Exploring Vashon Island, Washington

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The ferry ride out to Vashon Island

While visiting Seattle I realized that I had never taken a ferry ride out to any of the islands in the Puget Sound. Although the ferries are slightly costly, I decided to throw caution in to the wind and figure out which island I wanted to visit. I would be traveling with my friend Meg so I found us a suitable island that had things that both of us would like, a lighthouse for me and wine tasting for her… well OK the wine tasting was for both of us. I’m an only child – I plan most things to revolve around me. Continue reading

A Tall Needle, Flying Fish and a Wall of Gum: Sites of Seattle Washington

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Space Needle, Seattle Washington

Large cities often have landmarks that are recognizable even if you have never been to the city. You see Big Ben and you know you’re in London. The Eiffel Tower, you’ve got Paris. The Sydney Opera House, you know it’s Sydney. The Space Needle and you are in Seattle. Continue reading

Going underground in Seattle Washington

Underground tour Seattle Washington

Underground tour Seattle Washington

So why does Seattle have an underground? Well it all started in 1889 with the “Great Fire” that destroyed about 31 blocks in the business district. After the fire the city began to rebuilt, but this time with stone buildings instead of the previous wood buildings. The theory was that another fire was likely and the stone would prevent the fire from causing such destruction again.

The business district also sat on tide flats which helped encouraged the decision to raise the streets. The regrade averaged between 12 feet (3.65 m) to 30 feet (9.14 m). This meant that the the streets were now raised about a story above the businesses’ first floor. The old sidewalks, at ground level, or what was once ground level were left behind. They were closed over, thus creating the underground passages. Continue reading

Paws for Beer’s Spring 2015 Trip: Utah/Colorado/Arizona/Wyoming

My first trip of the year is planned and booked. This trip is unique in the fact that I have never planned a trip so close to my departure time. This trip was part of another trip I was going to take in the Fall of 2014 but got canceled because the company I worked for went out of business.  I was left with the decision of either going on the trip or paying my mortgage… decisions decisions. Continue reading

A Hidden Gem: Skookum Brewery in Arlington Washington

Skookum Brewery in Arlington Washington

Skookum Brewery in Arlington Washington

Don’t judge it from the outside my friend Amy said to me as we stepped out of her car and walked into Skookum Brewery. I laughed a little as I looked at the building, not because it was funny, but because it was funny that Amy thought I had not walked into places that looked just like this all the time. Continue reading

Taste testing beer at Redhook Brewery, Woodenville Washington

Taste testing beer at RedHook Brewery

RedHook Brewery

While I was driving through Washington State in December I decided to make a beer day of it. My first stop was Redhook Brewery in Woodenville. About 30 minutes away from Seattle, Woodenville is not the bustling city that Seattle is. Woodenville is more rolling hills filled with wineries such as Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery to name a few. Continue reading

To cruise or not to cruise. Why I think you should weigh the options

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The floating city we called home for a week!

When I went on my first curse I was 28 years old. I was skeptical that my friend Laura and I would be the only young people on the entire ship. Well it turns out I was wrong. And here’s why. Cruises are an inexpensive way to travel which is handy because when you’re young (unless you are Zuckerburg) you don’t have tons of money to spend on travel. Continue reading

My Mexican Cruise In Photos

It’s 28F degrees right now.  The ground is frosted, the sky is foggy and we have a chance of rain today.   And to my friends in the midwest, yes I am glad that it’s not a chance of snow :-).  To brighten everyone’s day I thought I would share some photos from my 2010 cruise to Mexico stopping in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Hope you enjoy!

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Mazatlan Mexico

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Lands End Cabo San Lucas

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Sunset in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

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taste testing tequila at Cabo Wabo

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Arriving to Cabo San Lucas Mexico

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Yelapa Mexico

Mexican cruise photos

Yelapa Mexico

Mexican cruise photos

Dolphins chasing the wake of the boat

Mexican cruise photos

The floating city we called home for a week!

How We Almost Missed The Boat In Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Cruise to Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Me channeling my inner pirate!

Puerto Vallarta was our last stop on our Mexican cruise. After this day we would have two full days steaming back to California.

We arrived on a beautiful day to Puerto Vallarta and departed from the boat for an early morning excursion. While we filled out information form the excursion, Laura and I made friends with this Green Macaw. I’m pretty sure this resulted in me thinking I was a pirate for the rest of the day. And let’s be honest – I do love rum! Continue reading