Lifestyle & Travel

5 Reasons For Americans To Travel Their Own Country

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While some people envy those hopping around Europe, touring Asia, or soaking up the sun on the exotice beaches of Bali, I sort of envy the complete opposite vibe of all that. Granted, I want to visit more outside the United States in the future, and a luxurious Mediterranean cruise sounds lovely once in a while. However, those destinations are not that pressing because even though I’ve traveled to a good portion of the United States, there is still so much to this big ol’ country I have yet to explore. And really, I have always thought it silly to visit all the other countries (unless an inexpensive or rare opportunity presents itself) before first getting to know your own country.

The hubs and I have a few surrounding areas we want to visit while living in the Pacific Northwest, and we are slowly knocking those off our list. And lately, my dream vacation has just been a good old fashioned road trip. Specifically, there’s something to be said for a classic American cross country road trip. Even though we basically did that on our move out to Seattle from Columbus, Ohio, I am excited to do a different route on our move to the New England area in the near future.

So, what are the advantages for us Americans to travel around our own backyard?
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One Crazy August

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It’s been so long since I’ve written a single word not in an email that I ask you to please forgive me if this post just turns out to be one convoluted mess of a read.

As of August 15th, we have officially been living in Seattle for a year. And let me tell ya, folks… I don’t know if time moves along much faster here in the Pacific Northwest or if age is catching up to me, but it has flown by! It seems like yesterday we drove into Seattle exhausted, anxious, and excited with two equally tired and stressed out pups ready to begin a new chapter in our lives.

It took a bit of adaptation and adjustment, but life in downtown Seattle quickly became routine for us. We learned the best walking route for the pups. We came to know the regular homeless people setting up “shop” around Pike Place Market. We had our favorite produce guy at Frank’s and our favorite lunchtime hideaway from the crowds at Uli’s. We had a pretty stellar view of the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, crazy fog, beautiful skies, and gorgeous sunsets. Continue reading

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Celebrating Summer By Cycling Nude… Why Not?

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Sometimes, the city of Seattle makes me truly like her…

If I could only pick one nice thing to say about this city, it’s that the freedom of expression here is insurmountable… which is a good thing. Especially at a time when it seems like our country is going backwards in its views and actions… that we haven’t really evolved as much as we previously thought.

Granted, Seattle has its problems as do so many other cities in the United States. But, with so much hate that runs rampant throughout our great country, it’s refreshing to see Seattleites bare it all, so to speak, and join together in a celebration of not only the beginning of summer but of love, fun, and freedom… to be who we are and to be who we want to be. Continue reading

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Wanderlust I Must ~ All The Road Trips!

Sunset Drive Through Badlands National Park

There are days I get so restless I don’t know what to do with myself, and I’ve been having a few of those days lately.

Maybe it’s spring fever kicking in now.

Maybe it’s the world map propped up on my desk with push pins of the places we’ve been and of the places we want go in the near future.

Maybe it’s my natural nomadic tendencies.

Whatever it is, I have the itch to get on the road and explore. I know there is more to life than work, eat, and sleep and doing the same thing day in and day out. And now that we know the dogs can do pretty well and way better than we thought on the road, I have no qualms about packing up and moving again. Continue reading

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Where The Flavor’s At In Seattle

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Approximately two years ago, the husband and I moved to downtown Seattle from Columbus, Ohio. Somedays, it feels like yesterday and other days, it feels like we’ve been here for years and years. Coming from the midwestern city of Columbus, a lot of folks from the PNW seem to think we lived on a farm. Ha, right. Obviously, these people do not realize Columbus is a thriving city. And with that, it has a great food scene… some of the best, in our opinion…. rustic, unassuming, farm to table goodness that doesn’t shy away from flavor. And man, we sure do miss that food!

However, we have found a few gems that we believe are on par with our beloved hometown restaurants. So, I thought I would share what we’ve found so far to complement the Seattle Wander Guide post I wrote back in June 2014.

