Low Tide and a Toddler in Birch Bay, WA

During a recent visit to see my dear friend and college roommate, I had the opportunity to explore one of the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secrets—Birch Bay, Washington. Five minutes after walking out her front door, the four of us (my friend, her two children, and myself) crossed over a rocky path and onto the …

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Photo Focus – The Oregon Coast

Those of us born in the 1980s are intimately familiar with the Oregon Trail computer game. A lucky few have completed the pilgrimage from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with all of their family members, oxen, and provisions in tow, while the majority were lucky to make it to Idaho with a loaf of …

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The Top 5 Series: Things I absolutely cannot travel without

Packing for a big trip is daunting. In fact, the only way that I’m able to attack the task is with a big glass of wine and the original “Jock Jams” CD. “LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE” launches me into action and helps to channel my Chi so that I can count out pairs of …

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Photo Focus – iPhone Treasures in Graeagle

There are few things more frustrating than missing a great shot because your big DSLR camera isn’t locked-and-loaded or is back in the hostel safe. I don’t typically travel with my iPhone (for fear of losing it), but boy-oh-boy I think I’m going to start. While enjoying my family vacation last week in Graeagle, CA …

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The Long Journey Home: And Then I Got Dengue Fever

Dengue fever sucks. I’ll start with that. It’s especially terrible if you have to tackle 22-hours of air travel on the day that it hits you. Seriously, ick. If you’re anything like me, you may have stumbled upon this post during a Google search for, “Will I die from dengue fever?” Well, you are in …

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The Long Journey Home: A Dramatic Arrival

The moment had finally arrived—after 22 hours in transit, I approached the “Live Animals” baggage office at SFO to claim my Thai dog, Lady. I had worried about her constantly throughout the flight from Phuket to Seoul, 5-hour layover, and final 10-hour haul to California. As I turned the handle, an airline worker backed out …

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