Bavarian Charm in Leavenworth, WA

Leavenworth is one of those cities which, despite growing up in Washington, I never visited before moving to the other side of the country. I’ll be honest, in high school I thought Leavenworth was a small town with plenty of cows and not a whole lot of nightlife. One of those blips on the map that we passed by when making the long drive to visit family in Spokane.

How wrong I was. Continue reading “Bavarian Charm in Leavenworth, WA”

A Rainy Day Visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Washington. Family. Bright, gorgeous flowers. A hint of rain. These are a few of my favorite things, and I got to experience all of them at the same time at Washington State’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April. Continue reading “A Rainy Day Visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival”

An Early Morning Hike to Wallace Falls, WA

The chilly mountain air swept over us as the car doors slammed shut, making the hairs on my arms stand on end. I was home. There’s a certain smell that accompanies the woods on an early morning, the sun obscured by towering mountains and dense layers of trees. It always brings me right back to the years spent camping as a kid, eyes shut as I lay in my sleeping bag, taking in the chirping of birds, the hissing of camp sausages, and that fresh, damp air hanging over the campsite. There’s nothing like being in nature, experiencing it rather than reading about it in a textbook, and letting it sweep over you and take you in. Continue reading “An Early Morning Hike to Wallace Falls, WA”

The Best of Both Worlds is in Washington State

In April, I traveled home to see my family in Washington State. It’s a trip I’ve made many times, and I still don’t get bored. I may have grown up there, but the Seattle area feels more like a vacation destination every time I visit. I love hanging out with my family, going shopping with my mom, and just enjoying the downtime and fresh, cool air. Continue reading “The Best of Both Worlds is in Washington State”

My First Travel Blogaversary: Seven Treasured Travel Memories

Today, Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere turns one year old! I started this blog in part to force myself to pursue my travel dreams, and so far, it’s been a smashing success! In the past year, I’ve traveled to California, Washington and Utah, and shared details about the trip to France that spurred this whole thing into motion.

To celebrate, I want to share my top five travel memories. We’re going way back, starting at a time before I even owned a laptop or knew what SEO meant. Continue reading “My First Travel Blogaversary: Seven Treasured Travel Memories”

A Fitting Goodbye to the Pacific Northwest

One of the things I look forward to most when visiting home is exploring more of the beautiful state parks and hiking trails spread across Washington State. And yet, aside from a brief jaunt down to the beach at Deception Pass, I had not explored any new trails on my most recent visit home. Initially, we hoped to venture out closer to Wallace Falls, another great find from my mom. Scheduling issues kept getting in the way, and our hike fell on the last day of my trip home. Continue reading “A Fitting Goodbye to the Pacific Northwest”

Tulips and State Parks and Bridges, Oh My!

Oy. It’s officially been a whole month since I last posted. Between hosting two siblings, celebrating birthdays, and some crazy work hours, I’m either too busy or too exhausted to write! I guess it’s a good thing I’m not a full-time traveler (yet)!

Anyway, to continue my posts on the ever-beautiful State of Washington, today I’m taking you to two well-known locations just an hour and a half outside of Seattle.

When I told my mom last spring that I was coming up for an impromptu visit, she immediately started looking up fun new locations for me to visit and share here. Continue reading “Tulips and State Parks and Bridges, Oh My!”

Seeing Red in Seattle

By now, most of the world knows what happened to Pompeii. The prosperous port city was infamously destroyed in the year 79 A.D., buried under layers of ash from nearby Mount Vesuvius. It was nearly forgotten until its excavation in 1748, when workers discovered that the city’s remains were remarkably well-preserved. From the remains, historians and archaeologists were able to see exactly what life was life in ancient Pompeii. Continue reading “Seeing Red in Seattle”

Home Sweet Home

I never understood why anyone would want to live in Washington State.

I was bored looking at the same old trees, the same gray drizzle, and the same street I’d lived on my entire life. Our idea of getting away usually involved camping in Idaho, or a day trip across the Canadian border. Why did my parents have to chooseΒ this state to raise us in? Continue reading “Home Sweet Home”

The Great Foodie Road Trip

Is there a travel addict out there whoΒ doesn’t love the Travel Channel? One of my favorite TV personalities is Anthony Bourdain. Escaping to Rome for some cacio e pepe is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day at my “real” job. That guy has the life. I mean, the tagline for one of his (many) television shows is “I Write. I Eat. I Travel.” Who wouldn’t want to do that for a living? Continue reading “The Great Foodie Road Trip”