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Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Washington State has a special place in my heart and is by far one of my favorite places to visit in the U.S. The colors are so vivid, air is fresh and the temperature is cool even in the summer. Mount Rainier is Washington’s crown jewel. On a clear day you can see the mountain all the way from Seattle. Standing at 14,410 feet above sea level, this active volcano is the most recognized landmark of the Washington landscape. The…

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European Itinerary Part 1 – London, Bath and Stonehenge

European Itinerary Part 1 – London, Bath and Stonehenge

      How do you fit in all that Europe has to offer in less than 3 weeks? Cities, culture, theatre, history, nature and more… First, don’t try to do everything. With each place I visit I always assume I will return again. Have a plan, but don’t overbook yourself. You don’t want to be so booked you can’t do and see the unexpected. Be flexible. Even the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Stop and breath. You…

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European Itinerary Part 2 – Paris and Versailles

European Itinerary Part 2 – Paris and Versailles

      Our next stop was Paris. It’s a wondrous city from its culture and architecture to its history and food. Day 5 | On to Paris, the City of Lights Taking the Eurostar from London was a breeze and we were in Paris in just a couple of hours. First stop, the Louvre. This place is massive so it’s best to have a plan of what you want to see before going. Tip – book your tickets early to avoid…

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European Itinerary Part 5 – Windsor and Trip Reflection

European Itinerary Part 5 – Windsor and Trip Reflection

      When we booked our flights to Europe we were able to get a good deal but it required us to fly in and out of Heathrow airport in England. Initially our last destination was going to be Amsterdam but to make the most out of the flight situation we choose to fly to London from Amsterdam and stay an extra night in Windsor before flying home. Day 17 | Windsor Flying into Heathrow airport, it was a…

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Five Places for Amazing Eats in Amsterdam and Volendam

Five Places for Amazing Eats in Amsterdam and Volendam

I wasn’t expecting great food in Amsterdam but was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case. From Dutch pancakes and artisan cheese to stroopwafels and traditional dishes, there are so many things to try. Have to admit I wasn’t brave enough to try the traditional raw herring. Maybe next time.  Café Van Kerkwij Café Van Kerkwij is a classic Amsterdam Cafe and Restaurant. It is located in the Red Light district tucked into an alley. I probably would of missed it…

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Three Days in Tahoe in Summertime – Part 3

Three Days in Tahoe in Summertime – Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    Our three days in Tahoe area were part of a larger roadtrip that included visiting Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Mountain. Lake Tahoe was the last stop on our roadtrip. Day 4 | Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay Total drive time: 3 hours and 15 minutes* Lake Tahoe is a large lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft, it straddles the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake…

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One Day in Mammoth, California in Summertime – Part 2

One Day in Mammoth, California in Summertime – Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    This day-trip to Mammoth Mountain was part of a longer roadtrip that included Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe area. We stayed in Bridgeport and ventured to Mammoth for a day of hiking and sightseeing. While Mammoth Mountain is known as a winter paradise for skiers, it’s also amazing in the summertime. Day 3 | Mammoth Total drive time:  4 hours and 30 minutes* We spent a day at Mammoth Mountain. It’s a lava dome complex west of…

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Two Days in Yosemite in Summertime – Part 1

Two Days in Yosemite in Summertime – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    This trip started as an addition of a few days in Yosemite during a business trip to San Jose. But, once we started researching the area, we kept adding new attractions and days. So all in all, we spent 6 days in three unbelievably distinct spots – each with its own beauty. We started in Yosemite National Park, then spent a day in Mammoth and finally three days in Lake Tahoe area. While Yosemite is still my favorite…

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