June 21, 2015

A Weekend on the Olympic Peninsula

When we lived in Houston, the closest trip of any interest was a three hour drive to Austin, a city we'd lived in for six years. Other than that, the next closest point of interest was New Orleans, and we visited twice in a year. My point is, you are left struggling with cool road trip ideas when you're stuck in the armpit of America. Or really anywhere in Texas. That's yet another huge benefit of living in Seattle; we are so close to so many great sites: two hours from Vancouver, a little more than two hours to Portland, and just short ferry rides and drives to multiple islands and exciting mountain adventures. We decided to take advantage last weekend and explore the Olympic Peninsula.

June 01, 2015

May in Snapshots

The older you get, the faster the years zoom by. I can hardly believe we're already halfway through 2015! Below, the month of May in moments and pictures.
Goodbye Lonestar, hello Rainier: mountain fresh beer.

April 25, 2015

Birthday or b-day

My last four birthdays have all been celebrated in different locations. For my 30th, I was in Austin, my 31st in Turkey, my 32nd in Houston, and my 33rd in Seattle. I documented the last two birthdays on this blog, and I figured it's a decent enough tradition to follow. The older we get, the easier it is for all these birthdays to sort of blur together.
Birthday artwork from my beloved niece Isabella!

April 11, 2015

Musings and Snapshots: Two Months in Seattle

This past Tuesday, Jarrad and I celebrated our two month anniversary in Seattle. Our first couple of months here have been pretty swell; I think we are fortunate to be experiencing a dry spell? I'm not sure, but it honestly has not rained much here at all! At most we've had one rainy day per week, and even then it's mostly a drizzle. In any case, we're still walking on air! I thought it'd be a nice to do a top five list for Seattle and then reflect on it a few years from now. Without further ado, here are five things we really love about this city.

March 31, 2015

Our First PNW Hike

With every move, Jarrad and I learn more about ourselves and what we need from the place we call home. Before we left for New York City, I loved Austin. However, once we returned, I felt like there just wasn't enough to do and explore in the city and its surroundings. This was due mostly to the way we experienced life in New York City, which is a place packed with possibility and adventure. Our time in New York, however, made us realize just how much we appreciate open green spaces, and so on and so forth. That's one of the best aspects of moving and traveling; you are always learning something new about yourself and your relationship, and it helps you grow in ways that staying in one place does not. Hence that ever popular quote, "Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life's not meant to be lived in one place." And I can't say that I don't agree.

During our big trip, we learned that we truly loved to hike. Every opportunity we had to hike was just a really joyful event, and we did some all day treks that just reinforced our need to live in an area where hiking could be easily accessible. That was actually a huge reason as to why we chose Seattle. It's near three national parks, it's nestled between two mountain ranges, and the city itself is quite hilly. Even a short walk in Seattle requires some sort of elevation gain. This past Monday we took advantage of the sunny dry weather to go on our first hike outside of the city, and drove an hour northeast to Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, which extends along the Western side of the Cascade Range.