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My Travels Tag

August 21, 2012. My plane lands and I practically stumble off, exhausted from a very early DC departure. The moment I enter the bustling airport, I am immediately invigorated by the glorious, rich smell of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I have arrived. My 2 days in Seattle have begun! The next

[caption id="attachment_2649" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image by Frank Wilson[/caption]   I stumbled across a marked-up essay from 1997 as I was cleaning out a dusty and over-filled cabinet. Sitting on my floor, papers littered all around me, I was transfixed as I re-read it to myself. The assignment was simple- "Write a descriptive essay." While

I've always loved photographing windows. The structure, the architecture... the promise of what view lies outside it. Something about them always has enticed me to whip out my camera and snap a quick shot. And sometimes, it isn't even the actual window itself, per se, but the way a reflection bounces off

On my recent trip to Seattle, I pretty much spent my first day eating my way through the city. Everything that I sampled that day was fresh, delicious and distinctly local. From the spongy yet inexplicably crunchy crumpet with creamy, homemade ricotta and tart lemon curd from The Crumpet Shop to

After driving over 5 hours yesterday to visit Olympic's beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, we stuck closer to our campsite for our third and final day. But in Olympic, we didn't need to drive far to experience some magnificent scenery. We started by taking the 17 mile road from Port Angeles

Just shy of 1,500 square miles, Olympic National Park is the 13th largest National Park in the US. Olympic's unique because it contains 3 distinct eco-systems within its borders. At lower elevations, it's home to temperate rain forests with moss-drapped trees and ferns aplenty. Then, there's the 73 miles of

My parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this summer by taking a 6 week road trip across the US. Just them, a camper van and America's best national parks. (It's tight quarters, so I guess they still must like each other!) I coordinated my Seattle trip to align with their

After such a spectacularly whirlwind-tastic first day exploring Seattle, I was ready to use my second day to slow things down just a bit. Part of travel isn't just hitting all of the top sites but trying to also get a feel for what the destination is all about. What

Today, I flew to Seattle. I left on a 6 am flight... incredibly early. All in an effort to give myself as much time today as possible so I could begin my  whirlwind tour  of the city. (What I like to call "unapologetic tourist syndrome.") I arrived at 10:30 AM, perky

I was going through my old videos, and found this one from my Tongariro Crossing hike in 2009. You can see the volcanic activity that I mentioned earlier this week was evident. http://youtu.be/WuTYP-qfkcM

Earlier this summer, I visited Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello. I went to college just over an hour from the 5,000 acre plantation and, would you believe that this was my first visit? (Sidenote: I'd traveled to Charlottesville just once during my tenure at JMU, and that was to go to

Nearly 4 years ago, I hiked the Tongariro Crossing on New Zealand’s North Island. Rugged and steep and notoriously treacherous, it was by far the most difficult hike I’d ever completed at that time. But the effort was worth it -- it was gorgeous. I was really amazed by the