travel journey, he’s actually looking for a new town to call home and wants to move to Montana from Michigan. Since […]

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