Looking for a perfect date night adventure movie? When I am not able to get outdoors, or stuck inside with a cold, I try to find something to watch that will keep my wanderlust and inspiration alive. Here are some of my favorite movies to watch cuddled up at home while you are waiting for your next adventure!
Here are three of the best healthy spots to eat on the North Shore. Food trucks, coconut bullet coffee, papaya bowls, açaí bowls, and more! The Sunrise Shack is seriously incredible. All of the fruit and food there is super fresh and mostly everything is vegan—makes for a happy girl. Haliewa Bowls is an Acai Wonderland. It’s hard to decide when you get there what you want to try, but know this: everything is tasty!
Sunrise Destination? Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Living close to Wahiawa, we had a short travel distance towards Kailua, which is only about a 35-minute drive in the morning if you can beat the traffic. Sunrise hikes are always worth the sleepy eyes and grumpiness for the first 10 minutes of the day, I swear.
After having been trekking before in Nepal and back in the US, I set my bar high while on the Salkantay Trek with Killa Expeditions. Even though it seemed impossible, they seemed to raise that bar. We had a large group to accommodate for—13 to be exact!—and before this trip I had only known Maria and Chaniel through instagram. (Thank goodness for girls who love mountains as much as you do!) It turned out to be the biggest learning experience traveling with so many people, and we made memories that will last a lifetime.
We were 9 days deep into the Himalayas. Hiking on average about 6 hours a day. And on April 11th, 2017 I was 17,598ft in the sky, at the base of the largest mountain in the world. I celebrated with my wonderful group of trekking partners and our two guides I met from Himalayan Wonders. We all had made it. How, you ask? A strong combination of desire, jokes, and knowing what to pack.
I wanted to write a travel guide with things I wish I would have read before we decided to live in Paris for a month in Winter. Among many things, we learned that we really suck at speaking French, but that the people here are better than you might think. (Regardless of how disappointed we we're with the food options...)
A little intro to why and how I got started traveling, starting with backpacking in New Zealand. Traveling is different than vacationing, something you realize when you are on a ferry ride in the middle of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi, CLEARLY lost. (But still thoroughly enjoying every minute of it)
With no plans for Memorial Day weekend, I started to come down with the blues on Friday. I was missing my man and feeling like I was going to have the worst Memorial Day Staycation while all my friends were out and about. What cured these sad thoughts? BEING OUTSIDE. and realizing how grateful I am to be living exactly how I am currently.
It's been twelve months since I've felt an urge to blog. So here's me playing catchup:
I left Apple after four years, Working as a full-time Graphic Designer!
This flipping beautiful girl chopped all my hair off <3
Made friends. Lots of them! Saw them got married!
Made some life-long best friends, AKA these two beautiful girls above. Moved around, A LOT. (Lake Stevens - Ballard - Greenlake - Fremont - Queen Anne to be exact)
Summer transitioned into Autumn, where I freeFALLed into 2017.
And hey, look at that! I'm in Thailand. Going to be sharing the next chapter here soon. Stay tuned.
Mount Cook National Park
I've been hearing a lot about how SLU – or South Lake Union as some know it better, is the next up and coming area in Seattle. While its currently developing as an Urban Center with over 10 new buildings over 20+ stories tall, I've stuck to visiting my favorite spots in this area– Art Marble, MOHAI & South Lake Union Park.
If you're looking for a quick fun stop to explore the water that connects Downtown Seattle and Gas Works Park, try out this kayaking adventure with a few friends in South Lake Union!
If it weren't for this development, my newly-found-mountain-friend Kayla might have never moved here with her man who is working right in the middle of it all. Last week we took a day off real life to go try out Moss Bay Kayaking with her Dachshund Mya.
First off, Fuel up
I parked my car for our adventure up the road in a parking garage next to our lunch spot, Lunchbox Laboratory. They have a yelp deal for happy hour priced cocktails. I was brave and tried cow tongue sopas, while Kayla opted in for classic mac and greens.
I wasn't able to find any free parking near Moss Bay, and they will apparently tow your car if you don't pay. It makes sense to plan for 2-3 hours even if you're only renting for an hour... you never know how long your expedition will take!
Enjoy the waves
The water was surprisingly pleasant. We brought along a GoPro to be able to fully capture the adventure. They do supply water safe bags that you can store your stuff in, but I know how clumsy I am, so I opted in to leave my camera at home. Glad there were a few photos snapped from this day, it was definitely a fun day! <3
This weekend was pretty uneventful. I defaulted to looking at photos and playing computer games while staying in. In the midst of tidying up my Photos Library I realized I didn't share our first camping trip of the season with our friends Kayla and Matt. I want NOTHING more than to be back in this sunshine and be dirty and scraped up from tripping over rocks, watching the sun set over Lake Wenatchee. The campground was at the state park, and although I usually prefer solitude of backpacking camping I was pleasantly surprised with how empty it was. I have my eye on a campsite at Glacier View next time were up that way. Check out the end of this post for some more camping tips :) I can't even recall the details of how it became decided to go to Lake Wenatchee, but we got the car packed up and headed east Friday after work. Got camp set up and busted out a board game. Mya joined us for a bit before she passed out in Kayla's arms.
We had talked my dad into coming over to Leavenworth to visit, so after some oatmeal in my Jetboil we drove around a bit and then went into town. This is where we stopped at the campsite on the other end of the lake, Glacier View Campground. Apparently this end sits in a little cove with little to no wind and attracts LOTS of mosquitos, we were in love with the views that a lot of the campsites had. We will be back to stay for sure after June when the bugs aren't so bad.
My dad rode over on his Indian and got his usual KOA campsite so we went to go hammock for a bit after our lunch at Fresh Burger Cafe– Not your typical german food but these guys know how to put together an amazing burger.
We decided to check out Hidden Lake, a small hike near Lake Wenatchee. We had a great time stumbling through the woods. It really ended our trip with a bang.
Some of my other favorite shots from this weekend were when we got back from our hike and went for a walk.
What a nice weekend. Can't wait to be back outdoors next weekend. If anyone is a late planner and wants to join us for Memorial Day Weekend get in touch :)
I'm excited to start compiling my favorite campsites this summer, and i'll be sure to share them all here and link to posts in the future!
Lake Diablo, Colonial Creek Campground
Lake Wenatchee - Glacier View Campground
(Don't forget bugspray!)
Lake Chelan - Can anyone PLEASE help me get to the "boat in" campgrounds here??
Photo to come! ;)
You know when you meet a bunch of new people you instantly like and want to immediately become friends with? I met a lot of those kind of humans last weekend for some birthday celebrations,
National Josh Geb Day.
Josh got his own geofilter for snapchat, how freaking cool is that? We celebrated at Saint Helens Cafe in University District and had unlimited mimosas (See snapchat above for proof), the most amazing tasting hamburger ever, and took to the photo booth that was set up, courtesy of The Snap Bar. Here are some of my favorites that I had to save from our boozy brunch.
If you haven't been to a recent wedding or party with a Photo Booth, make your own! Check out my post on our homemade photobooth here.