Poipu, Kauai: Day 5 Sunshine

It was time for a full day of sunshine. Earlier in the trip we only got snippets of the sun and needed a serious beach day. I had been to Kauai a couple years before and remembered hearing that the south side was consistently sunny in the winter compared to the north shore. We packed…

Kauai Island, Hawaii – Day 4 Chocolate Farm Tour

I don’t always like to go on guided tours, but sometimes they are worth attending. Typically we like to go on a lot of our own adventures during a trip with one or two guided to see things that we may have not found on our own. I also find that guided tours are very…

Kauai, Hawaii: Day 3

On our third day on the island, it rained quite a bit. Time to find fun things to do in the rain on Kauai. We decided that we could really do anything in the rain if we didn’t let it bother us. So we went into Hanalei and had lunch and delicious, but expensive tropical drinks. It started…

Kauai Island, Hawaii: Day 2

After a day of travel and random issues, we were ready to start our morning on the Wainiha Bay beach across the street from the place we were staying. It was so nice to see the beach from the upstairs window. While it tends to be a bit rainier on the North Shore in the…

Kauai Island: Day 1 Arrival Adventures

There are so many beaches on Kauai. So many that you will have a hard time visiting them all. Regardless of which ones you visit, you’re bound to find something unique and beautiful on each one. Even in the rain. It rains a lot on the North Shore in the winter. Be warned. But sometimes…

A Letter to Trump

Dear Donald Trump, I didn’t vote for you. Many others did and on Tuesday you were elected to be the next President of the United States. Congratulations. The next four years are going to be tough for you. Probably harder than you thought it would be, and it should be. I hope it ends up…

Fall in Portland

I’m writing this on Halloween morning. It’s cold and wet outside. Daylight Savings Time is next weekend, which means that winter is fast approaching. Winter sucks. I know there are people out there that live for winter, I don’t know any of them, but I’ve heard about them so I guess they exist. Sure, I…

Labor Day Weekend in Jersey

Every year I go back to Jersey to visit my family. For years, I would go back around Thanksgiving or Christmas alternating which holiday I would visit on. The last few years I decided it was time to change it up as costs and chaos around flying during the holidays is not ideal. Plus I…

Summer Time in Oregon

I’ve done a horrible job keeping up with the blog this summer. But that’s ok, because I was having a great time. I’m not trying to brag here, actually yes I am. Truly enjoying the people and nature around you has got to be what the whole point in life. Right? I’m fairly confident that…

Siouxon Creek Trail, Washington

Backpacking is the best form of outdoor adventures for me. It’s a combo of hiking and camping in one! I’m all about combinations. It’s like my thing. If I see a combo meal on a menu where I get to try more than one thing, I’m all in. That’s right. Give me all the food…

Cape Horn Trail Loop, Washington

It’s been the summer of gorgeous hikes. I guess all of my summers involve many gorgeous hikes. So that was kind of a pointless sentence to start with. Let’s start over. It’s been another great summer full of gorgeous hikes. The biggest difference being the awesome company and the milder summer weather. And it’s only…

Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR

Ok, I love gardens. Especially large ones with a variety of plants that you know is likely impossible to maintain in your own garden. Every time I travel I try to find out if there is some cool botanical garden to visit. I’ve been living in Oregon for 10 years now and until this year…