The Great Washington State Farewell Tour

After I quit my job at Microsoft, Daniel and I decided to spend some time traveling around Washington state to visit family.  With our trip around the world only weeks away, we weren’t sure when we’d get a chance to see them again and wanted to say good-bye. We decided to make the trip as short as possible, so I put together an insanely ambitious schedule that involved driving all over the state.  We drove from Seattle to Spangle to Spokane to Palouse to Nooksack to Bellingham to Seattle again in a 4-day period.  That’s a total of 823 miles.

It’s Time for this Unicorn to Ramble

After staying put for a couple of years, I’m excited to announce that it’s time for some new adventures. Daniel and I both just quit our jobs and we are planning to travel the world for a few years. We have an empty nest now that his daughter is off to college, and so we figured now is a great time to go on some adventures together.

Artist Point Wedding

Sun streamed through the blinds in our bedroom at Sumas Mountain Lodge as I tiptoed out the door seeking breakfast. We’ve stayed at this rustic hotel many times before, but apparently our previous visits had taken place on the weekend. The ground floor restaurant, Bob’s Burgers and Brew, apparently did not serve breakfast on weekday mornings. And so that is how I found myself eating a breakfast of microwaved oatmeal on my wedding day in a gas station in Sumas Washington, suitcase in tow.

The Non-Bridal Shower

A few months ago, my sister Bethany asked if I wanted a bridal shower or bachelorette party before the wedding. So far, my focus has been on ensuring that the wedding is as simple and stress-free as possible. The idea of playing tedious parlor games or traipsing around in a veil and a tiara had me breaking into a cold sweat. No, thank you.

Pre-Wedding Visit to Artist Point and Nooksack Falls

We sit with our backs against a rock, holding hands and watching the shadows lengthen. Mt. Baker rises majestically behind us and Mt. Shuksan towers before us, its ragged top obscured by clouds. We had considered hiking further but aren’t prepared to face the snow hugging the steep trail ahead. So we stop and sit companionably in silence, drinking in the view and the soft afternoon light.

Lummi Island Ramble: Baker Preserve and Otto Preserve

It’s always fun to discover new trails. On a recent trip to Lummi Island, I took the opportunity to check out some footpaths in the area. There are three trails that I know of on Lummi Island, all managed by the nonprofit Lummi Island Heritage Trust. The Baker Preserve Trail is the best known of the three, and so I decided to start my explorations there.

WTA Work Party at Soaring Eagle Regional Park

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about doing trail maintenance work. Considering the thousands of miles that I’ve logged on well-loved trails, it was becoming a source of embarrassment to me that I’ve never volunteered to help maintain a trail. So, I recently joined a Washington Trails Association work party at Soaring Eagle Regional Park. Located on the eastern edge of the Sammamish Plateau, the 600-acre Soaring Eagle Regional Park a hidden gem among a dense network of suburban sprawl…