Category: Blog

  • 2018 in a Nutshell

    2018 in a Nutshell

    Life is great in the Pacific Northwest! 2018 was a jam-packed year! If I could sum it up in a few words: mountains, Seattle, hiking, friends, photography, travel in the PNW, Switzerland, and so many photos of our fur-kids. January January started off with a 1500-mile move from Salt Lake City to Seattle with a […]

  • 52 Hike Challenge 2018: Completed

    52 Hike Challenge 2018: Completed

    I did it— 52 hikes in 52 weeks! Remember in January when I first posted about doing this challenge? I feel that I rarely keep up New Years Resolutions, but I did this one! It was definitely a commitment, but I enjoyed doing it. 172 miles and 34,329 feet of elevation gain! This was a fantastic […]

  • A Weekend Guide to Bend, Oregon [Labor Day Weekend]

    A Weekend Guide to Bend, Oregon [Labor Day Weekend]

    Moving to Seattle has opened up a whole new range of cool places to road trip to for long weekends. When one of my coworkers came back from Bend one weekend, she told me that it was a place me and Brighton needed to visit! So I booked the same hotel she did, and started […]

  • Happy Birthday Next Stop Adventure: 3 Years!

    Happy Birthday Next Stop Adventure: 3 Years!

    It’s been another year for the books blog! How does summer always end up going by so quickly? While I love each of the seasons for different reasons, the summer is always seems full of possibilities looking forward in April/May, and then suddenly, it’s over by September. Time is a funny creature that seems to […]

  • Visiting Oeschinen Lake (Oeschinensee) [Kandersteg, Switzerland]

    Visiting Oeschinen Lake (Oeschinensee) [Kandersteg, Switzerland]

    For our last day in Switzerland, we wanted to get any last-minute adventures in as we headed back north to Zurich. After discussing a couple options with Martina, we chose Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg, near Adelboden. The lake is well-known among the locals of the Bernese Oberland, but less known among tourists. It’s also part […]

  • Skagit Valley Tulip Valley

    Skagit Valley Tulip Valley

    One of the many seasonal events in the Western Washington area is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. It happens every April, and they are in their 34th year! There are a couple main gardens that people visit— the RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town. It’s designed as a driving tour, meaning you can get in your car […]

  • A Weekend in Portland [Our Second Anniversary Trip]

    A Weekend in Portland [Our Second Anniversary Trip]

    For our second anniversary, we decided to make a weekend adventure to Portland! Now that we’ve moved, Portland is only about 3 hours away from our new home! We haven’t had a lot of opportunity to leave since we moved away from our favorite dog sitters— thank you Kelli & Ashley! But determined to get […]

  • Little Si [Hike 10/52]

    Little Si [Hike 10/52]

    When I asked my friend Hannah (who is from Washington) what a couple great, pretty easy Seattle area hikes are, her answer was: Rattlesnake Ledge and Little Si, both in the North Bend area. Distance: 4.7 miles, RT Gain: 1300 feet Hiked: 3.18.18 Dogs: Yes, on leash Pass: Discover Pass We completed Rattlesnake Ledge back […]

  • Seattle [Things to Do]

    Seattle [Things to Do]

    A few weeks ago, my sister Katie came out to Seattle to visit. She finally met our cats (and saw Koda again), saw our new place, and had some major nostalgia— she lived in Ellensburg, WA about 7 years ago while she completed her Masters. On the day she flew in, we did a quick […]

  • Twin Falls [Hike 9/52]

    Twin Falls [Hike 9/52]

    My sister Katie was visiting last week so we headed out to the Snoqualmie/North Bend area for a quick and easy hike to Twin Falls. Distance: 2.6 miles, RT Gain: 500 feet Pass: Discover Pass (WA State Parks) Hiked: 3.10.18 We got there late in the day after Katie’s day of flying cross-country to visit, […]