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Throwback Thursday: Second Beach

Throwback Thursday: Second Beach

I was digging around through photos of past trips to upload to our relatively new Flickr page, and I stumbled across these from a quick end-of-season trip to Second Beach in September of 2013. I never got around to writing a blog post about it, maybe because this magical place is already our most blogged about location. Either way, these pictures brought back fond memories of a beautifully misty, grey weekend trip.

A surf camp took all the good campfire wood from the beach. That’s my one complaint from the weekend.

the sprawling surf camp

the sprawling surf camp

April 30, 2015 0 comments Read More
Detouring through Miller Peninsula–Thompson Spit

Detouring through Miller Peninsula–Thompson Spit

So our lives have been a whirlwind of wedding planning. This weekend was the cake tasting. Because I’m terrible at talking to vendors and making decisions, I’ll look around online for a while before I finally make a decision and talk to somebody. I called That Takes the Cake one day a few weeks ago, thinking they were located in Everett. “You know we’re located in Sequim, right? But we deliver…” “Uhh. I guess that’s fine. I already have you on the phone, so let’s just do this.”

So I set up a consultation and resigned myself to the fact that we’d have to drive to Sequim just to try some cake. Now, I have no problem with that, in reality. We love the Olympic Peninsula more than most places, so we never really need an excuse to get out there. Our appointment was in the evening, after the shop closed, so we had almost all day to go on a little adventure. My only requirement was that we didn’t get too sweaty, because I had to be ready to get all bridal for the tasting.

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April 29, 2015 28 comments Read More
Dodging Storms at Pete Lake

Dodging Storms at Pete Lake

Our mild winter and warm spring has left us dreaming of summer camping trips. We want to do more quick overnighter trips this summer, because they don’t require any time off and, while they can’t replace longer camping trips, they can be a quick fix and are certainly more memorable than weekends at home. For a bunch of reasons, we haven’t been able to go on any camping trips yet this year, but are looking forward to weekends we can.

One such quick trip that we went on last August was to the spectacular Pete Lake on the other side of the Cascades, near Roslyn, Washington. It was glorious, remote, and just barely far enough away that it was more worth it to camp than just hike. It was also a super easy and quick 4.5 mile hike in, with only 400 feet elevation gain.

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April 21, 2015 5 comments Read More
The Sights and Sounds of North Creek Park

The Sights and Sounds of North Creek Park

This weekend was a busy wedding planning weekend for us; we had our first floral consultation, contacted some caterers, and had dinner with our officiant and his wife to talk about what we wanted our ceremony to be (as well as catch up since it had been a while since we had seen them). So rather than go on one of our epic far away adventures that we love to do on the weekends, we decided to keep it a bit more local and visit the North Creek Park about 30 minutes north of Seattle in Mill Creek.

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April 19, 2015 0 comments Read More
The Ghost Town of Monte Cristo

The Ghost Town of Monte Cristo

Hoppy Easter! This weekend, we weren’t completely swamped with life or wedding to-dos, so we took advantage of the amazing spring weather and went on a beautiful hike to a wonderful, historical piece of the Cascades. For a whole slew of reasons, this was our first hike since February, so we wanted it to pack a punch but also not be extremely difficult for our soft hiking muscles. There was a post on my favorite Facebook hiking group stating that the Monte Cristo area, which is an old ghost town in the North Cascades, was going to be closed to the public for an indefinite period of time for EPA clean up. This hike has been on my list for a long time, and I had actually thought it had been closed down for a while and had given up hope on doing it anytime soon. However, when I saw this post, I jumped at the chance to see the area before this supposed cleanup happened. What were they going to clean up? Were they going to remove the historical artifacts from the area? Nobody knows what’s really going to happen to the area, so we figured this was our last chance to see it as it stands and has stood for a long time. As of now, it officially closes down on the 15th, so it was now or never for this weekend.

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April 7, 2015 3 comments Read More