Missouri’s Elephant Rocks State Park

It wouldn’t be a vacation for me without some sort of hike. So when I found myself in St. Louis recently visiting my good friend, Chris, his girlfriend, Jenna, wanted to take us to this strange rock formation located in southeast Missouri. While winding your way through dense forests of deciduous trees you start to…

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Drive around the sprawling metropolis of St. Louis, Missouri and you are likely to see the Cathedral Basilica’s giant green dome in the distance. While the Cathedral is stunning on the outside in its own right, what is hidden in the interior is truly breathtaking. The 83,000 square foot building was built between 1907 and…

Exploring Titlow’s tide pools

One of my favorite classes in junior high might surprise folks if they know me well. I would never say that science was a strong point, as I was happy to just get a passing grade in those classes. But in junior high I voluntarily took marine biology twice as an elective. For a brief…

Our garden is planted and hopefully it grows

It’s been such a cold, wet spring that I’ve been unsure when I would plant our garden this year. We finally hit 70 degrees recently, so I figured I’d take the risk of planting and hope for the best. The past two years, we’ve just stuck a bunch of seeds in the ground without really…

Tacoma’s War Memorial Park

While on a recent hunt to find new and fantastic ways to take photos of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the Olympic Mountains in the distance, I stumbled upon War Memorial Park in Tacoma. I’d often seen the narrow park and its two flag poles as a slice of it borders Jackson Street, which is…

Remodeling, the never-ending story

While some people are trying to build a wall, we’ve been trying to tear one down. Ever since we bought our house more than two years ago, we’ve dreamed of taking out the wall that separated our living room and dining room. Apparently in the 1950s they valued small, boxy rooms, otherwise the wall made…