Hikes

Olympic Peninsula

Olympic Peninsula

We took the ferry to Kingston and drove passed Port Angles up to Hurricane Ridge. We had a beautiful 17 mile drive up the mountain road with plenty of places to stop and appreciate the scenery. We weren't quite ready to wrap up our trip, so we looked up other nearby places and I discovered WTA (Washington Trail Association) which allows you to access trip reports and nearby trails and parks.

Interior decorating + Ordering In with Grubhub

Was the greatest. (My posts seem to always have that opening statement, but I swear something about this night...) It was such a reward to be done with school today and just RELAX. I feel like it was the first night since we got back from Montana that we actually got a break.

We decided to take a little date night to target where we got some cute new bathroom essentials men never seem to think they need. While he cleaned up his apartment I set up the new shower bar, towels, and shower curtain. I wish we took before photos but just picture this:

atrocity. WITHOUT A SHOWER CURTAIN.

ha ha. Anyways here are the after pictures of the new setup!

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Once the bathroom was done, I got to experience GrubHub. Basically, any metro area has people that will deliver food to you. So lets say you were craving thai and italian, they will go to each restaurant pick it up and deliver it right to you. THE BEST. Sorry for the kinda of blurry iPhone photos– I was in a rush to eat : ) Going to finish this evening off with fleece blankets and Dexter. It's crazy that January is already basically over. It's making summer seem like it's in the distant future. I can't wait.

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Montana Road trip: Olloclip adventures

This weekend was purely brilliant and I am still in a daze from it. I packed completely wrong and slept most of the car ride, while the boys jammed to heavy metal and rock music. (I'm a very heavy sleeper.) Nevertheless here are some great photos on the drive up there. We stopped quite a few times to take some photos. (Okay, maybe more than a few) I also got to try out my new Olloclip, which is so neat! It's a lens you attach to your iphone to take fisheye, macro, and wide angle shots. Really highlights the beautiful camera power that Apple has designed. Here is a photo of me using it:

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And here are some shots I liked:

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Our next stop was near spokane area, right off the highway the sun was going down and we found brilliant shadows created by the trees. These are some of my favorite shots, ever.

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This is my glamorous friend, Nick.

I'll post our adventures that we had when we got to Montana later on. In the meantime I am still trying to locate all my essentials that got lost in Pete (the rabbit) on the car ride back home. This was after as we were leaving. Pretty huh?

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Mount Pilchuck Jeep Adventure

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Spur of the moment, "lets go on an adventure" with three of my friends. Blasting Blink 182, uplifting dirt and exploring the good old PNW.

My cute bestie and her guy!

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I no longer have the video file, but this video I posted on this day never fails to take away my stress, I revisit it all the time. http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/499564507990920868_198208138

Finished up the evening with a large dinner at an unknown mexican restauruant with a gay waiter who bought my friends boyfriend a margarita.

Reminscing the Past: Crescent Bar

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One of those memories that was purely awesome primarily because of the people you were with. This was last summer, when all of my best friends went on a roadtrip to Crescent Bar to see John Mayer at the Gorge.

We stayed at Wild Horse Campground in George, Wa. I was pretty impressed with how our campsite turned out (Photo below). A tip for you all: DON'T FORGET LIGHT. We spent every night in the dark because someone forgot the lantern. (Not pointing fingers though!)

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The drive down was amazing. We took the scenic route, stopping at Snoqualmie Falls. Also drove passed these awesome wind towers. Live it.

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Overall was an awesome trip. With awesome friends!

Sushi + Candy Cane Lane + Hot Cocoa

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Yeah, I have to say this one blew me out of the water. My friend Mio and I were feeling the holiday spirit this season. (Something I am NOT used to, I live for sunshine.) Here's a picture of his christmas tree:

I'm recently new to Sushi, and have been telling my friends I've wanted to try it. Now I can't get enough of it, favorites so far being Japonessa down on 1st Ave and the place he took me to, Sushi Kappo Tamura in East Lake. I'd like to consider myself having  a good eye for design, and I have to say that the food was subpar to the actual restaurant itself. The atmosphere, sushi bar, and not to mention how the menus were placed in relation to the plateware all made me giddy. Definitely recommending trying the Salmon Skin Roll.

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The next part of the evening was a surprise. I was not told where we were going but I got a clue to dress up warm. (Challenge Accepted.) We drive with Michael Bublé's Christmas Album playing nice and loud. And then hit traffic.

But no worries! Apparently it was all apart of the plan. We end up walking up to a childhood memory of mine, Candy Cane Lane. Are these local, or are they found everywhere? I know there is a spot up North as well. Anywhoo, it was not as grand as I recall as a child, but it was a very adorable surprise. Wrapped up the night with watching Love Actually and drinking Hot Chocolate and IPA. Very Classy ; )

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Reminiscing on Spring

WOW. White pants, picnics and sunshine.

What can be better? Miles and I used to go pick up lunch to go from our favorite restaurants in town and then bring our chilren (cats) out on a blanket and get some sunshine right in his front yard. It was incredibly easy, and requires hardly any effort!

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Being Blonde in the Lake Stevens Summers

Maybe blondes do really have more fun? As I am looking back on my iPhoto library, I am really missing summer. People seem happier, weather is nicer, etc. But I know this summer will be amazing. It's going to top them all. Graduation. 21. and then hopefully a whole shift change of adventures in Australia by 2015. In the meantime, here is me reminiscing on my blonde days. Including but not limited:

  • Dancing in my front yard, trying to do cartwheels, tanning and drawing with chalk

  • Heading to Debuke River to have a campfire and fall asleep under the stars

  • Tradition: Ixtapa dates with friends visiting

  • Eating pizza. Enough said.

  • Index Mountain (Secret) Hike

  • Three Lakes in Snohomish, Wa

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Reviewing the Past: (Attempting) Fishing

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I was lucky enough to grow up on Lake Stevens. I never truly appreciated this until recently, when I got to spend my springs and summers relaxing directly on the lake. (Below is Pilchuck on a brilliant sunny day, and when the sun sets behind the hill)

So two summers (?) ago, we decided to try to take advantage of my dad's fishing poles and caught-and-release all summer. The struggle of trying to keep on on your line is a fun challenge. Miles always caught more than me, but I absolutely hated

a) putting worms on hooks

b) taking fish OFF hooks.

This didn't turn into a tradition, nevertheless it was a fun relaxing thing to do when the weather permitted.

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Reviewing the Past: Bridal Veil Falls, WA

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This was our fathers day hike last year. I skipped the part where they decided to go explore some dark creepy caves, but I was certainly blown away with the size of these waterfalls.

visit http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-serene for directions. I love wta.org because you can see photos and tips from other (far more) experienced hikers in the PNW.

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