Category Travel

Christmas in the Neighborhood

In the afternoon on Christmas Day, I put on my boots and walked down my street. A few neighbors had Christmas lights up and trees in their windows and my neighbor shared a photo of a snowman from around the…

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My First White Christmas

Christmas Eve came with soft snowfall late in the day–so delicate, it was almost undetectable. It persisted through the night and I woke to a magical landscape of sparkly white, lightly piled on every surface. Each tree limb, leaf and…

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Reindeer!

I was expecting to check out some native plants at a local nursery, and was surprised to see these two chill ladies. Dasher and Blitzen visit Swansons Nursery in Seattle every year for their annual Reindeer Festival. The festival, one…

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Australia!

I have arrived in Australia, Straya, Oz, the land down under–land of many nicknames. I crossed both the equator and the international date line to get here, travelled well over 16 hours, and lost a day to boot–so yeah, I’m…

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Sacramento, California

Though we only stopped for an hour or so, I’m sure I could easily lose time in Sacramento’s parks, unique shops and cafes, and it’s fascinating street art. We grabbed a second cup of wakey juice for the day at…

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Auburn, California

The town of Auburn, known for it’s Gold Rush history, is a pleasant day-trip option. Historic buildings and a courthouse from the late 1800’s add to it’s character, and it offers plenty of shopping options. At the crossroads of Sacramento…

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Courthouse Coffee in Auburn

After a long haul from Salt Lake–straight through Nevada and into California–we stopped for the night in Truckee. The tall pines were a welcome sight as we wove through the Sierra Mountains. When we reached Auburn, Courthouse Coffee, across the…

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Bonneville Salt Flats

Departing from the city, we arced around the Great Salt Lake and into the salt flats. Along the way, is this intriguing tower. This 87-foot-tall sculpture, titled Metaphor: The Tree of Utah, was created by the Swedish artist Karl Momen…

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City seems to me very placid and safe. The neighborhoods as well as the downtown area appeared calm and clean. Also, Salt Lake City’s light rail system offers a Free Fare Zone within the downtown area. For dinner,…

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