I’m breaking it down by neighborhoods, and I’m sure I’ll have more to add in the near future. But for now, this should get you started on a tasty, little food tour if you so desire and definitely without breaking the bank too much. (Don’t even get me started on the abundance of gourmet/fine dining in Seattle. I just want good food without the pretentiousness or triple+ dollar signs. Know what I’m sayin’?) Continue reading

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Exploring The Georgetown Steam Plant In Seattle

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Every second Saturday of the month, the Georgetown Steam Plant in Seattle is open to the public for free from 10am to 2pm. It can be a little confusing navigating how to get there, but if you see this crazy leaning tree, you’re really close! The entrance is right near it.

I enthusiastically suggest a visit if you’re into history at all or architecture… or steam… or ya know, power plants… maybe?

You get the idea. I won’t bore you with the historical details. You can obviously find that information elsewhere. Besides, I also don’t know all that much except its prominence in powering the streetcars in Seattle.

After stepping foot into the place, I was immediately distracted by how large the plant is and could definitely see the appeal of photographers and filmmakers renting the space for their creative endeavors. I mean… really! Continue reading

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Exploring & Urban Hiking Queen Anne In Seattle

Space Needle In Queen Anne's Backyard

I was a bit of a tomboy when I was a kid. I guess you could say I was pretty balanced actually. I loved pretty dresses and shoes, but I also knew the value of a t-shirt and worn jeans and didn’t mind getting dirty playing outside. Those qualities still pretty much hold true today as well.

When I was a wee girl though, I like to think I did my fair share of tromping around the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio. I have the scars of a childhood of playing outside whenever possible. I have the memories of scrapes and carefully pulling off ticks as well as getting bitten and stung by various insects. And, it was no big deal. Even with the ticks, it was all “pull it all out, you’ll be fine”. Now, it seems inevitable you’ll get Lyme disease.

So, even with all that lovely nature and coming across snakes and getting lost in the mountains, I loved being outdoors and immersing myself into Mother Nature’s realm. Continue reading

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A Different Kind Of Friday ~ Seattle Snapshots

I hope y’all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! The husband and I had a quiet and relaxing holiday weekend that consisted of eating so much food, watching the Seattle Macy’s Day parade in the rain, listening to the chants of protesters across the city, and catching a showing of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. (I really hate these two part-er movies!) I roasted a turkey and made way too much food that my husband and I had little difficulty in finishing off all by ourselves by the end of the weekend. Ooops. I love the holiday season, but I always look forward to them being over so I can again lose that five pounds or so I had lost before the holidays awakened the fat kid in me.

Instead of my usual gratitude posts where I spew how I’m thankful for cupcakes, puppies, my husband, and rainbows, I thought today I would just share some of my favorite images I’ve managed to capture since the husband and I arrived in Seattle… almost four months now! Whoa… time is flying!

Gorgeous sunsets over the Olympic Mountains and sailboats on the Puget Sound have been quite plentiful since we arrived up until recently. This is the view from our abode…

Seattle Waterfront Sunset Over The Olympics

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Exploring & Moving Across The Country With Dogs

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It has been almost three months since our little family traveled from Ohio to Washington. Time has flown by since we first drove into Seattle and immersed ourselves into downtown city life. It’s been a crazy ride… sometimes insanely stressful. But, the move actually went so well for us, and my little nomad pups can now add cross country move to their list of achievements! :)

As much as we wanted to visit so many areas of the country on our drive out, our top priority was making sure our most precious cargo was as comfortable and happy as possible. We acquired some anti-nausea medication from our awesome veterinarian (miss her so much!) which I think helped tremendously. The medication was a slight sedative and made them so much calmer. The Doodle usually hates riding in the car and almost always gets carsick, especially in the backseat. The Muppet practically hyperventilates from either excitement, anxiety, or a combination of both and has occasionally gotten sick in the car. During the 40 hour drive, we only had one incident of carsickness. I consider that a success! Continue reading

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Canada/New England Cruise Part 3 ~ Beloved Boston

*If you missed ’em, check out Part 1 ~ Magnificent Maine & Part 2 ~ ♪ O Canada ♫.

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After Canada, we had a day at sea before our last stop in the beautiful and proud city of Boston. A measly eight hours in this city is not nearly enough, and I long to visit again someday soon. It’s a gorgeous city with such a rich history that I have an insatiable need to thoroughly explore. *sigh* I’ll admit it, I’m in love with Boston. Continue reading

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