Love At First Hike, and a Shrimp Festival to Boot

The hike was around 4 miles round trip at an elevation of just over 2000. That meant 2 miles up and 2 miles down. Seemed simple enough… or so I thought.


The first time I ever went hiking in Washington I knew I was hooked. Even though there were a few moments where I thought I was going to throw up, pass out, or worse…fall off the side of the mountain.

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I Find Myself in the Most Beautiful Place

It’s 4 pm and I’m sitting at a kitchen table facing the Juan de Fuca as the smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air. Outside and straight ahead of me I see the wind swaying the trees and encouraging the waves.

Today I find myself sitting in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my entire life. I’m in a remote cottage that’s located on the top of a cliff in Northwestern Washington. To my left, there are the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and to my right, our hillside overlooks the Juan de Fuca waterway. I’m surrounded in every direction by natural beauty, it is breathtaking and the first place I’ve ever been that I never want to leave.

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A Birthday Weekend in the Olympic National Park

I spent my 25th birthday with my boyfriend and 2 of our close friends backpacking through the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park of Washington.

This world can be a real son of a gun sometimes.

It can make you lose hope, lose direction, lose yourself, and on really crappy days maybe even lose your faith in humanity.

However, I’m not here to talk about that side of the world, I think we all hear enough about that crap already.

I’m here to talk about the other side, you know, the one where all the rare gems hide.

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