Kayaking On South Lake Union

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!

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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.

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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.

Plan Accordingly

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!

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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

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I'm Grumpy, Can We Go Camping Again Already?

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.

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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.

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Some of my other favorite shots from this weekend were when we got back from our hike and went for a walk.

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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 :)

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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

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Lake Wenatchee - Glacier View Campground

(Don't forget bugspray!)

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Verlot/Mt Index

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Lake Chelan - Can anyone PLEASE help me get to the "boat in" campgrounds here??

Photo to come! ;)

National Josh Geb Day

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Our Weekend in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Golden and More

Our Weekend in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Golden and More

we found a lot of reasons to fall in love this weekend. Four days wasn't enough time to try everything and we will definitely be back. If you're looking for cool restaurants to eat, fun bars to dance, or places to explore around Denver this is the post for you.

Using Instagram To Help Your Travel Bug

 
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Using Instagram to help with your Travel Bug

How often do you use the mapper in Instagram?

I highly recommend you find some of your favorite 'grammers and look at there maps. I promise it will encourage you to start building your own! With a trip plan in the works in June... I am excited to add more to mine. My USA map is pretty pathetic... but I just can't rationalize spending $500+ to go to the east coast when that money can get me to another country.

It's save to say I have the travel bug right now. Now the important question... Costa Rica or Hawaii?

Some of my travel-lust are thanks to these ladies:

@missholldoll - Currently in Thailand! This amazing lady has photos from all over the PNW and beyond, and writes about it adventures at mymountaintherapy.com

@youngadventuress - I got to meet the one and old Liz in New Zealand last year! Her travels never stop on her blog missadventuress.com

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