Flying with a toddler

As some of you may know, Catarina and I recently took a short trip to Odessa, Texas, to see my sister Tori graduate from University of Texas-Permian Basin. Our trek took us nearly 2,000 miles by way of plane. We flew Southwest Airlines so we had one layover in Las Vegas each way. I have a…

Mt. Rainier: A castle in the clouds

One of the best parts about living in Washington state is randomly stumbling upon different views of Mount Rainier. Of course, just because you live nearby doesn’t mean you will actually get to see the mountain. The first three times Veronica visited Washington, Rainier was shrouded by clouds – and two of those trips occurred…

Suntop Mountain fire lookout

Veronica and Catarina flew home to Texas for the weekend, leaving me in an empty house for the first time in two years. What is a man to do when he is suddenly a bachelor again? Go hiking, of course. A co-worker – Thomas Kyle-Milward – and myself wanted something that was nearby, would give…

Flashback Friday: Palouse Falls State Park

For our latest Flashback Friday post, we are revisiting one of our favorite waterfalls: Palouse Falls State Park in Eastern Washington. As you drive through the rolling farmland of the Palouse, it is hard to imagine that somewhere in the middle of it is one of Washington state’s most majestic waterfalls. Palouse Falls stands at…

Point Defiance Park: Part I

After church recently, we were looking for somewhere to go nearby that would afford us an easy hike to take our daughter on, while still giving us a bit of a workout and enjoy the nice weather we’ve been having. So, along with what seemed like the rest of Tacoma, we headed to Point Defiance…

Navigating the farmers market (and a listing of markets near Tacoma)

We’ve all heard it a million times. “Buy local.” “Get to know your farmers” “Real food, real close” All the locavore, yadda, yadda, mess. That’s what people say we should be doing and yet not all of us do it. So maybe you aren’t into green living. I mean sure you recycle (sometimes), and you…