Visiting Seattle’s neighborhoods, Green Lake edition

Typically when Veronica and I head to Seattle these days we always go downtown. We use Priceline, get a fancy hotel, spend too much money on parking and wander around that small portion of the city. Recently we went to a birthday party in the Wedgewood neighborhood, which is north Seattle near Lake City. Rather…

A quick trip to Newport, Oregon

As we were preparing to head to Newport, Oregon, for our friends Geoff and Maria Folsom’s wedding, I asked all the Oregonians I know if they had any recommendations or advice.   Nearly all of them either said they’d never been there or that there is nothing to do there. Color me a bit surprised after…

Kalaloch Beach and campground

Beach or mountains? That was the question Veronica and I faced when we decided to do a last-minute camping trip. Since it is late May, and the weather isn’t generally all that warm in the mountains this early, we chose beach. And that turned out to be a fantastic choice, even though the weather wasn’t…

Hiking and camping with a newborn or toddler

I can count on one hand the number of times I went camping growing up. I grew up in a small, dusty city in West Texas. When people went on vacation it usually meant you were going to Six Flags. Even so, I’ve always loved camping. Admittedly I hate being dirty, but there’s something so relaxing about…

Flashback Friday: Moran State Park

For the first installment of our Flashback Friday trips we take a look back at our trip to Orcas Island. To celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary in June 2014, we decided to getaway for the weekend and do some whale watching. So we dropped Catarina and Molly off with family and took the ferry from Anacortes to…

Port Townsend: City of Dreams

Our overnight trip to Port Townsend was spurred on by a work assignment. I wanted to write a day-trip story for my paper about a small town with lots to offer. While there are many places in Washington that fit this billing, The City of Dreams is the only one so close to Tacoma.